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MythBusters

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MythBusters
Myth Busters-logo.png
Premiere pilot
January 23, 2003
series
September 23, 2003
Finale
Airs On hiatus
Creator Peter Rees
Network Discovery Channel
Style 60-minute documentary
Company Beyond Television
Seasons 12
Episodes 196 + 21 specials (through season 10)
Status On mid-season 12 hiatus
Origin USA

MythBusters is a documentary series that airs on the Discovery Channel. The show focuses on determining whether popular myths and urban legends are true. After performing various tests, the myth will be considered plausible, confirmed or busted. The hosts of the show are Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, who have a combined total of over 30 years of special effects experience.

Contents

Cast

Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Jamie Hyneman Host 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Adam Savage Host 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Tory Belleci Builder 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Kari Byron Builder 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Robert Lee Narrator 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Scottie Chapman Builder 1 2 6
Christine Chamberlain Shop Assistant 1 2
Heather Joseph-Witham Folklorist 1
Grant Imahara Builder 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Jessi Combs Builder 7 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
Discovery Channel
Pilots January 23, 2003 March 7, 2003 3
Season One September 23, 2003 February 15, 2004 13 + 2
Season Two June 8, 2004 August 10, 2005 24 + 9
Season Three October 12, 2005 May 10, 2006 16
Season Four July 12, 2006 December 14, 2006 16 + 2
Season Five January 10, 2007 December 12, 2007 24 + 1
Season Six January 16, 2008 November 12, 2008 20
Season Seven April 8, 2009 January 4, 2010 23 + 1
Season Eight March 24, 2010 December 22, 2010 22 + 2
Season Nine April 6, 2011 November 30, 2011 21 + 1
Season Ten March 25, 2012 November 25, 2012 18 + 3
Season Eleven May 1, 2013 June 26, 2013 9 + 3
Season Twelve January 11, 2014

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Summary

MythBusters has had an interesting history of DVD releases. Up until 2007, all DVDs that were released were only available through the Discovery Channel's store, either on-line or physical. The first release were five 1-episode discs, that were also packaged together. Later, a DVD containing the first three pilots was released, as was a Season One DVD set, followed by a Season Two set. For some reason, the Season Two set only contained the second half of season two, so Season One, Volume Two was released, which was actually the first half of Season Two. Somewhere along the line, Discovery started selling most of the episodes of the show as 1-episode discs. In 2007, the first release available outside of Discovery's stores was released, with one episode (Mega Movie Myths). Later, three different collections were released, with a random assortment of episodes. More season sets came later, first in the form of two partial season 5 sets, parts 1 and 2, each containing a fifth of the fifth season. Then, season 3, 4 and 5 sets were put up. The interesting thing here is that the Season 3 set contains everything in the Season One: Volume Two and most of the episodes from the Season Two set! Also, the Season 5 set includes all of season five as well as the first half of season six. These new season sets are still only available at Discovery Channel stores.

To add to the confusion, in October 2008, the Season One, Volume Two was renamed to Season 2 with new artwork while keeping the same content, and then the Season 3 set removed the overlap episodes with that set, without changing its name or artwork.

For a complete listing of what episodes appear on what DVD, see MythBusters Episodes on DVD.


Title Release Date #
Season Sets - Currently Available
The 3 Pilot Episodes That Started It All! May 2005 1§
Season One September 2005 4§
Season 2
First half of Season Two
October 1, 2008 4§
Season 3
Second half of Seasons Two and part of Three
October 1, 2008 3§
Season 4
Rest of Season Three and all of Season Four
November 8, 2007 6§
Season 5
Season Five and part of Six
October 3, 2008 6§
Season 6
Rest of Season Six and most of Season Seven
January 26, 2010 6§
Season Sets - Previously Available
Season One, Volume Two
First half of Season Two
July 2006 4§
Season Two
Second half of Season Two
September 2005 13§
Season 3
Second half of Seasons Two and part of Three
November 8, 2007 6§
Season 5, Part 1 July 2, 2007 2§
Season 5, Part 2 August 10, 2007 2§
Episode Collections
5 Disc Set April 20, 2004 5§
Collection 1 May 22, 2007 4 purchase
Collection 2 October 16, 2007 3 purchase
Collection 3 April 8, 2008 2 purchase
Big Blasts Collection December 2, 2008 2 purchase
Best of, Volume 1 April 2009 6§
Best of, Volume 2 April 2009 6§
Best of, Volume 3 April 2009 6§
Collection 4 May 5, 2009 2 purchase
Urban Legends February 23, 2010 1 purchase
Collection 5 April 6, 2010 2 purchase
Collection 6 September 21, 2010 2 purchase
Individual Episodes
Buried Alive April 20, 2004 1§
Chicken Gun April 20, 2004 1§
Lightning Strikes April 20, 2004 1§
Penny Drop April 20, 2004 1§
Stinky Car April 20, 2004 1§
Mega Movie Myths March 20, 2007 1 purchase

§ only available through Discovery Channel stores

External Sites