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The show encourages viewers' curiosity about the production process behind everyday items. It also showcases how ingenuity and engineering cooperate to make production faster and more cost-effective and celebrates the craftsmanship of the factories' skilled laborers.
Products & Purchases
Companies' names are mentioned, but it's obvious that the show's intent is to educate rather than market products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this intriguing educational series -- which shows how human ingenuity and cutting-edge technology combine to produce everyday items we often take for granted -- is like taking multiple field trips in a 30-minute chunk of time. That makes it an ideal choice for families looking for entertainment and learning opportunities rolled into one. It probably won't capture the attention of very young kids, but grade-schoolers and up are likely to view everyday consumer goods with more curiosity after these behind-the-scenes glimpses.
Is It Any Good?
If you and your kids are at all curious about where the stuff you buy comes from, this show is guaranteed to interest you -- and you'll walk away with plenty of fun facts to share with your friends. (For example, who would have thought a factory team could pump out a whopping 60,000 frozen burritos in a single eight-hour shift?) The series is perfectly paced for grade-schoolers' attention spans, since it covers three different products in each 30-minute episode, and the narration is jargon-free and easy for viewers of all ages to understand.
Certain segments will appeal to viewers more than others, depending on your specific interests, but on the whole, Factory Made is worthwhile family entertainment. As a bonus, its focus on factories also shines the spotlight on skilled laborers whose craftsmanship is often overlooked amid the technological marvels of the production line.
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