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5 Shows like Mythbusters: Exciting Education

Helen Maloney itcher‘Mythbusters’ is one of the most popular science-based shows on television but, if you like laughing and learning at the same time, I have more similar fun TV shows for you – go back in time with ‘Drive Thru History’ or explore all areas of general knowledge with ‘QI’. ~ Helen Maloney

It’s easy to see why ‘Mythbusters’ is one of the best shows around, as their ‘mythbusting’ is accompanied by quips, friendly banter, interesting facts and excellent explosions. If you want to vary your fact-finding diet, then these scintillating shows will give you hours of entertainment and make you the champion of trivia.


Shows Similar to ‘Mythbusters’…

‘Brainiac: Science Abuse’ (Sky One, 2003-2008)

‘Brainiac’ was an entertainment documentary whose focus was putting common conceptions and theories to the test, exploring all areas of science.

As the series go on, different features are added to the show, such as “Things the instruction manuals don’t warn you about”, so each series is new and interesting. Presented by Richard Hammond or Vic Reeves, the show attempts almost to be a British version of ‘Mythbusters’, with a similar blend of humour and science.

Similarity Match: 90%
Although it’s slightly sillier, the idea of testing misconceptions and proving whether they’re true or false is the same, and they share a love of blowing things up.

‘Drive Thru History’ (History International, 2005- )

David Stotts travels around the world to fill you in on the people, cultures and events that have had such a big impact on our history and our lives, including Rome, Egypt and the founding of America. Whether you know nothing or a lot already, you’re bound to learn something new in these in depth explorations.

Even though this is a group of mini-series on various topics, they are packed full of interesting information and fascinating facts. Similar to ‘Mythbusters’, the show is fun and easily accessible to all.

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Like ‘Mythbusters’ brings science alive, this series does the same with history, although with a slightly more religious focus.

‘How It’s Made’ (Z, 2001- )

‘How It’s Made’ explores how common, everyday things and larger, more industrial items have been produced, from CDs to engines and from beer to barstools.

This show reminds me a lot of the old children’s programme ‘Come Outside’ which I rediscovered recently with my son. It’s a lot more serious than ‘Mythbusters’ and has no real explosions but the premise is still about learning more about the world around us.

Similarity Match: 80%
As in ‘Mythbusters’, facts are given in an extremely informative way but the focus here is more on manufacturing processes rather than experiments.


If You Like ‘Mythbusters’, You Will Like…

These next two shows are all about the entertainment value, while still remaining factual and educational where they can.

‘Top Gear’ (BBC Knowledge, 2002- )

The majority of people know this show since its relaunch in 2002 with Hammond, May and Clarkson as hosts. Despite it being a show looking at cars and other motor vehicles, it can’t be denied that ‘Top Gear’ is highly entertaining and full of facts and silly banter.

Like ‘Mythbusters’, this is a series full of its hosts challenging themselves, building new vehicles and conducting experiments, and you’ll be pleased to know explosions occur here too!

‘QI’ (BBC Two HD, 2003- )

If you haven’t watched this show yet then I think you need to immediately go and correct this oversight! Absolutely hilarious, with an extensive range of guests and knowledge bursting out the seams, it’s definitely worth the watch.

Stephen Fry does the occasional interesting experiment, often with explosive or interesting results, and the byplay between him and Alan Davies fabulous. Seriously, go watch this show!

While it’s set up like a game show, the fact that it’s about correcting misconceptions about history and the world around us means it’s a great example of a show like ‘Mythbusters’.


We Mustn’t Forget…

If you like factual TV series like ‘Mythbusters’, then of course other documentaries like those by the BBC (‘Living Planet’, ‘Walking with Dinosaurs’, etc) are a must-see. If you like the construction aspect of ‘Mythbusters’ then shows like ‘Fast and Loud’ and ‘Scrapheap Challenge’ may be the ones to watch for you.

To Live Is to Learn

The great thing about all these shows is all the knowledge you can pick up from them, the fascinating things they tell you and the fun time you have while watching them.

If you have any other TV series similar to ‘Mythbusters’ that you think are worthy of a mention, then please let me know.

I’d also love to learn what interesting facts you discovered from these programmes.

Hi, I′m Helen, I teach English in the UK and am a book addict (I′m serious - if I go too long without reading I get withdrawal symptoms!). I also love music, films, crafting, corresponding and video games. It is impossible for me to sit still unless I′m eating, holding a book or making something.
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