Each episode of the History Channel program Time Machine takes viewers on an in-depth journey through a seldom traveled corridor of world history. Relying mostly on interviews with experts and the use of archival footage, each tape puts viewers into the historical experience. This episode discusses the role of the Kennedy family in American life, as well as the enormous tragedies that have struck the family in its pursuit of ultimate political power.
Traces the Kennedy clan's calamities that occurred on the rise to power--from immigration from Ireland up to John Kennedy Jr.'s tragic death in 1999. The first installment sees the loss of Joe Jr. in WWII and the assassinations of JFK and RFK, while the second witnesses Ted's downfall and role as surrogate father to a fatherless generation.