MythBusters

 
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Witty team puts urban legends to the scientific test.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

Positive role models

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
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intriguing series 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.

What's the story?

How many balloons would it take to airlift a man? 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? If you've lost sleep over these questions, 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?

QUALITY
 

The team makes a good comedic duo; Jamie's dry humor is the perfect complement to Adam's quips and wisecracks. The 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. 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 it exceptionally entertaining.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Adam and Jamie devise their test plans. 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?

TV details

Cast:Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Educational
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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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 are wrong and that they will test something over again and try not to be embarrassed. They to use the occasional "hell" but it is in context. Sometimes they do test myths where they have to get drunk in order to test it but they allways say how much they hate doing it because they know its bad for them. I was suprised and a little scared when I was younger when they were testing how powerful dropping a toaster (or any other electricle apliance) they showed a clip from one of the child's play movies. It was very violent and I was only 9 years old at the time and I was in the bassment with all of the lights turned off. But I guess I was just being the scaredy cat that I am. I actually saw the episode the other day and well I realized that it really wasn't that bad. So in the end it will recomend Mythbusters is okay for any child 8 years or older. Just make sure they know what will happen in the electricution episode!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 10 years old January 27, 2011
 
love it
What other families should know
Too much swearing
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. MY mom, dad, sister, and friends all LOVE it!!!!!
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Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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