The WORST episodes of MythBusters

Every episode of MythBusters ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of MythBusters!

So exactly how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack, anyway? And can water dripping on your forehead really drive you nuts? Those are the kinds of questions, myths and urban legends that are put to the test in this humorous series to find out which ones hold water (and keep it from dripping on your forehead and driving you insane).

Last Updated: 6/4/2022Network: Science Channel
Christmas Special
302 votes

#1 - Christmas Special

Season 2004 - Episode 20 - Aired 12/22/2004

On this special episode, Jamie and Adam present the winners from our fall 2004 favorite-myths online poll. So, did you guys vote for Stinky Car? Or will Pop Rocks and Coke emerge triumphant? Also, the MythBusters try their hand at a few holiday myths: Will putting a silver spoon in a champagne bottle keep it fizzy? Does a snowman melt faster with its clothes on ... or off? Tune in and find out.

Fire Arrow vs. Gas Tank
129 votes

#2 - Fire Arrow vs. Gas Tank

Season 2018 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/3/2018

A flaming arrow is fired into a car's gas tank.

Hurricane Windows
644 votes

#3 - Hurricane Windows

Season 2009 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/4/2009

On this cold and blustery episode, Adam and Jamie bet the house on a highly contentious hurricane survival tale in "Hurricane Windows" open or closed? Meanwhile, Kari, Grant, and Tory tackle two frigid fables involving liquid nitrogen.

Myth Evolution!
292 votes

#4 - Myth Evolution!

Season 2007 - Episode 18 - Aired 9/5/2007

Can you beat the speed camera? Can a ninja deflect a bullet with their palm? Can a person breathe from a car tire underwater? Will an RFID chip explode in a MRI scanner?

MythBusters Revealed: The Behind the Scenes Season Opener
422 votes

#5 - MythBusters Revealed: The Behind the Scenes Season Opener

Season 2016 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/2/2016

In this special episode, Jamie and Adam reveal what's in store for their go-big-then-go-home final season, while also pulling back the curtain to showcase how this epic series got made with behind-the-scenes exclusives.

Earthquake Water Heater
139 votes

#6 - Earthquake Water Heater

Season 2017 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/29/2017

The MythBusters investigate if a water-heater can turn into a destructive torpedo, and reveal the explosive power of flatulence.

Chimney Cannon
144 votes

#7 - Chimney Cannon

Season 2017 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/22/2017

The MythBusters investigate if a burglar can be shot out of a chimney when the fireplace is lit. Then they power up a chainsaw to test if a bullet embedded in a tree will have fatal consequences.

Backseat Getaway Driver
98 votes

#8 - Backseat Getaway Driver

Season 2018 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/7/2018

The MythBusters test if a fugitive could actually outrun the law while driving from the back seat. And the answer to the question: Is it really possible to knock someone over with a feather?

Dangerous Driving
335 votes

#9 - Dangerous Driving

Season 2015 - Episode 10 - Aired 8/8/2015

Adam and Jamie test whether or not hands-free driving is a safe way to make a call while behind the wheel.

Biscuit Bazooka
656 votes

#10 - Biscuit Bazooka

Season 2003 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/23/2003

In this episode, Jamie and Adam take on a few legends involving dubious behavior. First, they contemplate the one about an obese woman on a trans-Atlantic flight whose derriere is suctioned into the plane's toilet after flushing, forcing the plane to land before she can be removed. Will the bottom fall out of this myth? How about the one involving a friend of a friend who thought she was shot while sitting in her car in a supermarket parking lot on a very hot day? The story goes that when the paramedics arrived, they found her head splattered with a mass of raw biscuit dough. And then there's the leaping lawyer. Some guy (apparently a lawyer), kept bouncing off a plate-glass window on the 24th floor of a high-rise building. After one too many impacts, the window shattered and the guy fell 24 floors to the ground, where he promptly died. Another day, another deadly myth.

Trail Blazers
459 votes

#11 - Trail Blazers

Season 2007 - Episode 19 - Aired 10/31/2007

Can you light a trail of gas from the leaking tank of a moving vehicle and have the vehicle explode? Can you outrun a trail of burning gunpowder before it reaches a barrel of gunpowder? Can you be burned by a defibrillator if you are wearing an underwire bra or have a nipple ring?

Invisible Assassins
120 votes

#12 - Invisible Assassins

Season 2017 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/13/2017

The MythBusters take on Hollywood's greatest invisible assassins with a trio of tall tales of ingenious booby traps.

