A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The series offers an educational look at the technology and craftsmanship that goes into cutting-edge manufacturing processes.
Violence & Scariness
A few segments centering on gun assembly show people test firing the weapons.
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Rare expletives like "s--t" are bleeped.
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Products & Purchases
No outright promotional material, but the featured companies certainly get a lot of air time.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this intriguing docuseries -- which gives viewers an up-close look at the manufacturing processes behind products from automobile airbags to world's largest revolver -- is a great choice for curious families. The host explains each stage of production in a way that's easy for the average viewer to understand, though young kids probably won't have the attention span to follow a project from start to finish. Expect some rare bleeped swearing.
Is It Any Good?
The show has a lot in common with its many peers (including How It's Made and John Ratzenberger's Made in America), but it's certainly a worthwhile viewing choice if you're the type who's intrigued by the ins and outs of the production process. The series also spotlights the craftsmanship that's often overlooked in the technology era and gives credit to the workers whose skills still make them irreplaceable by machines.
And for the mechanically unsavvy, the good news is that Brain's background in both science and communication makes him an adept tour guide; he easily tweaks the experts' technical jargon into a narrative that any viewer can easily understand. The subject matter probably won't interest young kids, but if your tweens and teens will tune in with you, you'll all come away from the show with a better understanding of what's involved in making some of the products we often take for granted.
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