A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Using science to confirm or debunk ideas is a major lesson. STEM-based principles taught here.
Science and STEM-based learning can be fun when presented in creative and entertainingly over-the-top ways.
Positive Role Models
The hosts are enthusiastic, smart, and creative, and learn from their failures. Most of the builders on the set are male.
Violence & Scariness
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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Occasional mild references to farting.
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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.
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.
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