How Do They Do It



In-depth look at unusual and challenging jobs.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Demonstrates how learning to master specialized tasks -- especially ones that are difficult or dangerous -- can lead to satisfying careers.

Positive role models

The professionals who appear in this series have made careers out of mastering very complex, sometimes dangerous tasks. Some of these jobs may seem esoteric, but that’s the point: Many jobs, often the better ones, require very specialized capabilities.

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Some segments focus on factories or other major facilities operated by large companies, which are mentioned by name.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this educational series explains, in nitty-gritty detail, how people perform difficult and unusual jobs, ranging from parking massive cargo ships to designing golf courses or making cheese. The segments provide in-depth looks at rarely seen tasks and often show the value of science and engineering. The show is a mixed bag of information -- some segments will likely engage younger viewers more than others -- but all demonstrate the value of working hard to master specific tasks.

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What's the story?

Where does paper come from? How do you park an enormous cargo ship? Can a laser slice through metal? HOW DO THEY DO IT answers all of these questions and many more. The educational series features in-depth segments on rarely seen jobs -- the cameras go right into factories, workshops, mines, and other job sites to get footage of highly trained specialists performing unusual and difficult taskls. As the title says, the show explains exactly how these jobs are done and why they're important.

Is it any good?


This series is the antithesis of shows that glamorize difficult and dangerous jobs, such as paramedics, demolition experts, and undersea treasure hunters. But while the careers profiled here may be more mundane, they're just as challenging and require plenty of specialized training.

Some viewers will find it interesting to learn, for example, how to create gemstones or turn oil-shale into liquid crude. Others might find segments inspiring, showing how unusual skills can be parlayed into a rewarding career. For either group, it’s a satisfying show to watch.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about career choices. How did the people on this show end up with these jobs? What subjects did they study to prepare for their work? Do you think that mastering a difficult task makes for a satisfying career?

  • How does this show compare to other educational shows about history or science? Do you think this series shows career paths that seem attainable? Would you want any of these jobs?

TV details

Topics:Science and nature
TV rating:TV-G

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old July 28, 2014

vary educational

goes vary in depth with how things work. a great show for 8 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Kid, 8 years old September 18, 2010
How its Made is much better.


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