They have shared our lives for 20,000 years. Along the way, they’ve helped us find food, kept our livestock, protected us from our enemies, guided us in extreme conditions, and saved us from peril. Now, they comforts us, relieving loneliness and helping us cope with old age. How did dogs come about?

The epic story of humans and dogs, from the Emmy award-winning showrunner Fred Fougea.

Man’s First Friend is an epic, primetime documentary event that combines natural history, science, and anthropology filmmaking with state-of-the-art visual effects and dramatic reconstructions to explore the centuries-old relationship between humankind and dogs.

Where did dogs come from, how did they take such a prominent position in our lives, and how did we learn to harness their unique talents? Viewers are taken on an extraordinary journey through some of the most remote locations in the world to answer these questions and understand how we evolved together. Along the way, we see the pariah dog in India who protects her owner’s banana plantations from daily attacks by black-headed monkeys and the Kenyan bloodhounds trained to track ivory poachers.

This stunning documentary, shot in 4K, is a compelling and definitive look at man’s enduring relationship with dogs.


  • From acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning showrunner Fred Fougea, and leading French producer Boreales (Homo SapiensWild FranceFirst Man)
  • Licensed to over 20 territories including Canada, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, South Korea

Factual // Natural History
1 x 90’ or 2 x 48’
Produced by Boreales in co-production with Winds and NHK for France 2