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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers an intriguing, educational look at how high-tech tools help in many different jobs.
Violence & Scariness
Depending on the featured trade, men and women are sometimes shown in life-threatening situations (like firefighters putting out blazes), but no one is ever injured. In an episode about SWAT teams, members carried guns.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this informative documentary series is great for curious viewers of all ages who like to know how things work. Detailed investigation and narration is enhanced by illustrative computer-generated images to explain which tools professionals use to perform their jobs efficiently. Some of the featured professions are associated with violence -- law enforcement, firefighting, etc. -- and although no one is ever shown injured, scenes of house fires or SWAT teams swarming may be frightening to the littlest viewers.
Is It Any Good?
Tools of the Trade offers an intriguing look at the diversity of gear that allows people to do their jobs -- curious viewers of nearly any age will enjoy learning what the tools do and how they work. That said, the show is probably best for grade-schoolers and up, since young kids won't grasp most of the content and scenes of fire or police work might upset them.
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