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The show's message is neutral, but the series highlights positive actions like recycling, as well as fun (but potentially dangerous) activities like demolition derbies.
Violence & Scariness
Crash tests show dummies being tossed around with some simulated blood. Some episodes focus on military machines.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names of the machines/items being discussed -- like Ford or Cadillac -- are mentioned.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this educational documentary series -- which looks at what happens to big mechanical items like cars and planes after their conventional use ends -- includes scenes of cars being crushed by balers, as well as crash-test experiments that mimic real accidents and show dummies being thrown around inside vehicles (some even include simulated blood). Some episodes focus on military machines like B-52 bombers and discuss their war-oriented purposes.
Is It Any Good?
Interesting information comes out of each episode, such as the different uses for scrap tires -- which is now a big business. Old tires can be recycled to make padded playground groundcover as well as garden mulch. Viewers also learn about the different facilities and equipment involved in breaking old machines down into their useful parts; in the car episode, they're introduced to the world of car balers, pick-n-pull yards, and more.
In discussing the machines' transformed lives, Boneyard touches on a broad range of topics and areas. For instance, the car episode not only discussed scrap metal and recycled rubber, but also paid a visit to the famous Cadillac Ranch in Texas, where avant-garde artists created a gigantic art installation using half-buried Cadillacs. Altogether, the show is another high-quality History Channel offering that's informative, occasionally enlightening, and -- at times -- a bit dull. Engineering and mechanical enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy the series, but younger viewers may have trouble paying attention for a whole hour.
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