MythBusters‘ last episode aired on Saturday night, to the dismay of millions of fans. However, as expected, Adam and Jamie went out with a bang. Although the duo always had an affinity for explosions, they saved the best for last. The grand finale included the explosion of a cement truck — which was loaded with more than 5,000 pounds of ANFO.
MythBusters, which was created by Peter Rees, premiered in January 2003 on the Discovery Channel. In the science-based reality series, Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, who are both special effects designers, tested common myths and urban legends to determine their validity.
After testing the myths through a series of scientific experiments, Hyneman and Savage determined whether they were probable, possible, or improbable. Myths determined to be impossible or untrue were labeled as “busted,” hence the name of the show.
In addition to Jamie Hyneman, Adam Savage, and narrator Robert Lee, MythBusters had three long-running co-hosts, who included Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara. However, Jamie Hyneman is the only participant to appear in all 277 episodes of the popular series.
Throughout 15 incredible seasons, MythBusters debunked and confirmed thousands of myths. However, according to The Robot’s Voice, some of the most memorable episodes involved seemingly improbable myths — which were actually determined to be plausible or true.
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage proved angry drivers actually do use more gas, nervousness can cause cold feet, elephants are indeed frightened of mice, and “cursing aloud” can increase pain intolerance.
The fans certainly appreciated the “myth busting” aspect of the series. However, the program was equally notorious for the explosions. Discovery reports the MythBusters team performed more than 2,900 experiments in 15 seasons. More than 900 of those experiments included an explosion.
Although it was the Discovery Channel’s longest running series, the network announced the cancellation of MythBusters in October 2015 — confirming rumors that the program’s fourteenth season would be its last.
In separate interviews with Entertainment Weekly, Hyneman and Savage both admitted they knew the end was near. Although they both have new projects in the works, they probably will not be working together.
During the interview, Jamie Hyneman confirmed rumors that he and Adam Savage simply do not get along.
“… we’ve known each other for 25 years and never once sat down to have dinner alone together. We sort of managed to tolerate each other. I think it’s probably safe to say that continuing our onscreen relationship in front of the camera is probably not happening… This has been a very rewarding and interesting decade, but it’s not really what I’m cut out for.”
Savage later provided some insight on what happened behind the scenes, and why he and Hyneman often butted heads.
“Jamie was never interested in the storytelling. This has been one of the primary sources of friction between us… I like putting on costumes and [making the process entertaining]. Jamie doesn’t give a s**t about the camera… “
Thankfully, Jamie and Adam put their differences aside for MythBusters‘ last episode and the subsequent reunion episode.
Although the grand finale included the explosion of a recreational vehicle and a special farewell to Buster the crash test dummy, the episode concluded with the series’ biggest explosion yet.
The TV Addict reports the hosts loaded a cement truck with 5,001 pounds of ANFO for an epic explosion. The series finale ended with several slow motion shots of the explosion and Adam’s confirmation that the blast “was magnificent.”
Directly following the airing of MythBusters’ final episode, Grant, Kari, and Tory joined Jamie and Adam for a reunion episode. During the bittersweet reunion, the hosts watched clips and shared their perceptions of some of the most memorable episodes.
For those who did not have a chance to watch MythBusters’ last episode on Saturday night, it will re-air on Sunday evening at 10:00 pm ET on the Discovery Science Channel. The reunion show will re-air at 9 p.m. ET.
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