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

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 33 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 99 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.


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.


Very occasional use of the word "sex."


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


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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2-year-old Written byAnounymous June 19, 2019
Parent of a 7 and 12-year-old Written byDad1000 May 27, 2016

Fun innocent show

Nothing wrong with this one.
Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2015


OMG BEST TV show ever. Great TV show the ones I like best is the ones with big explosions . has mild talking every now and then but all of it is beeped out. an... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymusicmovielove July 20, 2020

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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For kids who love science

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