The BEST Episodes of Origins: The Journey of Humankind

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2020

Hosted by Jason Silva, ORIGINS: THE JOURNEY OF HUMANKIND rewinds all the way back to the beginning and explores the innovations that made us modern.

The Writing On the Wall

#1 - The Writing On the Wall

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 27, 2017

A look at how the ability to communicate impacted the human race.

star 7.96
45 votes
The Road Ahead

#2 - The Road Ahead

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 1, 2017

Engines and animals powered the rise of civilization, driving humanity into the modern world.

star 7.56
25 votes
Progress of War

#3 - Progress of War

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 10, 2017

The world's populations seem to be in a constant state of war.

star 7.49
37 votes
Building the Future

#4 - Building the Future

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 17, 2017

From bone huts to skyscrapers, our shelters have evolved with us, every step of the way.

star 7.32
37 votes
Into the Unknown

#5 - Into the Unknown

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 24, 2017

Our primal curiosity has sparked new inventions and revealed the mysteries of the universe.

star 7.29
28 votes
Power of Money

#6 - Power of Money

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 20, 2017

Money is the most successful story imagined by humans, because it's the only story everyone believes. From a simple act of trade to the greed for gold to today’s global economy, the meaning of money and what we value changes as civilization evolves. If modern money is a reflection of who we are, what does it say about us?

star 7.26
61 votes
Spark of Civilization

#7 - Spark of Civilization

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 6, 2017

Harnessing fire gave us the power to create, to destroy and to transform. But it also taught us hard lessons about what we can and cannot control. This is the story of how fire transformed our biology and carried us from the savannah to the moon.

star 7.22
130 votes
Cheating Death

#8 - Cheating Death

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 13, 2017

Microscopic armies have waged war on humanity for thousands of years. Medicine is our great weapon to fight back against invisible, unthinkable death.

star 7.13
75 votes