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My Million Dollar Invention

My Million Dollar Invention uses a compelling drama documentary format to showcase ideas with impact - from dynamite to electric chairs, television to the first toothbrush, running shoes to roller coasters. Each week the series focuses on a new theme: vision, danger, speed, crime and more. Every episode then tells the stories behind four major innovations and the inventors who imagined them, the painstaking efforts to bring the ideas to life, and what kind of legacy these inventions have left behind.

Many stories involve some of the biggest names in science and industry - including Thomas Edison, George Westinghouse, Alfred Nobel, David Sarnoff, Sam Colt, Charles Goodyear, and more. Others show viewers how a single idea by a single obscure individual, borne out of necessity, can become the seed that grows into global corporations, like Xerox. Each episode interviews the living inventors and experts, delves into the archives, and explores the intrigue, pitfalls and triumphs of a single inspiration that led to a business empire.

Show Info

Network: United States Smithsonian Channel (2015 - 2015)
Schedule: Sundays at 20:00 (60 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Episodes ordered: 8 episodes

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Previous Episode

The Little Guy

Episode 1x08; Aug 2, 2015

They were little guys with big ideas, who started out with nothing, gave everything, and created something that changed the world. These incredible tales involve a child of slaves who defied prejudice, an engineer who fought a 30-year legal battle ag

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x08: The Little GuyAug 2, 2015
1x07: Guns and GoldminesJul 26, 2015
1x06: Life and DeathJul 19, 2015
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