Mythbusters Cancelled After 14 Seasons
"In the spirit of science, there really is no such thing as a 'failed experiment.' Any test that yields valid data is a valid test."
Discovery Channel's longest-running show, Mythbusters
, will air its final season in 2016.
Since 2003, the seven-time Emmy-nominated show has had 248 episodes, 2,950 experiments, 1,050 myths, and 900 explosions, according to Discovery's announcement on Wednesday.
The show's stars, special effects artists Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, were able to bring comedy and pure fun to their experiments. They blended pop culture and science by testing everything from the Internet-meme-worthy Diet Coke and Mentos chemical reaction to Hollywood action sequences and exploding cement trucks.
According to Wednesday's announcement, Mythbusters'
library will be available on the Science Channel, Discovery Channel's sister network, starting next year. And from December 23rd to January 3rd, the Science Channel will air a "Holiday Mega Run" featuring every episode of the series.
Wednesday afternoon, after the news first broke in an exclusive interview on Entertainment Weekly
fans shared personal anecdotes on Twitter and reflected on how the show has impacted their lives. From many of the fans' messages that Adam Savage retweeted, it's clear that a lot of viewers were inspired by the show to pursue interests in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Since the Mythbusters
costars are also executive producers on the show and were part of the decision-making process, the two were able to plan ahead and give homage to the series for one last run. The final season will go out with a bang beginning Saturday, January 9th.