Connections (1978)


Genre: Documentary , History

Plot: The original ten volume series was made in 1978. The popular success of the series led to two sequels, Connections 2 (sometimes written Connections2) in 1994, and Connections 3 (or Connections3) in 1997, both produced for TLC. By turning science into a detective story James Burke creates a series that will fascinate students and adults alike. This interdisciplinary approach has never before been applied to history or science and it succeeds tremendously. Winner of the Red Ribbon in the American Film Festival, the scope of the series covers 19 countries and 150 locations, requiring over 14 months of filming. As the Sherlock Holmes of science, Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions-the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls "triggers," some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. And so the connections begin... Read More



Episode 10: In Touch
Episode 9: Hit the Water
Episode 8: Fire from the Sky
Episode 7: A Special Place
Episode 6: Elementary Stuff
Episode 5: Life is No Picnic
Episode 4: An Invisible Object
Episode 3: Drop the Apple
Episode 2: What's in a Name?
Episode 1: Feedback
Episode 20: Flexible Response
Episode 19: Better Than the Real Thing
Episode 18: Sign Here
Episode 17: One Word
Episode 16: Routes
Episode 15: Making Waves
Episode 14: Bright Ideas
Episode 13: The Big Spin
Episode 12: Hot Pickle
Episode 11: New Harmony
Episode 10: Déjà Vu
Episode 9: High Time
Episode 8: Separate Ways
Episode 7: Photo Finish
Episode 6: Echoes of the Past
Episode 5: Something for Nothing
Episode 4: Whodunit?
Episode 3: Getting It Together
Episode 2: Sentimental Journeys
Episode 1: Revolutions
Episode 10: Yesterday, Tomorrow and You
Episode 9: Countdown
Episode 8: Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Episode 7: The Long Chain
Episode 6: Thunder in the Skies
Episode 5: The Wheel of Fortune
Episode 4: Faith in Numbers
Episode 3: Distant Voices
Episode 2: Death in the Morning
Episode 1: The Trigger Effect