If this gives you any idea how far out these get written, I’m composing this on 3/5/16, the day the last episode of Mythbusters aired, yet it won’t actually publish until the very end of April. But anyhow, even though Mythbusters isn’t the kind of show I usually review, it was one I specifically skipped back when I was doing my full TV Thursday recaps, now that it’s come to a close, I wanted to say a few things about it. I’ve been watching it since the very first special aired back in 2003. Of course, back then, it was a small production on what was a dwindling basic cable channel, Discovery Channel. Originally founded in 1985 as an educational channel, it had lost popularity over the years due to an over-reliance on reality TV. Mythbusters was one of the shows that helped Discovery reclaim its former glory.
I will say I’ve been a fan of the series since it began. Any show that pushes critical thinking and the scientific method for determining if something is actually true gets my stamp of approval. That said though, Mythbusters didn’t go out at the top of its game. It probably should have been cancelled years earlier because it really didn’t keep the same magic at the end as it had at the beginning. I guess some of that could be because the fans got used to it, but I think they used up a lot of the big myths pretty early on and as it went along, either they went after smaller targets or they just repeated things that they had already done. It went from a show that the whole family gathered around the TV every week to watch together, to something that we got to whenever we got to it.
That doesn’t make it a bad show. I really like Adam and Jamie. I really liked Grant, Kari and Tori. I actually agree that the show is a bit better without the second build team, not because I don’t like them but because I think it made the show more about the people and less about the science. But all good things come to an end and this is one good thing that probably held on longer than it should have. I’m going to miss the idea of Mythbusters a lot more than I’m going to miss the experience of sitting down to watch Mythbusters. It was an excellent concept that started off with fantastic execution, but as with all things, if they go on long enough, they get old. Mythbusters got old, sorry to say. Plus, I think the quality of the myths degraded over the years. It started out with serious myths that I was actually curious about. It devolved into trying to see if TV shows and movies were realistic. I guess nobody ever heard of “fiction”.
So how am I going to rate Mythbusters as a whole? I’m going to give it a 4, but that’s a weighted average. Early seasons get a higher score, later seasons get a lower one. There’s probably always going to be a place in my heart for the show, but I have the whole thing archived, every single episode, from the original 3 specials to the last episode that wound up on Science, I have them all. Do I miss Mythbusters? Yes. Do I miss seeing new episodes of Mythbusters? No, not really.