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Did you ever wonder how taffy, hovercraft, bicycle seats or the new hydrogen fuel cells are manufactured? Find out just by watching the television show, How It's Made. How It's Made is a great show for children and adults alike. Aired by the Discovery Channel network, it can be seen in a number of countries. The show typically consists of three to four segments. Each segment shows from start to finish how a product is made. At the beginning of the show, there is a history segment going into discussing an item's past and how it was made then versus the current process.

The segments take place in actual factories and workshops showing experienced assemblers, artisans or technicians making the products. One can see the machines, tools and processes that are required for each step. Products can be anything from a food product such as potato chips or bologna to sporting goods like skateboards. Caskets, jet skis and airplane propellers have been featured on the show. The show's website allows fans to suggest other products they would like to see.

This is an excellent show for increasing children's interest in the world around them. It is like watching portions of an encyclopedia put on video. It can be used to start reading and research into a particular product or process and increase a child's desire to learn. For adults, it is a fun show to watch to see how all those things that are taken for granted day-to-day are made. Learn to look at things in a whole new light, watch How It's Made.

How It's Made is a Documentary & Biography series that is currently running and has 31 seasons (469 episodes). The series first aired on January 6, 2001. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.8.

How It's Made is available for streaming on the Science Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch How It's Made on demand at Science Channel Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, iTunes, Science Channel online.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on Science Channel
31 Seasons, 469 Episodes
January 6, 2001
Documentary & Biography
7.8/10
Cast: Mark Tewksbury
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How It's Made Full Episode Guide

  • Find out how glass faucets, firetruck ladders, antique clock restoration, and barbecue utensils are made.

  • Coconut charcoal; dial indicators; wet downdraft tables; bassoon reeds.

  • How Chinese-style furniture, electrical switches and Thai fish sauce are made.

  • Combination squares; farmed shrimp; ball valves.

  • Wood toys; retro toasters; laboratory furnaces.

  • Mosquito coils; solar assist tricycles; palm oil.

  • Wooden matches; tillage machines; telescopic gangways.

  • Mortars and pestles; bowling lane conditioners; crematories.

  • Commercial drones; aquarium fish; runway cleaners.

  • LED tubes; chocolate peanut butter bars; robotic medication dispensers.

  • Graphene; world's smallest car; force testers; composite cans.

  • Chemical tank pressure vents; candy wafers; food trucks; traditional ropes.

  • CNC assembly machines; lemon tarts; miniature war figures.