Time was, if you needed an informative, low-decibel show to lull you to sleep at night, How It's Made was ready and waiting for you, right there on Netflix for the taking. "Frozen Pancakes" is a classic, for the uninitiated:
No more. They've taken it down, and we've been forced to look elsewhere. Which is despicable, but loss can often lead to healthy and productive personal growth. For instance, the unearthing of a new sleepytime show, Great British Railway Journeys. It is very much what it sounds like (the host takes train trips around England based on a century-old guidebook), and it is wonderful. Here's what happens when Michael Portillo makes the acquaintance of a "Dorking Chicken:"
Dreams have never been sweeter. (If you have your own self-soothing viewing, leave it in the comments. We are very much open to suggestions.)
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