|Format||Scientific method - Documentary film|
|Created by||Peter Rees|
|Narrated by||Robert Lee (USA)|
Robin Banks (Discovery UK)
Rufus Hound (BBC Two)
Eduardo Robiera (Latin American)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. Scientific method refers to bodies of Techniques for investigating phenomena Documentary film is a broad category of visual expression that is based on the attempt in one fashion or another to " Document " reality James Earl "Jamie" Hyneman (born September 25 1956 is an American Visual effects expert best known for being the co-host of the Television series Adam Whitney Savage (born 15 July 1967 is an American Industrial design and Special effects engineer actor educator and co-host of the Discovery Salvatore "Tory" Belleci (born October 30, 1970 in Monterey California) is a film maker and model maker Kari Elizabeth Byron (born December 18, 1974) is a San Francisco -based Artist and television personality best known for her featured role on Grant Masaru Imahara (born October 23, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Electronics and Radio This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. Robin Banks (real name Christian Richardson is a TV presenter and radio DJ originally from Kilkenny, Ireland. Rufus Hound is a British comedian and television presenter He has been described by TV's Stephen Fry as "The rich man's Simon Pegg " The United States of America —commonly referred to as the of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||117 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||43 minutes (Discovery Channel, SBS)|
30 minutes (BBC Two)
(Both times are not including commercials)
|Original channel||Discovery Channel|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||January 23, 2003 – present|
MythBusters is an American popular science television program on the Discovery Channel starring American special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who use basic elements of the scientific method to test the validity of various rumors, urban legends and news stories in popular culture. This is an episode list of the Popular science Television series MythBusters on The Discovery Channel. Discovery Channel is an American Satellite and Cable TV channel (also delivered via IPTV, Terrestrial television and SBS TV, sometimes SBS, is a national public television channel in Australia. Discovery Channel is an American Satellite and Cable TV channel (also delivered via IPTV, Terrestrial television and Discovery HD is the international name of the high-definition Television channels from Discovery Communications. High-definition television (HDTV is a Digital television Broadcasting system with higher resolution than traditional television systems (standard-definition Events 393 - Roman Emperor Theodosius I proclaims his nine year old son Honorius co-emperor Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. For the 1935-1949 film series see Popular Science (film. Popular Science is an American monthly Magazine founded in 1872 A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U Discovery Channel is an American Satellite and Cable TV channel (also delivered via IPTV, Terrestrial television and The illusions used in the Film, Television, Theater, or Entertainment industries to simulate the imagined events in a story are traditionally called Adam Whitney Savage (born 15 July 1967 is an American Industrial design and Special effects engineer actor educator and co-host of the Discovery James Earl "Jamie" Hyneman (born September 25 1956 is an American Visual effects expert best known for being the co-host of the Television series Scientific method refers to bodies of Techniques for investigating phenomena A debunker is an individual who discredits and exposes claims as being false exaggerated unscientific or pretentious A rumour or rumor (see spelling differences) is often viewed as "an unverified account or explanation of events circulating from person to person and An urban legend or urban myth is a form of modern Folklore consisting of stories thought to be factual by those circulating them Popular culture (or pop culture) is the Culture — patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance —
Mythbusters is typically shot in San Francisco; planning and some experimentation takes place at the cast's workshops; some experiments that require more space or special accommodations are filmed on location around the Bay, and occasionally the show travels to other states or countries. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city The show is produced by the Australian company Beyond Productions; it is written, produced and post-produced from Artarmon, Sydney.
The show was created for the Discovery Channel under the title Tall Tales or True by producer Peter Rees from Beyond Television Productions in 2002. Beyond Television Productions is a Subsidiary of the Australian company Beyond International. Discovery then commissioned three pilot specials. A television pilot is a test episode of an intended Television series. Jamie Hyneman came to the show through Rees, who had previously interviewed him for his appearance on BattleBots. BattleBots is an American company that hosts robot competitions Adam Savage, who had worked with Hyneman in commercials and on BattleBots, was approached by Hyneman to help co-host the show because (according to Savage) Hyneman felt himself too uninteresting to host the show on his own. 
