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Retro Tech

Retro Tech

  • Premiered: 
    December 2, 2019
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  • Network: YouTube
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the web series (Dope Tech) 
  • Subject Matter:
  • Tags: technology, historical, celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Based on YouTube creator Marques Brownlee's DOPE TECH series, RETRO TECH features Marques unboxing, reviewing, and recounting the greatest vintage tech-driven products that defined pop culture and changed the world as we know it. From the Walkman to the SEGA Genesis to the JVC Camcorder, Marques examines a different nostalgic product -- many of which he has never used -- exploring the history, impact on society, and creators who made the product come to life. Guests include actors, comedians, tech experts, science educators and YouTube creators: Bill Nye, Karlie Kloss, Hannibal Buress, Roy Wood Jr., Michael Fischer, Casey Neistat, Justine Ezarak ("iJustine"), Jake Baldino ("Jake/Gameranx"), Suzanne Mariko Takahashi ("Atomic Mari"), Judner Aura ("UrAvgConsumer"), Andrew, Michael and Evan Gregory ("Gregory Brothers"), Sara Dietschy, and Peter McKinnon. Episodes premiere weekly on Mondays starting December 2, 2019 on and Marques Brownlee's YouTube channel. YouTube Premium subscribers can binge at launch.
Season 2 of RETRO TECH debuted on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 on Marques Brownlee's official YouTube Channel, as Brownlee explores the technological promises of the past with special appearances by Bill Gates, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and many more. The season opener, "Flying Cars," dropped on April 13, with new episodes premiering daily as part of a week-long channel takeover. Futurists predicted that the tech of today would surround us with flying cars, robot maids, and teleportation. While some of these predictions are still sci-fi, others like mobile video calls, virtual reality, and even A.I. and quantum computers are quickly becoming a part of daily life. In the second season, Brownlee unravels these retro tech promises to see just how close we've come in 2021 and the direction revolutionary tech is headed next. Season 2 guests include innovator and philanthropist Bill Gates; astrophysicist, planetary scientist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson; actors and comedians Michael Ian Black, Wyatt Cenac, Negin Farsad, Chris Gethard, and Dulce Sloan; YouTube Creators Jake Baldino (gameranx, 6.3M Subscribers), Kevin Lieber (Vsauce2, 4.3M Subscribers), Gali Russell (HyperChange, 152K Subscribers), Austin Evans (4.9M Subscribers), Michael Gregory (Schmoyoho, 3.3M Subscribers), and Sara Dietschy (762K Subscribers), among others.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Vox Media (aka Vox Entertainment)