A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Science can be fun and separate fact from fiction; being systematic, safe is key.
Positive Role Models
Contestants are smart, respectful of each other; female participants are few.
Violence & Scariness
Dangerous high-speed driving, crashes, explosions, blowing things up and out, all in the name of science.
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"Crap," "screwed," "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Formula One, Camaro cars.
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.
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.
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