Modern Marvels

10 Worst Episodes of Modern Marvels

Celebrating ingenuity, invention and imagination brought to life on a grand scale, MODERN MARVELS tells the fascinating stories of the doers, dreamers and sometime-schemers who created everyday items, technological breakthroughs and man-made wonders.

Written by Sophie and last updated on feb 08, 2023.

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Modern Marvels - S18E2

#10 - Built by Hand (Season 18 - Episode 2)

We live in a highly mechanized world in which billions of products are made by machines--but there are some things that can be built only by using an even more sophisticated tool--the human hand. In New Mexico, a pilot who builds his own jet-powered glider takes to the skies--his very life depending on his handiwork. Canoe makers in Montana, and a knife maker in Washington, handcraft items so unique that customers are willing to pay significantly higher prices than if they were machine made. In the farmlands of Central California, craftsmen keep alive the ancient art of weapon making--see their gleaming suits of armor in action, as weekend warriors do battle. Ever wonder how those impressive animal skeletons in museums are constructed? The artists of Skulls International in Oklahoma City share their secrets. And in Hollywood, the Chiodo brothers reveal how handmade special effects have a charm and character that today's computer animators can't duplicate.

The episode was rated 7.33 from 18 votes.

Modern Marvels - S23E3

#9 - Ultimate Helicopters (Season 23 - Episode 3)

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Ready to take a ride on the most thrilling helicopters in the sky? From the military's deadliest and most sophisticated choppers to homemade helicopters and million-dollar models customized with everything from bars and entertainment systems - Modern Marvels explores some of the coolest copters to ever take flight.

The episode was rated 7.23 from 13 votes.

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#8 - Classic Toys (Season 22 - Episode 1)

Adam's not playing around, he's working hard to find out how some toys transform into valuable collectibles and become iconic classics. Adam gets VIP access to see how Play-Doh is created, and how every can gets that amazing smell. Plus, he visits the mecca of pinball manufacturing to see how their pinball machines have outlasted the competition and even the law! Then, how have Slinkys kept springing back? And, an inside look at how Lionel trains keep chugging.

The episode was rated 7.17 from 12 votes.

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#7 - Mega Speed Countdown (Season 19 - Episode 1)

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Modern Marvels is going big, and counting down. We take the “best of” Modern Marvels and give you the MEGA Top 10 countdown. On this edition: Speed. It’s a pure adrenaline rush as we race the top 10 fastest marvels we’ve featured down to the speediest of all.

The episode was rated 7.14 from 14 votes.

Modern Marvels - S18E1

#6 - Inside Your Walls (Season 18 - Episode 1)

Don't look now--but there's a lot more to your walls than you'd ever imagine. Take a penetrating look inside something we consider utterly mundane, and uncover a surprising and sometimes shocking world. A computer-managed home in Colorado showcases the high tech gadgetry destined to inhabit every wall in the future. At the headquarters of Orkin in Atlanta, a network of walls with cutouts and Plexiglas windows reveal how pests and creepy crawlies of all kinds can congregate in huge numbers inside our homes. In Washington, scientists at Underwriters Labs play with fire in the name of research, investigating how our walls can keep us safe--or expose us to a fiery death. And in Los Angeles, a security company demonstrates innovative new technology that can "see" through walls--detecting motion, heat, breathing, even heartbeats.

The episode was rated 7.08 from 12 votes.

Modern Marvels - S22E2

#5 - Top Toys and Games (Season 22 - Episode 2)

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Adam Richman visits the legendary factory where one of the most popular board games of all time is made: Monopoly! Then he finds out how Masters of the Universe action figures are making a comeback in a big way. Plus, see how Mattel is using the latest technology to make new models of Hot Wheels come to life.

The episode was rated 7.08 from 13 votes.

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#4 - Dangerous Drives (Season 23 - Episode 5)

From Bolivia’s Death Road to California’s fog-smothered Highway 99 to dodging IEDs on the road to Baghdad Airport, “Modern Marvels” experiences the harrowing journey down some of the world’s scariest roads.

The episode was rated 7.00 from 10 votes.

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#3 - Swamp Tech (Season 18 - Episode 3)

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It's a great American wilderness--millions of acres of wild, primeval land with its own people, its own technology...and its own rules. Survival there depends on smarts and science, guts and grueling work...and a unique approach to one of the world's most uncompromising environments--swamps. Watch an assembly of the distinctive airboat, then hop on board for a breathtaking journey and discover the surprising history behind this swamp staple of transportation. Take a wild ride on a big-tired swamp buggy, and taste test some local delicacies that bring new meaning to "acquired taste." Witness a massive engineering project to divert the mighty Mississippi River, and meet the machines that make that job possible. Plus come face to face, literally, with enormous pythons and menacing alligators.

The episode was rated 6.80 from 10 votes.

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#2 - Power Tools (Season 21 - Episode 4)

Adam Richman visits power tool manufacturing “mecca” Dewalt, where he discovers how they’re using cutting edge technology to make cutting edge tools. Then, he goes back in time to uncover how one of America’s oldest power tools is still cutting! Next, it’s time to recharge as he finds out how power tools have changed the world, from the outer reaches of space to deep under the ocean, to pit crews racing cars and rescue teams racing time.

The episode was rated 6.71 from 14 votes.

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#1 - Car Wash Tech (Season 23 - Episode 6)

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Two million people wash their car every single day; taking a look at all the technology used to keep those beloved vehicles sparkling clean.

The episode was rated 6.70 from 10 votes.

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