Netflix has ordered a second batch of The Toys That Made Us.
For the casual to the hardcore collector, the documentary series is an international journey through parts of our history and culture that’s been shaped by popular toys, from Barbie and Star Wars to GI Joe.
We described the show as a “veritable treasure chest of trivia and unexpected commercial insight” in our review of the first season.
“Talking heads happen, but so do re-enactments, Photoshopped pictures and an opening credits sequence that parodies old toy cartoons with a gloriously cheesy grin. All that and a big helping of novel and rejected toy figures that collectors may not have heard of? This entertaining, informative documentary series is a Toy Story for all the family.”
The show’s renewal marks the streaming giant’s growing commitment to non-scripted TV, with a number of other factual series also given a second season order, including Dope (returning on 20th April), Drug Lords, Nailed It! and Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye.
“These series are indicative of what we’re trying to accomplish for Netflix unscripted: working with world-class producers to create the best unscripted shows on television,” Bela Bajaria, vice president of content at Netflix, said in a statement. “These series elevate the genre with innovative takes on familiar formats. They deliver immersive and nuanced stories. They elicit so many emotions from viewers, from tears of laughter to tears of joy – and that’s just Queer Eye.”