Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada, ''How It's Made'' (''Comment c'est fait'' in French) is a ScienceShow (well, a ''Technology'' Show, but we don't have that trope yet) that [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin shows how various products are made]], using video shot in actual factories and workshops; a narrator describes what's happening on screen. The show is produced in a way that allows easy redubbing for export -- factory employees do not speak on camera, and no reading skills are required. The show has been running since 2001, and so far has featured hundreds of different products, from sporting goods to food to vehicles.

The show is produced by MAJ Productions in association with the Science Channel (which airs it in the US) and Discovery Channel Canada. The US version is narrated by Brooks Moore; he was replaced for one season, but as of the new season (which started in fall 2008 on the Creator/ScienceChannel and January 2009 on the Creator/DiscoveryChannel) he has returned.

So far, the series has avoided making a show about itself, however they have done a promo for the show, showing how the show is made.
!''How It's Made'' is an amazing show about things being made. And today on TV Tropes, we learned what makes up said show. Thankfully, the ingredients that make it up [[RunningGag are not top secret]].

* AndSomeOtherStuff: A harmless, non-explosive variety. The show sometimes notes that they cannot reveal certain ingredients of some food or chemical products, due to them being trade secrets. The best (and most amusing) example of this trope is perhaps the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=546Mn-cHhhE segment on marshmallow cookies]]; eventually the narrator just has to crack a joke about how much of the process they aren't allowed to explain because the company won't let them.
* BrandX: Played straight and subverted at the same time. In the narration, all products are referred to by generic names (presumably as a result of Canadian laws against product placements,) but at the same time no effort is made to hide logos and brand names on the featured products. One example is at the very beginning of the "Video Games" segment, where the boxes for video games are shown, all published by Creator/UbiSoft (''Alex Ferguson's Player Manager 2001'', ''VideoGame/BatmanVengeance'', ''VideoGame/MystIIIExile'', and ''[[Disney/{{Tarzan}} Disney's Tarzan: Untamed]]'').
** Especially hilarious in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVCzB1AZPA0 episode]] showing the construction of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Segway_PT Segway]]; how do you talk about a product known only by its brand name without using its brand name? Evidently, by saying "transporter" and hoping [[TeleportersAndTransporters people don't get confused]].
** Some segments do blur out logos or URL's, but it's quite uncommon. On the other hand, the end credits have a "Thanks to:" credit that lists the companies involved.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Literally during a Science Channel promotion for new episodes of the show, where the entire process of the making of said promotion up to the playing of the episode on Thursday evening at 9pm Eastern back at network operations is described by Brooks Moore in the style of an episode segment.
** The end to the "Mirror" segment shows a giant mirror being moved... and in the process, showing off the camera crew.
** In some cases where the product being made supports custom logos (like the one where golf balls were made) or specialized etching (where a plasma cutter or water jet literally grinds through steel) the customization will say "How It's Made".
* CallASmeerpARabbit: Though not an animal, in the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uvSSBQ8xYQ Gas tanks]]" section, the narrator calls propane gas tanks "barbecue tanks" instead of propane gas tanks!
** Probably because propane tanks are most associated with propane barbecue grills, thus it's a probably name for it.
* TheCameo: In the "Video Games" segment, the scenes are entire blink-and-you-miss-it moments, but you have to keep an eye on the video game development team of Creator/UbiSoft Montreal (namely, producer Yannis Mallat, lead camera designer Philippe Morin, creative director Patrice Desilets, animator Alex Drouin, AI programmer Richard Dumas, lead programmer Claude Langlais, art director Raphael Lacoste, lead level designer David Chateauneuf, and the rest) who inspired the development of ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''.
** Here's another blink-and-you-miss-it moment in the voice actors scene. Notice the dark brown short-haired voice actor in the background speaking through a microphone? That voice actor is thirty to thirty-two-year-old Creator/YuriLowenthal, who is the voice of the Prince at the time the segment was filmed. What a rare celebrity moment.
* ClipShow: The "Automated machines" segments, which are video montages of the various machinery seen in each season. The 'Remix' shows as well, which take pre-existing footage and put it together with a theme, like 'sports' (Footballs, hockey pucks and baseball gloves) or 'summer' (Barbecue grills, propane tanks, etc)
