MythBusters is an Australian–American[1] science entertainment television program, developed by Peter Rees and produced by Australia's Beyond Television Productions.[1] The series premiered on the Discovery Channel on January 23, 2003. It was broadcast internationally by many television networks and other Discovery channels worldwide. The show's original hosts, special effects experts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, used elements of the scientific method to test the validity of rumors, myths, movie scenes, adages, Internet videos, and news stories. The show was one of the most popular on Discovery Channel, being preceded only by How It's Made and Daily Planet, both in Canada.

MythBusters's title screen from 2003–2006
Developed byPeter Rees
Presented by
Narrated by
  • Daniel Thomas (pilot)
  • Bob Brozman (pilot)
  • Neil Sutherland
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Australia[1]
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons17
No. of episodes296 (list of episodes)
Camera setupMultiple
Running time
  • 43–44 minutes (broadcast cut)
  • 48–50 minutes (original cut)
Original network
Picture format
First shown inUnited States
Original releaseJanuary 23, 2003 (2003-01-23) 
February 28, 2018 (2018-02-28)
Related showsHead Rush
MythBusters: The Search
MythBusters Jr.
Savage Builds
External links

Filmed in San Francisco and edited in Artarmon, New South Wales, MythBusters aired 282 total episodes before its cancellation at the end of the 2016 season in March. Planning and some experimentation took place at Hyneman's workshops in San Francisco; experiments requiring more space or special accommodations were filmed on location, typically around the San Francisco Bay Area and other locations in northern California, going to other states or even countries on occasion when required.

During the second season, members of Savage's and Hyneman's behind-the-scenes team were organized into a second team of MythBusters ("The Build Team"). They generally tested myths separately from the main duo and operated from another workshop. This arrangement continued until August 2014, when it was announced at the end of "Plane Boarding" that Tory Belleci, Kari Byron, and Grant Imahara would be leaving the show. Savage and Hyneman subsequently hosted the final two seasons alone.[2][3] On October 21, 2015, it was announced that MythBusters would air its 14th and final season in 2016. The show aired its final episode with the original cast on March 6, 2016.

On November 15, 2017, sister network Science Channel revived the series with the new hosts Jon Lung and Brian Louden, who were selected via the competition spin-off MythBusters: The Search.[4] It is now filmed in Santa Clarita and on location in other parts of Southern California. The revival aired for two seasons that lasted until 2018.

MythBusters refers to both the name of the program and the cast members who test the experiments.