In July 2006, an edited thirty-minute version (as opposed to the usual 60 minutes including advertising or 43mins without) of MythBusters began airing on BBC Two in the UK. The episodes shown in the European Discovery Channel sometimes include extra scenes not shown in the U. S. version (some of these scenes eventually make their way into "specials", such as "MythBusters Outtakes"). The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like
Each MythBusters episode typically focuses on several unrelated urban legends, popular beliefs, Internet rumors, or other myths. An urban legend or urban myth is a form of modern Folklore consisting of stories thought to be factual by those circulating them See also Mythology Myth is derived from the Greek word μύθος mythos, which simply means 'story' The Discovery Channel hosts MythBusters message board forums on the Internet, where fans discuss previous episodes and post suggestions to Adam and Jamie for future myths to test.  Occasionally episodes are produced in which some or all of the myths are related by theme. To date, three myths have required such extensive preparation and testing that they had entire episodes devoted solely to them, and four specials have been double length. The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like 
Methods for testing myths are usually planned and executed in a manner to produce visually dramatic results, which generally involves explosions, fires, and/or vehicle crashes. When a myth is potentially dangerous to an individual, the MythBusters use various stand-ins for humans in their tests. Resident crash test dummy, "Buster", or ballistics gel have long been used, along with other more recent analogues, such as dead pigs and Simulaids. For the band see Crash Test Dummies. For the series of toys see The Incredible Crash Dummies. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. Ballistic gelatin is a solution of Gelatin powder in Water. Ballistic gelatin closely simulates the Density and Viscosity of human and When a myth is low-risk, the cast sometimes performs experiments on themselves, though injuries and mishaps are quite frequent.
The cast usually use their expertise to construct complex, sometimes Rube Goldberg-like mechanical devices with which to perform experiments. A Rube Goldberg machine is a deliberately overengineered Apparatus that performs a very simple task in a very indirect and convoluted fashion Tests are sometimes confined to the workshop, but often require unique conditions which require them to be performed at other locations in San Francisco and other places around the Bay Area. The City and County of San Francisco is the fourth most populous city The San Francisco Bay Area, commonly known as the Bay Area, or the Bay, is a geographically and ethnically diverse metropolitan region that surrounds the
Common filming locations around the Bay Area include decommissioned (closed) military facilities (such as Naval Air Station Alameda, Naval Station Treasure Island, Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, Mare Island Naval Shipyard, and Hamilton Air Force Base), and the Alameda County Sheriff's Bomb Squad and Firearm range. Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed Naval Air Station Alameda ( NAS Alameda) was a United States Navy Naval Air Station in Alameda California, on San Francisco Bay Treasure Island is an Artificial island in the San Francisco Bay between San Francisco and Oakland. San Francisco Naval Shipyard was a United States Navy Shipyard in San Francisco California, located on 638 acres (2 The Mare Island Naval Shipyard (MINS was the first United States Navy Shipyard established on the Pacific Coast Hamilton Air Force Base was a former United States Air Force base located along the northern shore of San Francisco Bay south of Novato, California Alameda County is a county in the US state of California. It occupies most of the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. Other filming locations include the Mojave Spaceport in the Mojave Desert, California, and the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada. For the indigenous American tribe see Mohave. The Mojave Desert (moʊˈhɑːvi or /məˈhɑːvi/ ( Hayikwiir Mat'aar in Mojave California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. The Black Rock Desert is a Dry lake bed and the surrounding Endorheic basin in northwestern Nevada in the United States. Nevada ( is a state located in the western region of the United States of America. However, the program sometimes travels to other more exotic cities and countries to test myths, usually for special episodes.
The tests usually follow a two-step process. Dubbed "replicate the circumstances, then duplicate the results" by Savage, the MythBusters first attempt to recreate the myth to determine if the circumstances as described achieve the alleged outcome. If that fails, they attempt to expand the parameters as much as necessary — sometimes to absurd lengths — until the desired results are duplicated. When the exact details of a myth are unclear, the MythBusters will often hold a competition amongst each other to find and implement the best solution. At this segment, the show's narrator often utters the motto "Anything that's worth doing, is worth over-doing. ", especially when destructive force is involved.
The thoroughness to which the MythBusters test myths is often unclear due to the time constraints of the episodes. Adam and Jamie have alluded to this many times on the show, and during the Outtakes Special, they specifically stated that while they in fact are very thorough in testing myths and repeat experiments many times in many different configurations, it is simply impossible to display all of it on the show. The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like Beginning in Season 5 they have prompted viewers to visit the show's website to see less edited versions of experiments, additional scientific explanations, or unaired myths or experiments related to aired ones for each episode. Also, in response to criticism over testing myths incorrectly, the team has produced several "Myths Revisited" episodes, in which they retest myths to see if viewers' complaints have merit. These episodes have resulted in overturning results of several myths, as well as upholding results for different reasons than originally concluded.
