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Some Assembly Required: Seasons 1 & 2 (2008)

Brian Unger , Lou Bloomfield  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brian Unger, Lou Bloomfield
  • Writers: Brian Unger, Lou Bloomfield
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002FUIJ42
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,084 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Some Assembly Required: Seasons 1 & 2" on IMDb

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Fascinated with how things are built? From bowling balls to BMWs, every object has a story and an incredible process behind it. You'll be amazed at the engineering that goes into a golf ball, the danger involved with manufacturing aluminum foil and the strange origin of plate glass windows. In these 19 episodes from Seasons One and Two, we travel the world to explore the mysteries of how these and many other everyday and extraordinary items are conceived and manufactured. When it comes to the imagination and the drive to make new and astonishing products, there are no limits!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and entertaining December 5, 2010
My son(5)asked so many questions about how many different things were manufactured that this was a great alternative to show him how things come to be. While the segments in the episodes just touch the surface of the manufacturing processes, it is the right amount of time to keep my son fully engaged. He is thrilled to see how guitars, pianos, cheese, lawn mowers, windows and else are manufactured. Great entertaining and learning item.
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5.0 out of 5 stars So that's how it's made... August 10, 2013
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I really like these kind of "how do they do that" shows. I don't have cable so I have to buy the sets when they come out on DVD. As a fan of Brian Unger from watching his "How the States got their Shapes" series, I figured I would like this series too.

Season One (disc one) was great - seven episodes. Each episode is broken up into three parts. Given that the shows are around 45 minutes in length, that makes for each piece about 15 minutes in length. It surprised me how much information that they could cover in 15 minutes. I think my favorite was the episode that showed how custom bowling balls were made - I learned something new watching that.

Season Two (disc two), I have to say this set of 12 episodes wasn't on the same level as those of the first season. Well, a few were but the rest not so much. I can't really put my finger on why that was. The only thing different is that many of the episodes only featured two topics instead of the three the first season cover each episode. The shows are still 45 minutes long, so that means each segment is around 22 minutes long. Maybe it's just me. Later into the season they have a few episodes with three topics.

Over all, I think this is a great series. And I think I've learned a few things from watching it. I would recommend it to anyone with a curiosity to learn how-do-they-do that. Keep in mind though, there is a lot of humor in these episodes (or at least an attempt at humor), as the host can get a bit silly at times. I like his humor, but I could imagine there might be some people who don't.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun behind the scenes shows May 12, 2013
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My 3 year old
Loves to watch Mighty machines, and this is a great alternative. A little advanced for him, but something the adults enjoy watching too.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good show, some material already in Dirty Jobs December 29, 2012
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I love seeing how things are made and this show didn't disappoint. I was a little put off seeing "repeated" material from the Dirty Jobs shows. Dirty Jobs did a better presentation but overall this was good.
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