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One of the most acclaimed shows on the Discovery Channel is one called "Build it Bigger." This show depicts some of mankind's most memorable technological achievements and how they were made, breaking down the complexity while showing that mankind if capable of producing even bigger accomplishments. As part of the "Extreme Engineering" series, this show reaches out to the technically-minded as well as those who are just interested in how things were made.

It is part of human nature to do something better than before, and this is the whole entire premise of the show. Through reverse engineering, the ways that historical achievements have come about being made are stripped to their core. That core is then rebuilt each episode showing how improvements to size and functionality can be made to the original structure.

Another great aspect of the show is that it is humorous as well as educational. Without the toilet humor and bad language found on some other semi-reality shows that have not succeeded, there is little question of the show's worth through its success. Build it Bigger features a comical narrative that is appropriate for the entire span of the family viewers, without all of the celebrity fluff that once caught the attention of viewers.

This show is for those that seek knowledge, not just simple entertainment. There is a lot of that too, but not in the way that other shows attempt to portray it. If you want to educate your family on the technological advances that their society has made in your earlier days, and compound that knowledge of what can be accomplished during their generation thanks to engineering and technological advances, this show is designed for you.

This is in no way mindless entertainment, but there are enough comical relief moments to get one through the more technical elements of the show. Not onlyy that, but the cast always seems to add a bit of humor to the situation by their suggestions, theories and complications during their struggle for supremacy over previous engineering feats.

Saturday 10:00 PM et/pt on Science Channel
6 Seasons, 48 Episodes - Canceled
February 19, 2006
Science & Technology, Documentary & Biography
7.8/10
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Build It Bigger Full Episode Guide

  • In Turkey Danny joins crews as they build the Deriner Dam, one of the tallest and strongest dams ever constructed, designed to hold back 500 billion gallons of water. When complete it will create enough energy to power the city of Istanbul forever.

  • Danny Forster joins crews as they attempt to overhaul Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai without canceling a single flight. If they succeed, the new airport will revolutionize airport design and change the face of India forever.

  • The Netherlands is getting low on land. Nearly 1/4 of their land and 60% of their population lies beneath sea level. Rather than fight back the sea, engineers are creating real estate where none exists.

  • Joining the construction of Serbia's newest national icon, Johnny will participate in building the world's largest single pylon cable bridge which will improve transportation for freight astronomically.

  • The London Aquatics Centre, one of the most advanced swimming facilities ever built, will host 44 swimming & diving events during the 2012 Olympics and will thrive as a new addition to the London landscape.

  • After decades of Soviet occupation, Azerbaijan is reinventing itself. With a $6 billion a year renovation and 500 new developments, Danny Forster goes behind the scenes of Baku's construction projects: the Flame Towers and Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center.

  • Australia is running out of water due to a 12 year drought that has bleached farmland and prompted cities to ban certain water usage. Melbourne is turning to the island's only unlimited water source: the ocean.

  • Danny takes us to New York City, where the largest public works project in the country is happening: a $15 billion expansion of the NYC transit system. He heads 150 feet underground to find out what can be done without shutting down the city above.

  • Danny Forster goes behind the scenes at the Port of Rotterdam, where crews are in the middle of the largest Earth-moving project in history - all to triple the port's capacity, and help it serve the biggest ships on the planet.

  • Abu Dhabi's $15 billion Central Market will be a new cultural hub for an emerging world destination, complete with offices, parks, luxurious shops, and hotels - and all centered around the world's tallest residential tower, over 1250 feet high.

  • The Swiss government is spending 18 billion dollars to create the Gotthard Base Tunnel - the longest tunnel in the world, getting people and goods through the Alps up to 3 times faster and ultimately changing European transit forever.

  • The most expensive public works project ever in California, crews are racing to earthquake-proof the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge before the next Big One.

  • Melbourne is building one of the most state of the art stadiums in the world.

  • South Africa's Mponeng Gold Mine is the deepest place in the world plunging 3 miles into the Earth. Workers brave frequent earthquakes and 150 degree to sustain Africa's economy.

  • Kuwait is building the the tallest twisting skyscraper in the world.

  • To prevent the city from disaster, New Orleans is building the world's largest hurricane protection system.

  • Brazil is building one of the largest hydroelectric projects in the world to create enough power to keep Rio de Janeiro from going dark during the upcoming Olympics and World Cup.

  • Host Danny Forster takes us to Singapore, where the world's first ever Skypark is being built 650 feet in the air, on top of 3 soaring skyscrapers. Danny heads 55 stories up to help out on some of the heaviest construction lifts ever attempted.

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Build It Bigger Video Clips & Extras

Build it Bigger- Bold Move Clip (02:18) Build it Bigger- Hard Working Roof Clip (01:42) Build it Bigger- Drop Ceiling Clip (01:24) Build it Bigger- Menzi Muck-er Clip (01:45) Build it Bigger- Subway Walls Falling to Pieces Clip (01:44) Build it Bigger- Building Down Clip (01:35) Build it Bigger- Fire in the Hole Clip (01:35)