A classic series of films exploring nature and man in various cultural and historical contexts. Beginning in the 1960s (when they aired on CBS), the specials set a standard for vivid documentary filmmaking and the many 'Nat'l Geo' prizes include Emmys for 'Mysteries of the Mind' and 'The Invisible World.' With the advent of cable, the specials evolved into two series before the creation of the National Geographic Channel in 2001.
Major events and influential figures of the century are chronicled in this Emmy-winning documentary series. Topics ranged from the suffragette movement to D-Day to the race to produce the first supersonic jet, and those profiled ran the gamut from Gandhi to Dave Brubeck. In January 1967, the title was changed to 'The 21st Century.'