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My Million Dollar Invention

My Million Dollar Invention

  • Premiered: 
    June 14, 2015
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  • Network: Smithsonian
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Historical
  • Tags: invention, science, engineering, entrepreneurship

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Plot Synopsis

MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION is a one-hour documentary series that explores inventions and introduces the men and women who dedicated -- and often risked -- their lives to follow their vision and ultimately change the world. According to GATSO, the company founded by Monte Carlo racing champion and inventor Maurice Gatsonides, for one of its segments, the series travels to "Haarlem (Netherlands) to explore the origins and history of traffic enforcement -- from the design of race cars to the design of the first speed measurement device." On Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 10pm ET/PT, Smithsonian Channel aired a sneak-peek episode, which chronicles the stories of body armor, the gas mask, chloroform and the wingsuit, and MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION officially premiered almost two months later on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT, which featured the electric chair, the Ouija board, roller coasters and dynamite.
Smithsonian premiered the Season 1 finale of MY MILLION DOLLAR INVENTION on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT. The season ender, "The Little Guy," highlights little guys with big ideas, who started out with nothing, gave everything, and created something that changed the world -- and their lives -- forever. Discover the stories behind the inventions of the Lego brick, the intermittent windshield wiper, Madam C.J. Walker's hair supplies, and the smiley face. These incredible tales involve a child of slaves who defied prejudice, an engineer who fought a 30-year legal battle against the automotive industry, a designer who created a cultural icon for a $45 paycheck, and more.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Nutopia