Made by Destruction

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  • 2016
  • 1 Season
  • 6.6  (30)

Made by Destruction is a fascinating show from Science Channel hosted by Aris Athanasopoulos that explores the dismantling and destruction of everyday objects and industrial machines to reveal how they work, how they are made and how they are eventually disposed of. The show premiered with 10 episodes in 2016 and has since gained a considerable fan following due to its unique content.

Each episode of the show follows the destruction of a specific item, ranging from airplanes, boats, and cars to escalators, household appliances, and construction equipment. The show takes viewers on a step-by-step journey of the item's deconstruction and provides expert commentary on the engineering and manufacturing processes that went into its creation.

Aris Athanasopoulos, the charismatic host of the show, is a mechanical engineer by profession, and his expertise shines through in his explanations of how each component of the object being destroyed functions. He provides scientifically accurate and digestible explanations for viewers, earning their trust and interest in the process.

The destruction process is carried out by a team of professionals who have experience in dismantling, recycling, and repurposing these objects. The team includes mechanics, engineers, and even trained explosives experts who ensure the objects are carefully and safely taken apart. Such professionals are required to follow strict guidelines when dismantling these machines and appliances.

Made by Destruction is not just about breaking things for the sake of entertainment, but also highlights the environmental impact of these objects on nature. For instance, some episodes feature the disassembly of electronic gadgets and focus on their impact on the environment if not properly disposed of. These discussions provide a wake-up call for viewers to find ways to efficiently dispose of their electronic waste products.

The sets and props used in the show are impressive and realistic, providing a sense of scale and context for the objects being dismantled. Every episode provides a unique insight into various industrial and consumer machines, and the show's editing is top-notch, leaving no room for boredom in any part of the series.

One episode worth mentioning is the deconstruction of a Boeing 727 airplane, which had long been out of service. The episode dives deep into the processes involved in the manufacturing of airplanes, from the making of the fuselage to the engines and how they come together to make a whole airplane. The Airbus A380 was also featured to provide a rare insight into a double-decker aircraft's underbelly.

Another noteworthy episode is that which dismantled the escalator, which is typically seen in malls and public transportation centers. The episode provides detailed information on how the stairs move, how the sidings are manufactured and how the engine moves the stairs, and eventually how the unit is reassembled for reuse, typically in a different location.

Some episodes focus on automobiles, which most people own, or rather, use almost daily. In such episodes, viewers are introduced to the complexities of the machine. These episodes break apart the cars, exhibiting an incredible opportunity to show viewers the intricate work that goes on behind the automobile's beautiful body; from the working of the engine to the seats, transmissions, gearboxes and the sophisticated electronics that make vehicles more powerful and useful machines.

In summary, Made by Destruction is an impressive show with impeccable content that takes viewers on a detailed and informative journey of everyday items' destruction. The show is well-made and highly educational, and the scientific and engineering concepts explained are fascinating and creatively presented, making viewers highly interested in science and engineering concepts. The show is highly recommended to anyone wishing to understand what happens behind the scenes of everyday appliances, machines, and equipment to complement their real-world understanding of how things work around them.

Made by Destruction is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on June 1, 2016.

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Briefcases, Garden Gnomes, and Light Fixtures
12. Briefcases, Garden Gnomes, and Light Fixtures
July 18, 2016
Briefcases made from used airline uniforms; garden gnomes crafted from aluminum hairspray bottles; and cardboard light fixtures made from old newspapers.
Ornaments, Greeting Cards, and Wood Stoves
11. Ornaments, Greeting Cards, and Wood Stoves
July 18, 2016
Glass decorations made from wine bottles; a woodstove constructed from cast iron cookware; and novelty greeting cards made from elephant poop.
Manhole Covers, Foosball Tables, and Snow Globes
10. Manhole Covers, Foosball Tables, and Snow Globes
July 11, 2016
Wobbly-wheeled shopping carts morph into manhole covers. Used toilet paper rolls turn into Foosball tables. Grounded airline trays transform into Snow Globes.
Knives, Surfboard Bags, and Penguin Fences
9. Knives, Surfboard Bags, and Penguin Fences
July 11, 2016
Tired out mattresses transform into cutting-edge chef's knives. Once Billboards come down they're resurrected into cool surfboard bags. Chip bags are processed into plastic lumber then constructed into penguin pens.
Copper Pots, Dresses, and Roads
8. Copper Pots, Dresses, and Roads
June 27, 2016
Copper pots constructed from old televisions; cocktail dresses crafted from sour milk; and an asphalt additive prepared from plastic bags.
Picture Frames, Rings, and Boats
7. Picture Frames, Rings, and Boats
June 27, 2016
Picture frames constructed from foam coolers; engagement rings formed from precious metals in cell phones; and boats crafted from wind turbine blades.
Trophies, Carryalls, and Guitars
6. Trophies, Carryalls, and Guitars
June 20, 2016
A bronze trophy fashioned from unwanted wire; tote bags crafted from decommissioned sails; and guitars made from old-growth wood.
Diamonds, Tile, and Cookie Tins
5. Diamonds, Tile, and Cookie Tins
June 20, 2016
Diamonds formed from a loved one's ashes; and tiles made from used skateboards.
Coins, Speakers, and Race Cars
4. Coins, Speakers, and Race Cars
June 13, 2016
X-Ray film is mined and refined into gleaming pure silver coins. The last of the heart pine beams are being reclaimed from ruins and crafted into speaker cabinets. Carbon fiber bikes hit the road; recycled as Formula Lite racecars.
Chairs, Flowerpots, and Turntables
3. Chairs, Flowerpots, and Turntables
June 13, 2016
Inside a plastic bottle is an ultra-modern chair. Instead of rolling into oblivion, retired rubber tires roll into flowerpots. It's the perfect way to listen to Heavy Metal - a piece of steel bridge is resurrected into a turntable.
Prosthetic Hands, Countertops, and Corn
2. Prosthetic Hands, Countertops, and Corn
June 6, 2016
Recycling visionaries and chemistry wizards work hand in hand getting a second life out fridges giving a second chance to people in need. Dead batteries are being brought back to life to energize the world in a whole new way.
Brass Trumpets, Egg Cartons, and Park Benches
1. Brass Trumpets, Egg Cartons, and Park Benches
June 6, 2016
Photocopiers are mined for their copper and recomposed into brass trumpets. Potatoes are shredded down to their starch and reformed into recycled egg cartons. Milk jugs are melted into plastic lumber and constructed into weatherproof park benches.
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Made by Destruction is available for streaming on the Science website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Made by Destruction on demand at Discovery+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Science Channel, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 1, 2016
  • IMDB Rating
    6.6  (30)