* ContentWarnings: On the [[https://youtu.be/zBAvj7MtWh8 Animatronics]] segment, the narrator cautions, "Please be advised that this segment contains images that may not be suitable for younger viewers."
* CoolCar: Occasionally segments show how car parts for race cars (or whole cars) are made. ''[[SpinOff Dream Cars]]'' is basically CoolCars: TheSeries.
* DinosaursAreDragons: Or would that be "Dragons Are Dinosaurs"? In the "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8E8dttLuvI Mascots]]" segment, the guy is making and wearing a dragon mascot costume, yet the narrator calls it a "dinosaur mascot costume", even though it ''clearly'' looks like a winged dragon.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "How It's Made" is about how things are made, though occasionally a segment is about "How It's Applied" or "How It's Acquired", such as the ones about special effects makeup and mining aluminum.
* FoodPorn: In episodes about making certain foods, such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnXFTqf8niA this one]] about sushi.
* ForgingScene: In segments about custom-made tools and weapons.
* GunPorn: During shows where rifles and handgun creation processes are shown.
* HiroshimaAsAUnitOfMeasure: In the episode showing the manufacture of steel coffins: "This requires 900 tons of pulling force -- the equivalent of hoisting 27 fully loaded tractor-trailers." There have also been comparisons of things to the weight of a cat, the length of a number of football fields, and so on.
* HurricaneOfPuns: The three English language dubs (US, UK, and Canada) ''love'' this trope. This, for example, comes from the episode about kitchen knives (US dub):
-->"Today's blades are truly ''a cut'' above the stone tools that cavemen used. Knifemaking is now a science, producing tools that really give you ''that edge'' in the kitchen".
** One episode bumped it "UpToEleven" when they did a grand slam and ''all four products'' being examined had a pun: "Today on HowItsMade...Steel wool. When it comes to cleaning, it can be your best alloy. [Steel] Ranges... We have all the elements of this manufacturing process. Carved candles... Making them is a whole new ball of wax. Slot machines... We '''bet''' you'll love this story!"
* ProductPlacement: Inverted, thanks to Canada's product placement laws. That said, they make no effort to censor any logos when filming the packaging department, and many businesses in and around Montreal and Quebec City have been getting unexpected publicity from the series, along with businesses in Europe (European products are seen when an American or Canadian equivalent of a product cannot be found).
* ScienceShow: As mentioned, more like "Technology Show", but it fits under "science"[[note]]industrial science[[/note]].
* Sequel: One episode showed the making of polyester yarn from recycled materials (like soda bottles and milk jugs, among other things) into polyester thread that is wound into large spools of polyester yarn. A later episode shows the making of polyester fleece, which begins with... large spools of polyester yarn.
* ShoutOut: In one "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1VuwiZ5pPLA Video Games]]" segment, this one must have been a shout-out to ''VideoGame/PrinceOfPersiaTheSandsOfTime''... particularly because the guys borrowed some "behind-the-scenes" making of the game in video. And did we mention that the narrator talks about ''modern'' video games instead of old ones?
** Likely unintentional, but in the segment about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewGJnGmhDEo veggie burgers]], the narrator mentions that the factory wrap and packed about [[Memes/DragonBall over 9000]] veggie burger patties each day.
* SlowMotion: Typically industrial work machines are dizzyingly fast, and it's really hard to understand what exactly they're doing - all you see is a blur. The show goes to great pains to slow this down so the viewer can see every step: either the machine is slowed down or the video is {{overcrank}}ed. Occasionally the slowed-down machines have jerky movements hinting they're being moved by hand, as they probably can't go that slowly by themselves. When they're done explaining they usually show you how the machine looks when it's ''not'' slowed down.
* SoundtrackDissonance: In one "Chicken Hatchery" segment, some happy/creepy music plays while the baby chicks hatch and get tossed around in a {{conveyor belt|ODoom}} and some machines! That's just so {{squick}}y!
* SpinOff: The show has amassed so many episodes that they can reconfigure segments to cover one theme such as "Chores", "Boats", "Roadwork" and "Baseball", and call it ''How It's Made: Remix''.
** And now we have ''How It's Made: [[CoolCar Dream Cars]]''. It's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To the "Picture Picture" segments from ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood''.
* TakeOurWordForIt: With certain products, usually food, steps had to be skipped because the company's wouldn't let them film those parts, or for obvious things such as the most graphic parts of meat processing, would not make for good viewing for the queasy..
* TechnologyPorn: The episodes dealing with factory production (most of them, really) show exquisite details of all sorts of machinery, both computer-operated and not. They often slow down the machine (or the video) in order to show you precisely how things work.