How It's Made

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How It's Made
Created by Gabriel Hoss
Starring Lynne Adams (2006–present)
June Wallack (2005)
Lynn Herzeg (2002–2004)
Mark Tewksbury (2001)
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 25
No. of episodes 312 (list of episodes)
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Original channel Z (Quebec)

Discovery Science (Canada)
Discovery Channel, Quest, and DMAX (UK)
Science (United States)
Picture format 480i (SDTV) (2001-2009)
1080i (HDTV) (2009-present)
Original release January 6, 2001 – present
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How It's Made is a documentary television series that premiered on January 6, 2001 on the Discovery Channel (now known as Discovery Science) in Canada, and Science in the United States. The program is produced in the Canadian province of Quebec by Productions MAJ, Inc. and Productions MAJ 2.[1] In the United Kingdom, it is transmitted on Discovery Channel, Quest, and DMAX.[2]


The show is a documentary showing how common, everyday items (including foodstuffs like bubble gum, industrial products such as engines, musical instruments such as guitars, and sporting goods such as snowboards) are manufactured. It is filmed to simplify overdubbing in different languages. For example, the show avoids showing a narrator or host onscreen, does not often have employees of featured companies speak on camera, and keeps human interaction with the manufacturing process to a bare minimum. An off-screen narrator explains each process, often with humorous puns. Each half-hour show usually has three or four main segments, with each product getting a demonstration of approximately five minutes; exceptions are allowed in the allotted time for more complex products. Usually, every show has at least one product with a historic background note preceding it: Showing how and where the product originated, and what people used before it.

In April 2007, all episodes ran in the United States (on the Discovery Channel and Science) had the individual season openings replaced with a new opening used for every episode. Similar to most other Discovery Channel shows, the credits now run during the last segment, with only a blue screen and the request for feedback (and the website) at the end.

In September 2007, the ninth season began airing on Science, along with new openings, graphics, and soundtracks, and Zac Fine replaced Brooks T. Moore as the narrator. However, the eleventh season, which started airing in September 2008, reinstated Moore as the narrator and reverted to a previous title sequence and soundtrack.

In June 2008, the Science Channel commenced to transmit How It's Made: Remix, which consisted of previous segments arranged into theme installments like "Food," "Sporting Goods," and such. In 2013, the Science Channel commenced to transmit How It's Made: Dream Cars, which focused exclusively on high-performance and exotic cars.[3] These were later shown on the Velocity (TV channel) channel.


The show is transmitted, in English, on Discovery Channel and Discovery Science, and, in French, on Z. It is also transmitted abroad, in the United States (on the Science Channel and less frequently on the Discovery Channel), the UK (on the Discovery Channel of Great Britain and Ireland, Discovery Science, and Quest), in Italy (on various Discovery channels), in Spain (on Discovery Channel and Discovery MAX), in Norway (translated into Norwegian on Discovery Channel and Discovery Science), in Poland (translated into Polish on Discovery Channel Polska and Discovery Science Channel Polska), and in India (on Discovery Science). In Germany, it is transmitted on DMAX in German under the title So wird's gemacht. The show is also broadcast under various titles: in Portuguese under the title O Segredo das Coisas, in Spanish under the title Así se hace, in French under the title Comment c'est fait, in Polish under the title Jak to jest zrobione, in Hungarian under the title Hogyan készült, in Romanian under the title Cum se fabrică, in Italian under the title Come è fatto, in Russian under the title Как это работает, in Norwegian under the title Hvordan den lages, in Finnish under the title Miten se tehtiin?, in Czech under the title Jak se to dělá, in Turkish under the title Nasıl Yapılır?, and in Bulgarian under the title Как се прави....

UK, U.S., and international hosts[edit]

  • Mark Tewksbury - Season 1 (2001)
  • Lynn Herzeg - Seasons 2 - 4 (2002–2004)
  • June Wallack - Season 5 (2005)
  • Lynne Adams - Season 6 - (2006–present)

A different voice-over track is recorded for U.S. audiences by Brooks T. Moore (Seasons 1-8, 2001–2007, 2008–present) or Zac Fine (2007–2008). The scripts are almost identical; the main difference in the U.S. versions are that the units of measurement are given in United States customary units instead of metric units. At one point in the U.S. run, a subtitled conversion was shown on-screen over the original narration.

In the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe, and in some cases in Southeast Asia, the series is narrated by Tony Hirst. All episodes have been shown in the UK on the Discovery, Quest, and the Discovery Science channels.



Year Award Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2014 Young Artist Award Social Relations of Knowledge Institute Award How It's Made Awarded [4]

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