The BEST Episodes of Science of Stupid

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 26, 2021

This show combines cold hard science with some of the craziest, most spectacular and painful user generated clips ever recorded. Richard Hammond introduces all manner of mishaps featuring brave, if misguided individuals from around the world and then explains the science behind their failure and humiliation with the use of bespoke animations and super slo-mo cinematography. Every episode features between 50 and 60 clips of misadventure – ordinary folk making extraordinary mistakes. Each week watch stunts involving weightlifting, shooting guns or jumping over cars, that have gone wrong, paused, re-wound, and re-played and analysed to determine exactly what went wrong and why. Richard explains the physics, chemistry and biology at play, then presents forensic details to explain the stupidity that resulted in failure. He’ll look at everything including weight, volume, momentum, combustion and even how the brain operates. This is misadventure explained. This is the Science of Stupid.

Soccer Balls and Mousetraps

#1 - Soccer Balls and Mousetraps

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Aug 28, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
Tennis Racket and Chair Dances

#2 - Tennis Racket and Chair Dances

Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Aug 28, 2015

star 10.00
1 votes
Wall Running Face Plants

#3 - Wall Running Face Plants

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 11, 2015

star 9.25
4 votes
Surfing on Sand and Walking in Heels

#4 - Surfing on Sand and Walking in Heels

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 17, 2015

star 9.25
4 votes
Jet Pack Failure

#5 - Jet Pack Failure

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired May 14, 2014

Richard Hammond explores the potential to embarrass, injure and humiliate yourself when abseiling, running up walls or flying with a jet pack.

star 9.22
50 votes
Pole Vaulting Mishaps

#6 - Pole Vaulting Mishaps

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired May 14, 2014

Richard Hammond explores the potential to embarrass, injure and humiliate yourself when pole vaulting or just rolling down a hill in a trash can.

star 9.19
52 votes
Bungee Cord Snaps

#7 - Bungee Cord Snaps

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 7, 2014

A look at juggling, flying a kite and bungee jumping.

star 9.19
54 votes
Rooftop Drops

#8 - Rooftop Drops

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Apr 30, 2014

Clips featured include embarrassing tubing, taking a ride on a rodeo bull and hanging upside down.

star 9.05
63 votes
High Jumps and Shallow Water

#9 - High Jumps and Shallow Water

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 7, 2015

star 9.00
3 votes
Ping Pong and Leg Waxing

#10 - Ping Pong and Leg Waxing

Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired Sep 4, 2015

star 9.00
1 votes
Human Tower Disasters

#11 - Human Tower Disasters

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Apr 30, 2014

Richard Hammond presents clips of people stilt walking, firing a sling slot and playing golf.

star 8.96
56 votes
Learning to Fly

#12 - Learning to Fly

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Apr 30, 2014

Richard Hammond explores the humiliating and painful potential of karate kicks, urban-biking bunny hops and snowboarding on water.

star 8.92
59 votes
Poolside Fails

#13 - Poolside Fails

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired May 7, 2014

Richard Hammond explores the potential to embarrass, injure and humiliate yourself when riding a zip line or trying to swallow powdered cinnamon.

star 8.88
58 votes
Half-Pipe Wipeouts

#14 - Half-Pipe Wipeouts

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 2015

star 8.80
5 votes
Roof Jumping: To Infinity and Below

#15 - Roof Jumping: To Infinity and Below

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2015

star 8.60
5 votes
Flip Flops and Power Purges

#16 - Flip Flops and Power Purges

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 18, 2015

star 8.50
6 votes
Bottle Rockets and Aerial Kicks

#17 - