Heavy Metal Task Force

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Will Wade, Common Sense Media
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Huge machines make for tween-friendly show.

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Positive Messages

When it comes to man vs. nature, don’t underestimate our ingenuity. The featured machines -- giant drills, cranes, ice-breaking ships, and more -- are all designed to help people perform difficult tasks outdoors that would otherwise be impossible.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The people shown operating the featured machines have undergone special training that takes focus, smarts, and persistence.


No violence, but some of the massive machines are used by the military.


Some companies are named, but they're generally not household names.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this educational series -- which features some of the largest and most powerful machines on Earth -- has nothing for parents to worry about. The series is perfect for any machine-obsessed kid; it explains how these enormous contraptions work and why they're important and shows them in action.

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What's the story?

Big jobs call for big equipment, and the really, really huge projects require the enormous machines of HEAVY METAL TASK FORCE. This educational series profiles some of the most powerful mechanized devices ever built, ranging from nuclear-powered icebreaker ships and hovercrafts big enough to haul full-size battle tanks to the world’s biggest mobile cranes and mining drills. Though rarely seen, these important systems are invaluable in the field, and watching them in action can be fascinating.

Is it any good?

Heavy Metal Task Force provides detailed explanations of the specialized tasks for which each machine is designed and shows how they work. It also goes out to sea, into the mines, and elsewhere to show what it takes to operate them, often under dangerous conditions. As the footage makes clear, these jobs may not be glamorous, but they're definitely challenging.

There’s a growing sub-genre of reality TV that focuses on unusual, demanding, and often dangerous jobs. This series shines a light on rarely seen workers and is a worthy entry into the category. It’s ideal for the many kids who are enthralled by cars and trucks, as well as for mechanical aficionados of all ages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about giant machines. Do you think these machines might be dangerous to use? Do you think controlling them would be difficult? How do you think people handled these tasks before they had specialized machines?

  • Do you think this show is aimed more at boys or girls? Why? Are you entertained by similar shows?

  • Would you like to get a job operating any of these machines? Why or why not?

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