A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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 & Scariness
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very occasional use of the word "sex."
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Infrequent and mostly mild: "hell," "oh my God," etc. The occasional stronger words are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Brand names are blurred on all soda and other food and drinks used in experiments.
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.
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.
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