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It briefly highlights the history of each product, as well as how it is made and why.
It discusses how products evolved into iconic representations of American popular culture. It also celebrates American-made brands and companies.
Positive Role Models
Many of the companies are family owned, and began as small businesses. The people who work for them are from different races and ethnicities, but most companies are white-owned. Those who are interviewed appear proud to do what they do.
Products & Purchases
The logos for the products discussed are prominently visible. There’s lots of vintage advertisements featuring profiled items, too. On occasion associated brands, like Pillsbury, are referenced. This is all offered in a historical and educational context, but the series is also a promotional vehicle for some of the companies profiled.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things is a fun, informative, and family-friendly series about how some of the United States' most iconic products are made, and why they are now considered part of American pop culture. The logos for products and companies profiled in the series are visible, and on occasion other brands are discussed. This is offered in a historical and educational context, but the series also could be seen as promoting the companies that manufacture these items.
Is It Any Good?
This interesting series offers fun details about the history of, and the science and technology behind, a wide range of products associated with the American way of life. Each of the items are made in the United States by companies whose legacies goes back to small, often family-run, businesses, which is a source of pride for the owners and employees who are responsible for making them. Meanwhile, viewers get to watch different phases of the manufacturing process, and learn a little bit more about what makes the product unique. If you're a history buff, or like to learn more about how things are made, Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things is worth watching.
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