There are some myths and urban legends the MythBusters refuse to test. Paranormal concepts, such as aliens or ghosts, are not addressed because they cannot be tested by scientific methods, although one exception, pyramid power, prompted Adam to comment, "No more 'oogie-boogie' myths, please. Paranormal is an Umbrella term used to describe unusual Phenomena or experiences that lack an obvious Scientific explanation Extraterrestrial life is Life originating outside of the Earth. A ghost is said to be the apparition of a Deceased person frequently similar in appearance to that person and usually encountered in places she or he frequented Scientific method refers to bodies of Techniques for investigating phenomena The term pyramid power was coined by Patrick Flanagan in 1973, to describe alleged supernatural properties of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and " The program generally avoids experiments harmful to animals and people that cannot be tested safely, though in one episode they bombarded cockroaches and other laboratory insects with lethal doses of radiation and the cast addressed this, saying that the insects were specifically bred for experiments and would have likely died anyway. Cockroaches (or simply "roaches" are Insects of the order Blattaria. In another episode, Kari Byron intentionally allowed herself to be stung by a jellyfish, though it was revealed beforehand by an expert at the aquarium where the jellyfish was obtained that the experiment they had planned would not be a serious threat to Kari's safety. The book MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time (ISBN 1-4169-0929-X) also gives a list of a dozen urban legends that are unlikely to be explored (although three were eventually tested).
By the end of each episode, each myth is rated Busted, Plausible, or Confirmed.
While a wide range of myths are tested, the MythBusters regularly use certain items as part of their experiments due to their versatility, property simulation ability, or usefulness in evaluations. In scientific inquiry an experiment ( Latin: Ex- periri, "to try out" is a method of investigating particular types of research questions or These items include:
Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman were the original MythBusters, and explored all the myths on the show using their common background in visual effects. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. Adam Whitney Savage (born 15 July 1967 is an American Industrial design and Special effects engineer actor educator and co-host of the Discovery James Earl "Jamie" Hyneman (born September 25 1956 is an American Visual effects expert best known for being the co-host of the Television series Visual effects (commonly shortened to Visual F/X or VFX) are the various processes by which imagery is created and/or manipulated outside the context of a Live The two work at Hyneman's effects workshop, M5 Industries, and make use of his staff. M5 Industries ( M5i) is a visual effects company located in San Francisco, California whose primary focus is Special effects props for One of the show's gimmicks is the interaction between Savage and Hyneman, which is similar to a double act, wherein Hyneman plays the straight man and Savage is the comic foil/relief. A double act, also known as a Comedy duo, is a comic device in which humor is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners usually of the same The show is narrated by Robert Lee, though in some regions his voice is replaced by a local narrator. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters.
As the series progressed, assistants were introduced and ultimately formed into a second team, called the "Build Team", which has its own workshop, called M7, and now splits each episode with the original pair. Each team typically investigates different myths in an episode. The first member of the Build Team introduced was one of Hyneman's artists, Kari Byron, who was needed as a model for an early myth. Kari Elizabeth Byron (born December 18, 1974) is a San Francisco -based Artist and television personality best known for her featured role on The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like M5 builder Tory Belleci is typically portrayed as doing much of the construction for the Build Team's myths (formerly assisting the original pair). Salvatore "Tory" Belleci (born October 30, 1970 in Monterey California) is a film maker and model maker Grant Imahara, a colleague of Hyneman, was brought in to round out the team with his electrical and robotics experience. Grant Masaru Imahara (born October 23, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American Electronics and Radio See also Robot Robotics is the science and technology of Robots and their design manufacture and application
The show has featured other cast members who have since left the series. Scottie Chapman was a metal worker and welder in the shop before being Imahara's predecessor in the Build Team, though she returned in later episodes. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. The show has had two interns, dubbed "Mythterns": Discovery Channel contest winner Christine Chamberlain and Jess Nelson, who were discovered during a MythBusters viewer building contest. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. The cast of the television series MythBusters perform experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like The program originally featured segments with folklorist Heather Joseph-Witham (who explained the origins of certain urban legends) and people with first-hand experience with the myths, but those elements were phased out early in the series. Folkloristics is the formal academic study of Folklore. What actually constitutes folklore is disputed even within the discipline but generally folklore focuses on the This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. To focus more on the process of debunking the myths, MythBusters continues to feature a variety of guests and semi-regular experts with whom the cast consults. These experts include firearms expert Sgt. Al Normandy of the South San Francisco Police Department and retired FBI explosives expert Frank Doyle. Doyle is a particularly common guest expert, given the producers' predilection for his area of expertise.
