Mythbusters Is Scientific Fun With an Emphasis On Safety
"Mythbusters" promotes a healthy sense of curiosity and uses the scientific method to either prove (confirm), disprove (bust), or show that the myth or idiom they put to their tests is plausible. The Mythbusters, consisting of Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara, practice their experiments using good safety sense. Overall, the formula of scientific curiosity and safety, used by the Mythbusters, takes the potentially overwhelming subject of science and makes it interesting, even entertaining. While "Mythbusters" episodes contain their fair share of guns, explosions, thermite, and other means of fire power, it is rare that humans sustain injuries. Injuries that are sustained are minor, such as cuts and mild burns. The unofficial 6th Mythbuster - a crash test dummy named Buster - is often the brunt of most of the violence. Sometimes, other human analogs are used, such as ballistics gel. Watching Buster sustain explosions, drops from high places, and fire, or watching human-shaped ballistics gel reduced to a gelatinous goo as a result of an explosion might prove intense for extremely young or sensitive viewers, but most of these instances are counteracted by laughter and celebrations by the Mythbuster crew (because most of the time, these explosions are the exact result they were trying for). Language is often mild, with the more severe language bleeped out. One episode revolved around whether swearing helped increase pain thresholds (it seemed to, according to the test results!). Drinking is also the focus of some myths, including mythical ways to beat breathalyzer tests, or if texting and driving is as dangerous as driving while buzzed. The drinking episodes usually tend to be the most humorous ones, as the already funny cast become even more so while inebriated. All things considered, I can recommend "Mythbusters" as a tool to make science more appealing to children and teens. The show does a great job demonstrating that science is a lot more fun than a lecture in a classroom.
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Positive role models
Violence & scariness
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking