Mythbusters exploded onto the scene (almost literally) in 2003, by building on the legacy of educational shows like Bill Nye The Science Guy and spinning off in a different direction. Where Bill Nye was really focused on being an educational show, Mythbusters aimed to show that science could be entertaining and and fun. It brought science and experimentation into the pop culture landscape and had a huge impact in making science and engineering “cool.”
Mythbusters was lightning in a bottle. They had a perfect hosting duo in Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman. Both hosts brought a wealth of special effects knowledge and build experience and their contrasting personalities created a rapport that was extremely watchable.
Mythbusters was this magical show that lived in the intersection between science and popular culture. Along with shows like The Magic School Bus, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and COSMOS: A Personal Voyage, Mythbusters helped inspire me to explore science and eventually go to engineering school. The show had a tremendous run, and I’m definitely sad to see it go, but it had an amazing impact by showing the world that science, engineering, and experimentation could be cool and even on occasion, pretty bad ass. – Jose Cordova
Which shows ended in 2016 that you will miss?