MythBusters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 31 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 98 reviews

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Positive messages

Promotes curiosity and an interest in science, but kids will need reminding not to try similar experiments at home.

Positive role models & representations

Adam and Jamie are great examples of smart, curious, funny people who take initiative to get answers to questions. They take precautions to protect themselves from anything dangerous and promote scientific inquiry.

Violence

Explosions and firepower are used in some experiments, but no one is hurt (beyond a few scrapes and small burns here and there), and they all wear protective gear.

Sex

Very occasional use of the word "sex."

Language

Infrequent and mostly mild: "hell," "oh my God," etc. The occasional stronger words are bleeped out.

Consumerism

Brand names are blurred on all soda and other food and drinks used in experiments.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mythbusters showcases problem analysis and the scientific approach to proving or disproving a thesis. It comes with repeated disclaimers for good reason, though, as episodes often include explosions, gunfire, and mixtures of volatile substances. Kids may need a reminder to not engage in such activities themselves. The hosts use human skeletons and animal parts in some experiments, which could make squeamish viewers uncomfortable. Overall, the show offers an engaging example of how to take curiosity to the next level.

User Reviews

Parent Written byT.O. Parent December 20, 2010

Great to introduce (but not teach) science concepts

A fun show that is a great springboard to talking about science. While the Mythbusters themselves are more pseudo-scientists, it is a great way to introduce sci... Continue reading
Parent of a 7 and 10 year old Written byMHMcQ January 30, 2013

Perfect Show for the Whole Family

MythBusters is a favorite in our house. It brings fun, excitement and humor to learning. It encourages kids (and adults) to understand how things work and to... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 31, 2010

Best Show..... EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG this is the best show on TV. The best mythbuster is Carrie. The only thing is that they say stuff like mild swears. Otherwise, this is the best show on TV.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byThe Sting fan April 20, 2011

Great for everyone over the age of 8.

It is my favorite sceince show and 2 favorite show of all time. I love how iteresting it is. Also it is the only show I know of that is not afraid to admit they... Continue reading

What's the story?

If you've lost sleep over questions like, "How many balloons would it take to airlift a man?" or "Can a playing card be hurled fast enough to inflict more harm than just a paper cut?" and "If you eat Pop Rocks and drink soda, will your stomach explode from all that fizz?" then MYTHBUSTERS is the show for you. It's hosted by Jamie Hyneman, a model maker and special-effects expert for the movie and TV industries, and Adam Savage, whose handy expertise includes carpentry, welding, and animation. The two devise experiments to prove or disprove urban legends and other esoteric theories. They combine physics, chemistry, biology, and geometry to lay out their experiments, and the steps preceding the test are as fascinating as the test itself. For example, to answer the age-old Pop Rocks question, Jamie and Adam hang a pig's stomach (similar to a human's) in a human skeleton to test its durability against six candy packets and a six-pack of soda consumed simultaneously.

Is it any good?

This fun, fact-filled show will answer some of those long-standing "what ifs" that may have been nagging at you, demonstrating how much fun science can be to boot. The team makes a good comedic duo; Jamie's dry humor is the perfect complement to Adam's quips and wisecracks. And when Jamie and Adam call in experts in rocket science, explosives, physiology, and other disciplines for background and guidance, there's even more educational value. Science-minded tweens and teens will find Mythbusters exceptionally entertaining.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Adam and Jamie devise their test plans on Mythbusters. Once they've identified their challenge, what steps do they take to gather supplies and prepare their testing area? What types of experts help them and in what ways?

  • This show offers parents a unique opportunity to show kids the importance of a well-rounded education. What disciplines (math, science, etc.) do the hosts use to set up their experiments? How do you use what you've learned in everyday life?

  • What kinds of scientific questions do you have? How could you go about finding the answers? What kinds of question need experts and what can you find out on your own?

  • How do Adam and Jamie demonstrate curiosity on Mythbusters? Why is this an important character strength?

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