A weekly documentary in which two Hollywood special effects experts attempt to debunk urban legends by directly testing them.


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 Himself - Host (280 episodes, 2003-2016)
 Himself - Host (280 episodes, 2003-2016)
 Narrator (278 episodes, 2003-2016)
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 Himself - Host / ... (237 episodes, 2004-2016)
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Mythbusters takes myths, tall tales and urban legends and gives them the scientific treatment to determine their validity. Myths are proved true, probable, possible, improbable or busted. Often after the real-world practical tests have proved or debunked a Myth, the team will take the experiment to the extreme, many times using more modern technology than the myth could have used or upping the black powder for impressive explosions. Written by FMJ_Joker

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23 January 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les Stupéfiants  »

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Did You Know?


Kari Byron, who joined the team in season 2, can be seen in Jamie's shop working on a computer in the first episode. Interestingly, it also happened to be her first day on the job as an intern for Jamie Hyneman. See more »


At the beginning of the title sequence used during seasons 1-4, the formula for the area of a circle is shown as two times pi times the radius squared (A=2*PI*r2) but the actual formula for the area of a circle is pi times the radius squared (A=PI*r2). See more »


Kari: [Jiggles two ballistics gel hands] My dastardly scheme, it's coming together!
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Featured in Beyond Tomorrow: Episode #2.2 (2006) See more »

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One of the few shows on TV I actually make time for
28 November 2004 | by (Plainfield, IL) – See all my reviews

Rarely do we, the television audience, experience the privilege of a show that is equal parts educational and entertaining. Not that I'm learning anything from it, mind you, but other people very well might.

The simple premise is that our two hosts, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, recreate the conditions of popular myths to verify or, as is more often the case, bust them. Of course, a premise alone does not a good show make. The fun comes from watching Jamie and Adam gleefully trounce the sometimes ridiculous stories. Adam is the energetic and outgoing one, taking every opportunity to goof off and make the work look more like play, whereas Jamie reacts to things with a much drier sense of humor and is somewhat more sarcastic. I was as disappointed as anyone upon learning of the inclusion of three "Jr. Mythbusters" for the second season, but my concern was ill-founded, as I realized that they had just as much personality as Jamie and Adam, and my conclusion is that anyone who thinks the show has gone downhill as a result of the new additions is simply averse to any change whatsoever. The show remains a favorite.

On a side note, you really have to admire how smart these guys are. Most of what they do can be traced back to physics, which makes me respect them all the more, based on my consistent inability to grasp the simplest of concepts in this particular field.

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