Mighty Machines

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Mighty Machines is a Canadian live-action, documentary-style series catering to young children. Little boys and girls are fascinated with how things like airplanes, fire engines, and construction vehicles work. Mighty Machines takes a look at all of these. However, instead of using a regular voice-over person to provide description, the program is narrated from the perspective of one of the machines themselves, giving the viewers a personal look at how they operate. In addition, the machine in focus is given a name, for example, a Formula One racecar named Goldstar or a ladder truck known as King.

Mighty Machines' first season premiered in 1994 with 12 episodes, each one focusing on a different large vehicle or, in some cases, several vehicles. For instance, the first installment focused on a number of jumbo jets as they were prepped and cleaned for use. In another first season episode an 18-wheeler truck named Big Haus showed the audience its cab and trailer and described the work it did. Most of Mighty Machines' original season focused on vehicles and equipment used in around cities and towns.

The second series, which originally aired in 2004, moved away from urban areas to focus on the big machines used in other industries. An early episode featured Ranger, Driller, and Crusher, three machines that found, scooped up, and transported the material from salt mines. Another installment starred Sambraro, a Coast Guard rescue boat that assisted in recovery of people from stormy seas. The last season of Mighty Machines, produced in 2008, returned viewers to familiar locations but focused on different equipment, such as a Coast Guard hovercraft, and discussed how vehicles like airplanes were built.

Mighty Machines has been nominated for several awards since its premiere, including a 1996 Gemini Award for best Children's Program or Series. The show currently runs on Canada's national TVO and Treehouse TV networks, the UK's Discovery Kids, and Qubo in the United States.

Discovery Kids
3 Seasons, 39 Episodes
January 21, 1995
Kids & Family
Cast: Tee Schneider, Alan Bacchus, Edward Daranyi, Suzanne Hersh
Mighty Machines

Mighty Machines Full Episode Guide

  • Pipelines carrying oil, gas and other petroleum products are buried underground all over the world.

  • Tow trucks are a special type of machine because they help other machines get out of trouble.

  • Ever wonder how a newspaper is made? Charlie, the printing press, is three stories high and as long as a city block.

  • Forks, the big front-end loader, takes cars to be stripped, then feeds them into Big Mouth, a machine that squashes cars as flat as pancakes.

  • The Spirit of Vancouver Island picks up passengers, cars and trucks at the dock. With a long whistle, he's on his way.

  • Making steel is complicated, but Slab Hauler knows everyone at the steel mill and has offered to take us on a tour.

  • Stretch is a crane, and his job is to lift things onto the top of very high buildings.

  • A hovercraft is a very unusual boat propelled by big fans that blow downward, making it float on a cushion of air.

  • Railways in the mountains have to be specially built, and this railway was built during the gold rush, more than 100 years ago.

  • Atlantis dives under the waves, taking tourists to the reef to see beautiful coral, exotic fish and shipwrecks.

  • A field of tomatoes may be vast, but Harvester can handle it.

  • A jet airplane is one of the fastest machines on the planet. Have you ever seen one being made?

  • Trucks of all descriptions are wheeling into the truck stop to fill up with fuel. Flying J, the fuel tanker, sees lots of transport trucks.

  • Tractors are the workhorses of farms. Allis Tractor and Polly the Plough make easy work of a big field -- they can plough six furrows at a time.

  • Dig it out over here, pile it up over there. Sammy, the big orange shovel, is filling up all dump trucks as she digs the dirt for the new highway.

  • Today, Sambro, the coast guard lifeboat, is showing Zodiac how his powerful engines make him zoom through the water.

  • Skipper, the little blue workboat, lives in the ocean port and takes us on a tour to meet some of the huge ships that have come in from the sea.

  • Buddy the Bus shows us how he and all the other transit vehicles get people to work and school.

  • Come fly through the sky with Stearman, the coolest biplane ever, to visit the air show. All of Stearman's friends have joined him at the show.

  • Today is Green Truck's birthday, and he wants to show you how he was built. Inside the truck assembly plant, there are hoists and forklift trucks.

  • Where does all of the stuff you put in the recycling bins go when the big trucks pick it up from your street? Come and see.

  • Down, down, down deep into the earth we go to see what it's like in a salt mine. Ranger, a shiny white jeep, tootles along the dark roads.

  • Jaws, the front-end loader with a set of jaws for lifting logs, knows how trees are turned into lumber, and he takes us on a tour of the sawmill.

  • Feller is busy cutting timber. He is a strange-looking machine that lumbers along on his tracks until he finds a tree that he likes.

  • Out on the snow-covered ski hills, Groomer is ensuring the slopes are in top condition for all the skiers who want to enjoy winter fun.

  • It's been snowing all night and the snow removal crew is working hard to clear the streets. Blower gobbles up the piles of snow.