MythBusters Is Ending in 2016 After 2,950 Experiments

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from MythBusters
Discovery's long-running MythBusters, featuring hosts Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, is ending after next season. Maarten de Boer/Getty Images

Sorry, this isn’t a myth. MythBusters is ending after its 2016 season, Discovery Networks announced on Wednesday, Oct. 21. Hosted by special effects artists Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, the 14th and final season will kick off in January, and by the time the show wraps, MythBusters will have performed 2,950 experiments, tested 1,050 myths, and conducted 900 explosions over the span of 248 episodes and 13 years.

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“MythBusters is — and always will be – an incredibly important part of Discovery’s history,” Rich Ross, the group president of Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, and Science Channel said in a statement. “Adam and Jamie are enormous talents who have brought learning and science to the forefront of this network.”

“I never dreamed we would be on television at all, much less for such a long time and with so much praise for keeping a thought-provoking show on the air,” Hyneman said. “And best of all, we were able to do what we do and still have all our fingers and toes.” 

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The show kicked off in January 2003 and has earned six Emmy nominations so far during its run. Over the years, MythBusters has tackled everything from old wives’ tales to science tidbits offered on popular scripted programs. (Remember how Walter White dissolved a body in hydrofluoric acid on Breaking Bad? Yup, MythBusters tested that out — as well as other much-discussed scenes from the show.)

While many of the show’s experiments have garnered headlines, Discovery notes that the final season will include some grand trials inspired by viral videos, car stunts, and more.

“I’m glad for the chance to say goodbye with some of the best television we’ve ever made,” Savage said in a statement. “I will miss making this show.”

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