Living The Best Industry Documentary Series  

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List Rules Vote up the best documentary series about how things are made that have aired on television.

The best documentaries about industry can be fascinating even if you've never wondered where your toaster came from or how skyscrapers are built. The best industry documentary series ever shown on television range from simple and mesmerizing explanations of how things are made to in-depth looks at how the world of commerce works. If you’ve been looking for the best industry documentaries to add some fascinating education to your TV nights, this list of the best industry documentary series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

How It's Made might be one of the most recognizable and approachable industry documentary series. Each episode follows the production process of several household items, from simple foods like bread and gummy worms to surprising things like shopping carts. Food production is a big focus for many industry documentary series, with shows such as How'd That Get On My Plate? and Food Factory explaining how our favorite snacks end up on shelves. Buildings and infrastructure are other popular subjects of industry documentaries, with shows like MegaStructures and Extreme Engineering explaining the work that goes into the places we live and things we drive on.

Which shows do the best job sharing how the world around us runs? Vote up the best industry documentary shows and add any documentary series about industry that are missing.

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Inside the Factory is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Inside the Factory Gregg Wallace, Cherry Healey, Ruth Goodman
Inside the Factory (BBC, 2015) is a British documentary television series. Each episode explores how a specific product is made inside a factory, from foods such as bread and cereals to Yule ...more
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MegaStructures is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Tom Goodman-Hill, Greg Stebner, Jonathan Hart
MegaStructures is a documentary television series appearing on the National Geographic Channel in the United States and the United Kingdom, Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, France 5 in France, ...more
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Ultimate Factories is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Ultimate Factories
Ultimate Factories also known as Megafactories is an American documentary television series that premiered in 2006 on the National Geographic Channel. The program explores the inner workings of ...more
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How'd That Get On My Plate? is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
How'd That Get On My Plate? Sunny Anderson
How'd That Get On My Plate? is a television series on the Food Network, which premiered in July 2008. It is hosted by Sunny Anderson. The program investigates how various foods are produced, ...more
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Food Factory USA is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Food Factory USA
Food Factory USA (Food Network, 2014) is a Canadian documentary television series that is a reformatted version of the original Food Factory series. As with the original show, the series ...more
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Food Factory is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Food Factory Colleen Rusholme, Todd Schick
Food Factory (Food Network, 2012) is a Canadian documentary television series. The show features the industrial production lines of major food companies, mostly in Canada, but also in the United ...more
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Jimmy's Food Factory is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Jimmy's Food Factory Jimmy Doherty
Jimmy's Food Factory (BBC One, 2009) is a British documentary science television series. Farmer and host Jimmy Doherty shares how typical household foods such as butter, milk, and bread, are ...more
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How Do They Do That? is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
How Do They Do That?
How do they do that? is a British television show, produced by Reg Grundy Productions and broadcast on BBC1 from 1994 to 1997. Originally presented by Jenny Hull and Des Lynam, it explored feats ...more
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Out Of The Fiery Furnace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Out Of The Fiery Furnace
Out Of The Fiery Furnace (ABC, 1985) is an Australian documentary television series. The show traces the discovery and use of metals, minerals, and energy resources through time and was shown in ...more
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Some Assembly Required is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Some Assembly Required Brian Unger
Some Assembly Required is a Discovery Channel TV series which premiered in the United States on December 27, 2007 and originally aired in 2007 and 2008. Hosts Brian Unger and physicist Lou ...more
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Modern Marvels is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Lloyd Sherr, Harlan Saperstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt
Modern Marvels is a television series on the History Channel. The program focuses on how technologies affect and are used in today's society. It is among History's first, and longest-running, ...more
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How It's Made is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Mark Tewksbury, Lynne Adams, Brooks Moore
How It's Made is a documentary television series that premiered on January 6, 2001 on Discovery Channel in Canada, and Science in the U.S. It's also being aired on Discovery Family. The program ...more
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Extreme Engineering is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Extreme Engineering is a documentary television series that airs on the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel. The program features futuristic and ongoing engineering projects. The series' ...more
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Cool Stuff: How It Works is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Cool Stuff: How It Works
Cool Stuff: How It Works is a multi-part documentary television mini-series that premiered in 2007 on the Discovery Channel. The program is based on an existing book about how "Modern ...more
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Extreme Machines is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Extreme Machines Jeremy Clarkson
Extreme Machines is a television series aired on Discovery Channel.
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How Do They Do It? is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Industry Documentary Series
Rupert Degas, Robert Llewellyn
How Do They Do It? is a television series produced by Wag TV for Discovery Channel. Each programme explores how 2 or 3 ordinary objects are made and used. The show's slogan is "Behind the ...more