"Mankind the Story of All of Us" is a twelve-hour, six-night television event on History Channel that is narrated by acclaimed actor and Oscar nominee Josh Brolin ("Milk," "No Country for Old Men," "W." and the upcoming "Gangster Squad"). Over two years in the making, this programming event is one of the most in-depth television series ever produced by the network.

It takes nine billion years for the ideal planet to form, four billion more for the right conditions to emerge before it finally happens: mankind begins. From the dawning of time, mankind has faced numerous obstacles and made surprising leaps forward. In an epic overview of the human race, this fast paced story of us is history like viewers have never seen before. Each event has been chosen because it's a key turning point — a stepping stone in our journey from hunter-gatherer to global citizen. Our story is all about connections — why some ideas take hold and spread around the world and how the lives of people in one part of the world are shaped by events in another.

Key points covered throughout the series include the following: surviving the Ice Age, discovering farming techniques, the sacking of Rome, empire-building under Genghis Kahn, inventing movable type, discovering the New World, the fall of the Aztec Empire, creating the Industrial Revolution, exploring space, re-engineering the human body and so much more. This is our story, a story of triumph and overcoming adversity. It is the story of all of us.

Mankind is a brutal fight for survival. The odds were against us at every turn — over 99% of all species of the earth have gone extinct. This series examines what is unique about us to have made humans the dominant species on the planet. This is a story of survival on a harsh brutal planet — against all odds, we survived.

"Mankind" embraces a groundbreaking way of telling this epic human story. Drawing on a growing global interest in a revelatory field of history, now adopted by universities across the globe. "Big history" focuses on the forces of nature to show how mankind's path is guided by events that stretch back, not hundreds, but thousands, even millions of years. How the power of science — from geology and astronomy, to physics and biology — combined to shape our shared human journey. Revealing astounding global connections, and an astonishing interconnected story. This is history without limits. Free from boundaries and politics. Our story, like it's never been told before.

"Mankind" is the first television series in a generation to look at the history of the human race through the ages, but in a way that is highly ambitious in the scale of its cinematic vision, jaw dropping CGI and dramatic reconstructions of the most critical events in human history. Companion programming on History's complementary network, H2, will also support the series.

History is once again working with the Nutopia production team, led by executive producers Jane Root and Ben Goold, the same team that made "America the Story of Us" an Emmy-winning triumph in 2010 and the most-watched special in the network's history.

"Mankind the Story of All of Us" is produced for History by Nutopia. Jane Root and Ben Goold are executive producers. For History, Julian P. Hobbs and Paul Cabana are executive producers.

Mankind the Story of All of Us Premieres on History Tomorrow Night


Network: History Channel
Genre: Documentary
Premiere Date: November 13, 2012
Seasons: 1
Production Company: Nutopia

Josh Brolin to Narrate 'Mankind the Story of All of Us' — Premiering Tuesday, November 13, the follow-up to "America the Story of Us" will feature the Oscar nominee telling how we as a species succeeded, shaped the world and thrived against all odds. Read more...

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