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The Toys That Built America: Old Games, New Twists (History Sunday November 26, 2023)

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The Toys That Built America

The Toys That Built America: Old Games, New Twists airs Sunday November 26, 2023 on History

What can we expect from this episode

In the early 1970s, when toys were getting more complicated, two unconventional inventors put their careers and homes on the line to add revolutionary twists to old games. Uno and Connect Four have joined forces to release a slew of kid-and parent-friendly games that prove that, sometimes, less is more.

Against the backdrop of major events in American history like the Civil War and the Great Depression, The Toys That Built America shares a different story – one that brings new products and nostalgic toys to the forefront as driving forces behind untold cultural and economic shifts. The four-part docuseries showcases visionaries such as the Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Ruth Handler who transformed a small toy company into the billion-dollar empire now known as Mattel. It reveals the little-known stories behind ground-breaking innovations like the Frisbee, and accidental discoveries like how the Slinky was created. Additionally, the docuseries unveils competitive rivalries between iconic brands that changed the fabric of our nation forever. Blending dramatic reenactments and archival footage with interviews from experts, biographers, and others, The Toys That Built America brings to life the surprising tales of the men and women who created some of America’s most beloved and enduring toys including Silly Putty, Monopoly, Barbie, G.I. Joe, and other famous classics.

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When can we see the episode

The Toys That Built America: Old Games, New Twists airs Sunday November 26, 2023 at 21:00 on History

Featured image credit: History

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