MythBusters: The Search

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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MythBuster contest has science, engineering, explosions.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

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Positive Messages

Science can be fun and separate fact from fiction; being systematic, safe is key. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Contestants are smart, respectful of each other; female participants are few. 

Violence

Dangerous high-speed driving, crashes, explosions, blowing things up and out, all in the name of science.

Sex
Language

"Crap," "screwed," "hell."

Consumerism

Formula One, Camaro cars. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the MythBusters spinoff, MythBusters: The Search, is a science and engineering competition show. The language is a little rough at times ("crap," "hell"), and some of the testing methods use flames and result in spectacular crashes and explosions (that should NOT be tried at home). However, it also shows the role of science and systematic methods in problem solving and learning, and reminds folks that science can be fun and exciting.  There are also references to franchises Formula One and car makes and models like Ford Camaros are sometimes shown. 

User Reviews

Adult Written byScott T. February 11, 2017

Mythbusters search review

This show was poorly executed. See my YouTube channel for more. https://youtu.be/Y63fnXsJMUQ
Teen, 15 years old Written byLordBlasman February 10, 2017

Addictive fun

I found the show to be very addictive as you want to know who wins or loses. The characters are very funny as they often make jokes. Whats cool is how innovativ... Continue reading

What's the story?

MYTHBUSTERS: THE SEARCH is a reality series dedicated to find the next generation of people committed to scientifically testing urban legends in spectacular style. Hosted by Kyle Hill, it features ten elite builders vying for a chance to continue the legacy of the original MythBusters team by using their ingenuity, engineering skills, and science savvy to design and conduct experiments that can help determine whether specific myths are fact or fiction. Through team and individual challenges, contestants must design and build prototypes, collect data, and run bigger than life tests in order to figure out if proposed myths can be busted. At the end of each episode, Hill, along with the crew and former MythBusters cast members and guests, decide who gets eliminated, and who moves one step closer to becoming an official MythBuster.  

Is it any good?

This entertaining science-based competition follows the popular MythBusters formula by offering viewers a chance to see how builders use their smarts to find answers to specific questions. From figuring out whether it's possible to build a side-ejecting car seat, to determining if a deflated ball is actually easier to catch than one full of air, robot experts, rocket scientists, electricians, engineers, and a range of other trained folks brainstorm, build prototypes, and start over when tests fail in order to answer the questions being posed.    

The building process and over-the-top testing methods are a big part of the series. However, MythBusters: The Search also focuses on the leadership skills and charisma of the contestants to determine if they are suited for a tv spotlight. The elimination process adds some edge to the show, but takes some of the focus away from the idea that folks can participate in science and engineering activities just for the fun of it. Nonetheless, it successfully underscores the importance of teamwork, creativity, and above all, using science and engineering to learn and problem solve. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the role science and engineering have in our every day lives. What kinds of new things have scientists, engineers, and other building experts created over the centuries that we now take for granted?   

  • MythBusters: The Search judges contestants' personalities as well as their science savvy. Are personality traits like being personable and having the ability to lead really important when you are a builder? Why? 

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