The show also features several inanimate "cast members". The first and most commonly used is Buster — a crash test dummy used to test more dangerous myth tests. This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters. For the band see Crash Test Dummies. For the series of toys see The Incredible Crash Dummies. He has been extensively damaged and rebuilt over the course of the series and has had an entire special devoted to his redesign and rebuilding as "Buster 2. The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like 0. " In 2008, the original Buster frame was finally retired, and an entirely new dummy replaced Buster 2. 0 unannounced.
Buster has been supplemented with additional dummies manufactured by Simulaids, which were named "Jane", "Simulaid Susie", and "Rescue Randy". They were introduced in the "Killer Brace Position" myth. The cast/crew of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like Sometimes, when it is likely the subject will be completely destroyed, full-body ballistics gel dummies have been used. The first of these used was nicknamed Ted (for bus'ted). This is a list of additional cast members of the television series MythBusters.
MythBusters places a strong emphasis on viewer safety due to the nature of the myths tested, often dealing with purported household scenarios. All episodes begin with Adam and Jamie giving a disclaimer against attempting the experiments seen on the show; most episodes also feature a second warning halfway through the running time. These disclaimers are not aired with the broadcasts on Discovery UK or Australian channel SBS.
The show employs various degrees of safety- or courtesy-related censorship. Instead of the standard bleeping, vulgar language or the names of ingredients used in the production of hazardous materials are usually covered over with sound effects which are humorous or relevant to the myth. A bleep censor (or " bleeping " is the replacement of verbal Profanity with a beep sound (usually a) in television or radio A dangerous good is any Solid, Liquid, or Gas that can harm people other living Organisms property or the environment Other potentially offensive subject matter is glossed over with euphemisms or addressed in a strictly scientific sense. A euphemism is a substitution of an agreeable or less offensive expression in place of one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener or in the case of doublespeak  As with audio, visible chemical labels used to produce dangerous materials are blurred out. In one such episode where dangerous chemicals were used, Adam described how to make a compound by "mixing blur with blur", comically recognizing the censorship of the chemicals. In certain scenarios (such as building a bomb), they also admit that even professionals such as themselves are required to seek special permission/assistance from the government or prohibited from engaging in a certain activity and take the opportunity to reinforce the disclaimer. A bomb is any of a range of devices that typically rely on the Exothermic Chemical reaction of an Explosive material to produce an extremely In case of making explosives they mosty do not show everything they put into it, or how it was put together.
Many brand names of items used in the show are also edited out, usually by blurring or covering up the branding with a MythBusters sticker. The only exception is when brand names are specific to the myth (such as the Diet Coke and Mentos experiment). The cast of the television series MythBusters perform experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like
In January 2005, children's author and adventurer Andrew Knight (aka "Bowvayne") commenced legal proceedings in Australia against Beyond Productions (the producer of MythBusters), alleging passing off in relation to the use of the name "Mythbusters". Bowvayne has just completed his first album Biography Bowvayne (also known as Bow has travelled the world investigating myths and mysteries presented children’s  Knight asserted that he had previously put together a team of "Mythbusters" and had used the name continuously since 1988 in relation to pursuing myths, ghosts, monsters, goblins and other such mysteries in an offbeat manner all around the world. Knight authored a series of self-published children's books under the banner "Mythbusters" in 1991, 1993, and 1996.   In February 2007, the Federal Court of Australia dismissed Knight's claims against Beyond (Knight v Beyond Properties Pty Ltd  FCA 70).
