MythBusters (2017)

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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A slightly edgier (but still fun!) reboot has new hosts.

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Positive Messages

Science and STEM-based learning can be fun when presented in creative and entertainingly over-the-top ways. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

The hosts are enthusiastic, smart, and creative, and learn from their failures. Most of the builders on the set are male. 

Violence

Lots of dangerous explosions, crashes, and weaponry. Safety gear is always used, and all work is conducted and supervised by experts. 

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Language

Occasional mild references to farting. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reboot of MythBusters (2017) has all the over-the-top inventions, weapons, fire power, and explosions the franchise is known for, but a new team of hosts to guide the fun. Some of the experiments are a little edgy (like testing whether you can smoothly slice a person's head off using a rocket-powered sword), but it's all offered within the context of STEM-based learning. Viewers of all ages should be reminded that these experiments are controlled and supervised by experts and should not be tried at home. 

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Adult Written byBill Somrak S January 7, 2018

No Chemistry

The new hosts, Jonathan & Brian, are NOT Jamie & Adam ... No Where Even Close. There is no chemistry, not camaraderie, no thoughtful interaction... Continue reading
Adult Written byMichael S. January 6, 2018

New Mythbusters

I like the Myths on the show but I don’t like Jonathan and Brian as the host I think Adam , Tory ,Grant, and Kari should be the host of the show.

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What's the story?

MYTHBUSTERS (2017), a reboot of the original series of the same name, offers lots of explosive science-oriented entertainment. Product designer Jonathan Lung and biologist and master builder Brian Louden host the show, and seek to dispel commonly held assumptions and urban legends using STEM-based testing methods. Joined by Brian's dog, Bo, the duo designs and builds devices they'll use for their larger-than-life experiments. What they build is often over-the-top, and the process doesn't always go smoothly, but they use their smarts and creativity to problem-solve in order to determine whether the myths they are testing are based on fact or fiction.  

Is it any good?

This fun and somewhat goofy rendition of the show features an enthusiastic cast, over-the-top experiments, and lots of learning opportunities. The hosts, who were winners of a national search, also offer some detailed scientific explanations behind each project. It also maintains some of the series' original character, thanks to the off-camera presence of its original announcer, Robert Lee, and its continued commitment to big crashes, loud noises, and (when possible) fiery explosions as part of the testing methods.

Some of the things they examine -- including measuring how far a bullet can be shot and remain lethal, and using rocket power to create a sword that will slice a person's (or zombie's) head off without knocking it off the neck for a few seconds -- are a little edgier than what was explored in the parent series. The hosts often quip and use slang that gives the show a more contemporary feel. Nonetheless, this installment of MythBusters still fits the bill if you're looking for something exciting and informative. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about STEM. Why do you think these subjects are so popular (and important) right now? 

  • Families can talk about curiosity and perseverance. How do these character strengths help the hosts of MythBusters succeed at their STEM experiments? 

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