A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Toys can reflect our culture and values and other aspects of our lives. They are also created to make money.
Positive Role Models
Designers are creative, but ultimately folks work hard to make a profit.
Violence & Scariness
Toys include soldiers, cap guns, lightsabers, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes contain strong sexual innuendo, while others offer occasional risqué humor.
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Products & Purchases
Toys, brands, and advertisements are constantly shown, but in context.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Toys That Made Us is a fun docuseries about toys geared toward teens and adults. Featured products range from famous dolls and action figures to movie and TV-based merchandise. All of this is offered in an informative context. Some episodes contain some strong sexual innuendo, and most contain some quirky, risqué humor for an audience that's ready for a nostalgic trip back to childhood.
Is It Any Good?
This entertaining, quirky series explores the thinking behind some of America's most popular toys. It reveals how dolls like G.I. Joe were designed to give kids a chance to play in ways that weren't possible before, while other toys were specifically made to expand film, TV, and comic book franchises. Designers describe the challenges they faced when trying to create a product with mass appeal, even if it looked different from other toys on the market. The unique corporate deals and marketing schemes that led to big profits (and some epic failures) are also discussed.
The Toys That Made Us uses colorful images, wacky reenactments, and risqué humor to keep it as fun as the playthings they are showcasing. But the specific details it offers about the toys it examines are interesting in their own right, especially when addressing historically questionable design decisions (like Barbie's unrealistic body proportions) and notoriously bad business deals. Overall, the series offers a chance to learn more about the toys many of us grew up with and how they evolved to become an important part of American popular culture
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.