In the classic tale of man vs. machine, John Henry, the powerful steel-drivin' man of legend, is pitted against the newly invented steam-powered automatic drill . . . and wins! Shortly thereafter, he collapses and dies of exhaustion. The legend of his physical prowess and skill, however, lives on.
In honor of Black History Month, American Heroes & Legends presents his story in "John Henry," featuring narration by "Malcolm X's" Denzel Washington and music by B.B. King.
"American Heroes & Legends: John Henry" airs Wednesday 7:30-8 a.m. on Showtime. For ages 2 to 12.
MORE FAMILY SHOWS
Gabrielle Carteris, who plays the crusading Andrea on "Beverly Hills, 90210," becomes an animated crusader as the voice of Fiona, Rowane's friend and Prince Valiant's competitor, in The Legend of Prince Valiant: The Last Rival (Sunday 10:30-11 a.m. Family Channel). When Fiona's abilities win her the favor of Camelot--she's even asked to be the belle of the queen's ball--a jealous Rowanne withdraws her friendship. Rowanne learns a lesson about envy . . . and to appreciate her own accomplishments. For ages 2 and up.
The Natural World: Together They Stand (Monday 5-6 p.m. and 8-9 p.m. Discovery) examines the unusual family structure of the dwarf mongoose. The ferret-like animals will stand up to any enemy, no matter how deadly, to protect one another. For ages 7 and up.