Build It Bigger

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  • TV-G
  • 2008
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.6  (357)

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.

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Turkey's Mammoth Hydropowdered Deriner Dam
8. Turkey's Mammoth Hydropowdered Deriner Dam
September 17, 2011
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.
Building Mumbai's Modern Airport
7. Building Mumbai's Modern Airport
September 10, 2011
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.
Amsterdam's Futuristic Floating City
6. Amsterdam's Futuristic Floating City
June 25, 2011
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.
Constructing Serbia's Largest Bridge
5. Constructing Serbia's Largest Bridge
June 18, 2011
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.
London's Olympic Aquatic Stadium
4. London's Olympic Aquatic Stadium
April 29, 2011
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.
Azerbaijan's Amazing Transformation
3. Azerbaijan's Amazing Transformation
April 22, 2011
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.
Drought-Proofing Australia
2. Drought-Proofing Australia
April 15, 2011
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.
Rebuilding New York City's Subway
1. Rebuilding New York City's Subway
April 8, 2011
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.
Description

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.Build It Bigger is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (48 episodes). The series first aired on December 30, 2008.

Where to Watch Build It Bigger

Build It Bigger is available for streaming on the Science Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Build It Bigger on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Science Channel, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    December 30, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.6  (357)