Making It: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
Making It

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Making It puts a whimsical, refreshing new spin on reality TV -- one made even more fun by well-matched hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.



Critic Ratings: 22


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User Ratings: 102

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Air date: Jul 31, 2018

The premiere of the lighthearted reality competition in which talented makers vie for the title of "Master Maker." Included: a timed "Secret Beast" Faster Craft and a "Modern Heirloom" Master Craft challenge.

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Air date: Aug 7, 2018

The Makers are challenged to work small and create a hometown terrarium that represent in miniature what makes their hometowns so special. They then must embrace their inner child in the Master Craft Challenge and create a child's play collection consisting of a fort and toy for the kids in their lives.

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Air date: Aug 14, 2018

Nick and Amy ask the Makers to design spectacular snack stadiums that will be the real MVPs of the sports party. Most of the Makers have never worked with edible crafts before, so it's a real challenge. Overall, the Makers elevated approach to tackling the challenge from an aesthetic POV leaves Nick hungry for meats and cheeses. The Makers keep the party going with this week's Master Craft Challenge, where they use recycled materials to create essential items for a backyard bonanza.

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Air date: Aug 21, 2018

Amy, Nick and the Makers celebrate all the holidays, beginning with Halloween. They'll have to get crafty in order to design inventive costumes for a last-minute costume party using common household materials. The Makers are then tasked with bringing holiday cheer to the whole neighborhood. For the Master Craft challenge, the Makers each pick their favorite holiday and create a festive display for their home's front door.

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Air date: Aug 28, 2018

On the penultimate episode, the Makers are tasked with bringing the outdoors in with the Faster Craft, creating a working light fixture using components found in nature. After bringing the outside in, the Makers then bring the inside out, transforming an ordinary backyard shed into a unique personal space. Though Amy prefers a comfy couch to a grassy field, she can't help but want to hang out in these outdoor masterpieces.

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Air date: Sep 4, 2018

On the season finale of Making It, the day the Makers have all been waiting for also happens to be the big day for one lucky couple! The final three makers must utilize their crafting expertise to transform one couple's wedding into an incredible, handcrafted experience, which Nick Offerman will personally officiate in the craft barn. The Makers must create a dream wedding backdrop for the bride and groom, as well as an heirloom quality handmade gift that could last for generations.

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Comedians and crafters Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman put their passion for crafting on display while hosting the first season of the NBC reality series "Making It." The show pits eight crafting enthusiasts from all over the U.S. against each other in creating themed projects. In each episode, the contestants show off their DIY skills in timed Faster Crafter challenges and in longer but more elaborate Master Crafter tasks. The last crafter standing wins $100,000 in cash. Dayna Isom Johnson and Simon Doonan serve as judges for the first season.

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Critic Reviews for Making It Season 1

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (16)

A lovely, if very low-key, summer watch.

Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Poehler and Offerman are -- no surprise -- fun MCs of this lightweight and colorful summer diversion.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

In Poehler and Offerman, Making It has the funniest and most accomplished hosts a competition show could ask for, and it makes the most of them.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

Making It is the Room of Requirement of reality shows, something that manifests only when you can't go on without it.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

In the end, Making It is an aggressively nice series, aiming to celebrate the fun of making something from nothing, and Amy and Nick, as hosts, lean hard into the theme.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

By swapping out a generic Hollywood soundscape for a wholesome barn, by trading jerring putdowns for warm uplift, Making It underscores the fundamental lesson of Bake Off...

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Making It really is a show designed in every way to make you feel good.

May 8, 2020 | Full Review…

A delightful competition series that celebrates arts and crafts and the creators who bring their own pieces to life.

Nov 24, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Creativity is rewarded on positive crafting competition.

Aug 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a pleasure to have Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman back on network TV, bantering and challenging one another.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It's just a ridiculously relaxing, happy show that doesn't hit you over the head with its happy vibe. And Amy and Nick take the fun to the next level.

Aug 1, 2018 | Full Review…

It brims with nice, talented people making impossibly crazy beautiful things. It's charming and sweet and might just inspire you to make something.

Jul 31, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Making It: Season 1

  • Aug 26, 2020
    I love Amy Poehler. I love Nick Offerman. The two of them on this show were absolutely cringeworthy. Whomever is responsible for writing the ridiculous dialogue the actors were forced to infuse with energy should be fired. The stuff the contestants made was neat to see. I found myself fast forwarding through the hosts anytime they spoke. It felt like they were playing characters instead of themselves.
  • Nov 30, 2019
    Only Amy and Nick could pull this show off the way they do. Very happy they are on this project together mow as they have the best dyanmoc. Love them!!
  • Apr 18, 2019
    A feel good, heartwarming show that we all need.
  • Sep 05, 2018
    I really enjoy that this show is so upbeat and positive.
  • Sep 03, 2018
    This show is amazing!! Amy and Nick are the best host duo ever. They are so funny. Also just love how all the contestants help each other when doing crafts. That’s not something you ever see in any competition show. This is an all-around feel good show
  • Aug 21, 2018
    My new favorite show.

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