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ThingamaBOB is a science series that was first broadcast in 2014. The series follows an inventor as he goes about making contraption usually at the request of Brooklyn businesses that are interested in having a gadget to promote business. During each episode the inventor is given a box of random items, and he then uses them to construct each gadget. The series looks into what each one of these items are, and also discusses the use of the items in the context of American history. This includes such things as who invented the items, how they were used, and how they influenced history.

ThingamaBOB is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (10 episodes). The series first aired on January 18, 2014.

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Saturday 10:00 PM et/pt on H2
1 Season, 10 Episodes
January 18, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Reality
7.5/10
Cast: Bob Partington, Scott Frazelle
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ThingamaBOB Full Episode Guide

  • Bob incorporates a conveyer belt, charcoal and a bike chain to make three unique inventions.

  • Bob creates a new invention for a local diner with an air rifle; Bob gets innovative when utilizing a bag of sugar and a tent to create an automatic campsite.

  • Bob discovers an old-fashioned coffee grinder, a fireman's hose, and a rocking chair in the box. He first constructs a hypoallergenic invention for a volunteer fire chief with a peculiar food allergy and then helps a local carpenter to organize his tools with the fireman's hose. And finally, Bob perfects the martini, with a rocking chair.

  • This week Bob finds a a violin, a compass and a Bunsen Burner in the box. He draws inspiration from the movie Taxi Driver and decides to make an invention that helps a waiter deal with a crumby situation. Later, Bob builds a one of a kind doorbell for a new music shop.

  • This week Bob is given three items from America's great inventing past: the Morse code telegraph key, the phonograph, and a roll of tape. Telegraph keys were made to deliver messages, but Bob uses his to deliver beer. Then, Bob puts the phonograph and tape to good use by helping out a local tee-shirt shop.

  • A new box of objects means three new inventions. This week it's a jar of BBQ sauce, a cigar, and block and tackle. First, Bob builds a machine to help first-time cigar smokers light their stogies like a pro. Next, Bob uses the BBQ sauce in a machine for a new restaurant that needs a real BANG! to put them on the map. Finally, the team uses the block and tackle to free up some space in Bob's cramped shop.

  • What will Bob do with a new box of three more random objects: an electrical wall plug, an ice cream cone, and a sousaphone (which everyone mistakes for a tuba)?

  • Bob makes an invention for a Coney Island deli inspired by the area's world famous amusement park, and Bob's love of well-sliced pickles. And later Bob builds something to launch the first plane in 40 years off of the USS Intrepid, a retired aircraft carrier that's been converted into a museum.

  • A box of seemingly random objects arrives at Bob's shop. Now Bob and his team need to use these items for three unique inventions.