This show takes a prize (plasma TV, motor scooter, year's supply of omaha steaks, etc), applies a destruction mechanism (steamroller and boiling water flattening and cooking steaks, junk car launched at 40 mph towards TV), then gives three handymen/engineer types 48 hours to conceive of and build a defense of the prize. At the 48 hour mark, the destruction mechanism is enabled. If the prize comes through cleanly, the 3 contestants win the prize. If they fail, we all get to watch in awe as a $2,000 television is completely destroyed.
Oh, and while the contestants build their solution, the show's own engineer designs and builds his own solution (which typically varies widely from what the contestants have come up with). We also get to watch his protection design tested out.
This show is not just fun for the science / puzzle-minded adult, but I'd also recommend it for kids 10+. It is a great introduction to physics for youngsters.
I've seen every episode, and I'm waiting for the next season. PLEASE BRING US ANOTHER SEASON!
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