Hyneman and Savage have appeared on numerous entertainment programs, such as Good Morning America, The Late Show with David Letterman, NPR's news program All Things Considered, the syndicated radio Bob and Tom Show, and in the movie The Darwin Awards. Good Morning America ( GMA) is a morning news show that is broadcast on the ABC television network debuting on November The Late Show with David Letterman is an Emmy Award -winning American late-night Talk show hosted by David Letterman on CBS All Things Considered (ATC is a news radio program in the United States broadcast on the National Public Radio network The Bob & Tom Show is a syndicated US Radio program established by Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold at radio station WFBQ The Darwin Awards is a Comedy film based on the website of the same name. Skeptic magazine's Daniel Loxton interviewed the duo in an article entitled "Mythbusters Exposed. Daniel Loxton is a Canadian writer illustrator and skeptic. He is the Editor of Junior Skeptic magazine a kids’ science section bound into the " Hyneman and Savage spoke at the annual convention of the National Science Teachers Association in March 2006, and the California Science Teachers Association named them honorary lifetime members in October 2006. The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington Virginia, is an association of Science Teachers  In Australia, they appeared in a segment at the 2006 TV Week Logie Awards, where they attempted to solve the myth of whether or not the atmospheric pressure at the Logies caused guests' breasts to increase in size. The TV Week Logie Awards are the Australian television industry awards which have been presented annually since 1959 This segment used footage from the "Exploding Implants" myth, with a new voice-over, intro, and ending. The cast of the television series MythBusters performs experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like
Hyneman and Savage occasionally appear at colleges around the country to talk about what it's like to be a MythBuster; the show consists of an interview and discussion to give the audience the opportunity to ask the MythBusters questions. To date they've done about 30 appearances, both collegiate and corporate, and are always well received, though the technical colleges tend to be the most enthusiastic.  They've spoken at WPI, RPI, Boise State, Georgia Tech, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan University, MIT, The University of Akron, the University Of Maine, the University of Florida, the IBM Almaden Research Center, and many others. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, or RPI, is a Nonsectarian private Research University located in Troy, New York Boise State University is a Public university located near downtown Boise, the Capital city of the U The Georgia Institute of Technology, commonly known as Georgia Tech, or Tech, is a public, Coeducational Research university in Michigan Technological University ( abbr Michigan Tech or MTU) is an American Public university with a range of degree offerings Northern Michigan University is a four-year Public university established in 1899 located in Marquette, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The University of Akron is an open enrollment regional institution of higher learning located in Akron Ohio. The University of Maine, established in 1865 is the Flagship University of the University of Maine System. The University of Florida ( Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant major Research International Business Machines Corporation abbreviated IBM and nicknamed "Big Blue", is a multinational Computer Technology
Kari Byron was interviewed on The Late Show, on January 16, 2006. Events 27 BC - The title Augustus is bestowed upon Gaius Julius Caesar Octavian by the Roman Senate. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.  In 2006, Kari did a photo-shoot for FHM magazine, in which she demonstrated simple home chemistry experiments (such as the Mentos and Diet-Coke reaction) while wearing a red bra and lab coat. FHM or For Him Magazine is an international monthly Men's Lifestyle magazine.
People involved in survival stories reported in local newscasts have sometimes mentioned previous viewings of MythBusters as an influence to their actions. Twenty-three year old Theresa Booth of St. Martin, Minnesota credits a MythBusters episode for her and her infant child's survival. St Martin is a city in Stearns County, Minnesota, United States. On April 3, 2007 she skidded off the road into a drainage ditch which had filled with flood water from the Sauk River. Events 1043 - Edward the Confessor is crowned King of England. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Sauk River is a tributary of the Mississippi River, approximately 90 mi (145 km long in central Minnesota in the United States. In a local newscast, she is described as opening the car door as soon as it entered the water, and credits her watching of the show (specifically, the episode of the Underwater Car myth) for her knowledge of how to survive the accident. The cast of the television series MythBusters perform experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like  On October 19, 2007 in Sydney, Australia, a teenager named Julian Shaw pulled a fainted middle-aged man off the railway tracks near a train station to safety below the platform. Events 202 BCE - The Battle of Zama results in the defeat of Carthage and Hannibal. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Sydney (ˈsɪdniː is the most populous city in Australia, with a Metropolitan area population of approximately 4 For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. He pulled back as the train passed, citing that the "Train Suction" episode affected his response. The cast of the television series MythBusters perform experiments to verify or debunk Urban legends Old wives' tales and the like 
On the May 1st, 2008 episode of CSI, "The Theory of Everything", Jamie and Adam appeared in a cameo as observers taking notes during a test to determine whether a taser bolt can set someone on fire under various circumstances. CSI Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama Television series that trails the investigations of a team of Las Vegas The Theory of Everything is the fifteenth episode in the eighth season of the popular American crime drama CSI Crime Scene Investigation which is set in Las Vegas
MythBusters is broadcast in several countries, primarily on each country's edition of the Discovery Channel. In Australia the program is also broadcast on SBS. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Australia topics. SBS TV, sometimes SBS, is a national public television channel in Australia. In some countries, the English speech is either subtitled in the relevant language and the United States customary units, still used throughout, are converted to metric, or the narrator is dubbed, or the whole show is voice-overed. Subtitles are textual versions of the dialog in films and television programs usually displayed at the bottom of the screen US customary units, also known in the United States as English units or Imperial units (in reference to the British Empire) (but see English The metric system is a decimalised system of measurement. It exists in several variations with different choices of base units, though the choice of base units does In filmmaking, dubbing or looping is the process of recording or replacing voices for a Motion picture. Excerpts of the show are also shown as part of the Beyond Television-produced Beyond Tomorrow