Rock 'n' Roll Road Rage
116 votes

#13 - Rock 'n' Roll Road Rage

Season 2017 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/6/2017

The MythBusters investigate if a leaping carp could land a killer blow to a water skier. Then they turn up the volume and test if listening to aggressive music leads to more aggressive driving.

Paper Crossbow
642 votes

#14 - Paper Crossbow

Season 2006 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/11/2006

Adam and Jamie unleash a deadly myth from a supermax prison, attempting to make a deadly weapon out of newspaper and underwear. Grant, Kari and Tory unscrew the cap on some more vodka myths, such as removing cigarette smell from clothing.

Dead Body Double
73 votes

#15 - Dead Body Double

Season 2017 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/20/2017

The MythBusters are tackling two ballistic mysteries. Is a dead body bullet proof? Plus, is a non-Newtonian fluid bomb proof?!

The Reddit Special
439 votes

#16 - The Reddit Special

Season 2016 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/27/2016

Adam and Jamie put MythBusters in the hands of redditors, choosing from several thousand of their suggestions. In Farting on FLIR Jamie and Adam address the reddit community's request to know if a viral video purporting to show a flatus show up on an infrared camera is real or fake. Then in Ball Fall, Buster helps test whether a person would survive a 1,000-foot drop inside an inflatable ball. Paper Bag Punch sees Adam explore how easy it really is to punch your way out of a aper bag. And finally the most popular request was a gratuitous spectacular explosion. So in Snoo Boom the MythBusters oblige by blowing up reddit's mascot.

Unfinished Business
379 votes

#17 - Unfinished Business

Season 2015 - Episode 12 - Aired 8/22/2015

Adam and Jamie tackle fan favorites; video games; grenades; spy cars; super-fast firearms.

Buster Special
415 votes

#18 - Buster Special

Season 2005 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/2/2005

Buster is the Mythbuster's dummy. Buster is remembered in this hour long special depicting his brave outing testing multiple myths for the guys, as well as an inside, and in depth, look into the creation of our fallen hero's replacement. The team also builds a new Buster because the old one was so trashed up from recent experiences.

Spike in the Road
113 votes

#19 - Spike in the Road

Season 2018 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/24/2018

The MythBusters test ways to beat police road spikes using DIY ingenuity and Hollywood driving skills; investigating if a high-powered fountain can actually lift and suspend a human.

Confederate Steam Gun
343 votes

#20 - Confederate Steam Gun

Season 2007 - Episode 24 - Aired 12/5/2007

Jamie and Adam take on a mythical confederate weapon: a steam-powered machine gun rumored to fire 400 rounds a minute at a 300-yard range. Meanwhile, Kari, Grant, and Tory put their lying skills on the line to test mythical ways to beat a lie detector.

Chicken Gun
511 votes

#21 - Chicken Gun

Season 2004 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/18/2004

Can a cooked and raw chicken flying toward an airplane interfere with its flight or will the jet engine just blow it away? The team makes a huge pressurized cannon and shoots a chicken at a jet's windshield. Did a woman give birth to an octopus after swallowing an octopus egg? Can your washing machine kill you?

Exploding House
517 votes

#22 - Exploding House

Season 2004 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/16/2004

Just how hard is it to find a needle in a haystack? Can you really blow up a house through misusing a bug bomb? Does talking to your plants actually help?

San Francisco Drift
451 votes

#23 - San Francisco Drift

Season 2015 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/14/2015

Adam and Jamie test myths about daredevil auto drifting.

Airplane on a Conveyor Belt
620 votes

#24 - Airplane on a Conveyor Belt

Season 2008 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/30/2008

Can cockroaches survive a nuclear war? It has long been claimed, but Adam and Jamie decide to finally see whether or not this common claim is true. Later, they see whether or not an airplane could get the speed to take off by rolling on a conveyor belt. Finally, they test whether or not cans of shaving cream can explode if a common prank goes awry.

Volunteer Special
405 votes

#25 - Volunteer Special

Season 2016 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/6/2016

In their 14 years, the MythBusters have used more than 3,500 human guinea pigs, and in this special, they pay homage to each! First, Jamie and Adam summon up an army of 200 zombies to determine the ultimate weapon when the apocalypse comes. Then, using 120 shopping volunteers, the MythBusters find out the best way to wait in line at the store: Is it the "pick a lane" method or the more modern serpentine?

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