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Where Did It Come From?

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Glimpse into technology's past is fun for curious families.

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This fascinating series proves that it's possible to make a research-based show that's both entertaining and educational. On paper, the topics read like dusty old textbooks ("Masters of the Wind" and "Drilling and Mining," to name a couple), but spend five minutes with the charismatic host, and it's easy to get hooked on any of the subjects. Guillen's casual demeanor gives the show a laid-back, unscripted feel that makes it a real treat to take in.

The show's educational quality is a given, as it encourages viewers to think in broader terms about the origins of luxuries we take for granted every day. It also serves as a window to the past with intricate demonstrations of replicated ancient machines that first allowed access to running water, instigated the production of weapons, and inspired the idea for floating ships. Although the subject matter will bore young kids and select episodes include some photos and reenactments of war and weapon use, it's a great choice for tweens and teens.

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