Wake up with a Smile

Join our newsletter

Could This Be The Best-Timed Shot In TV History? You Decide!

greatest shot in tv history

We can classify any number of moments on television as historical, significant, and truly iconic. One particular shot filmed nearly half a century ago has resurfaced and generated some buzz online as the “greatest shot in television history.” 

greatest shot in tv history

The shot from the 1978 BBC series “Connections” features an amazing moment of perfect timing.

Host, historian, and scientist James Burke begins the scene by explaining the history behind the rocket launch set to occur during filming. He then goes on to explain the technology and science that go into the process of a shuttle launch.  

The timeless moment occurs when Burke explains the reaction that occurs within rockets similar to the one behind him, capping the sentence with a powerful “You get that.” 

As Burke raises his hand to point at the rocket in the distance, it launches in perfect sync with his point. 

shuttle launch greatest timed shot

The true artistry of the shot is the “old-school” skill needed to achieve the moment. The show achieved this impeccable timing without the aid of modern editing software. It is a testament to the artistry and precision of television production during that era.

The shot captured by James Burke has stood the test of time, captivating audiences across generations. Many an iconic shot has arisen over the ages of television production, and this one certainly shows an impressive ability to stand the test of time. 

See for yourself and judge — is this the best-timed shot in television history?

You can find the source of this story’s featured image here.

Want to be happier in just 5 minutes a day? Sign up for Morning Smile and join over 455,000+ people who start each day with good news.