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Brainiac: Science Abuse 

The show that's takes a comedic look at the world of science and asks the really important questions as well as putting stuff in microwaves

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Series cast summary:
Jon Tickle ...  Himself 42 episodes, 2003-2008
Joe Rowntree Joe Rowntree ...  Brainiac Joe 42 episodes, 2003-2008
Tom Pringle Tom Pringle ...  Dr. Bunhead / ... 41 episodes, 2003-2008
Neil DuCran Neil DuCran ...  Brainiac Neil 38 episodes, 2003-2007
Moira Kan Moira Kan ...  Brainiac Moira 38 episodes, 2003-2007
Richard Hammond ...  Himself - Presenter 37 episodes, 2003-2006
Ed Arriens Ed Arriens ...  2 Brains 37 episodes, 2003-2006
Rachel Grant ...  Professor Myang Li / ... 35 episodes, 2004-2008
Stefan D'Bart ...  Dolly Boy 32 episodes, 2005-2008
Daniel Norris Daniel Norris ...  Brainiac Dan 31 episodes, 2004-2006
Charlotte Hudson Charlotte Hudson ...  Herself 28 episodes, 2004-2006
Richard Greenwood Richard Greenwood ...  Brainiac Richard 28 episodes, 2003-2005
Peter Dickson Peter Dickson ...  Himself / ... 23 episodes, 2005-2008
John P. Kilcoyne John P. Kilcoyne ...  Himself / ... 22 episodes, 2005-2008
Karen Naiker Karen Naiker ...  Brainiac Karen 20 episodes, 2004-2005
Sonal Patel Sonal Patel ...  Brainiac Sonal 18 episodes, 2004-2005


The show that's takes a comedic look at the world of science and asks the really important questions as well as putting stuff in microwaves

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Release Date:

29 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brainiac - Apithana peiramata See more »

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1.78 : 1
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The show courted mild controversy when it emerged that at least one of the experiments was faked by a pyrotechnics department. The alkali metals are known to react rapidly with water, producing hydrogen gas and energy, with potentially explosive results. An experiment was set up to demonstrate how these metals reacted by dropping them in water, with the expectation that the heavier alkali metals would be more potent. Lithium, sodium, potassium and rubidium reacted with increasing potency. However caesium (the heaviest of the alkali metals commonly available) simply sank to the bottom of their "tank" (a bath) before it could react significantly, which was far less dramatic than the other reactions suggested. The producers had the bath wired with explosives and blown to pieces, and presented this instead. According to a statement issued by the production company, they frequently used pyrotechnics in this way. See more »


Richard Hammond: [introducing Jon Tickle walking on custard] Now, science has proven the following - man cannot walk on water. Jesus did, but he was the son of God, giving him an unfair advantage.
[pushes Jon into the pool]
Richard Hammond: As you can see, Jon Tickle cannot walk on water.
Jon Tickle: But I can walk on custard!
Richard Hammond: ...but he can walk on custard.
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Wow the dedication is apparent!! Science ROCKS.
1 July 2016 | by tankaceSee all my reviews

Brainiac was on the air from 2003 to 2008 and it gave me a lot of laughs, for it is absurdly funny and generally entertaining for it fused two things they are usually thought to be universes apart, science and fun. No , definitely no those concepts can exist at the same time it needs to be done right and here they score 11/ 10. Also for the male viewers are some very beautiful women around. ;)

The first four seasons are comedic gold .It is every nerd wet dream for a television series with experiments, test, some gorgeous girls ,because why not? .Also you have some extremely interesting philosophical question been thrown at any episode to make the audience think! That was unheard in the early two thousands, for back then the weren't series like Big Bang Theory(1), Lie to me(2), Criminal Minds(3) and Avatar(4). For those series' creators see the audience and say: "I want to make them learn something during the run time for the episode" weather that is a scientific fact (1),a way to find out lies(2), get detective skills(3) or a whole way of thinking(4).

Now to the final two seasons where the main hosts left. Thet were good, but lacked the comedic timing and they didn't give any emphases to the question part ,but still their energy and dedications make you come for more. Sandly they couldn't stop the series from losing steam and with the gangs, girls,science ,and even the flagship of the series the experiments themselves going old ,it was the end and the series was canceled.

In this point is were I say that was a pity and it should continue, but not in this time for it series run its course and ended in at least a decent level and didn't became a zombie like Family Guy , Two and a half men and even one of my favorites Bones! So let us all remember this series for that opening in the big screen (if you haven't see it do it now).

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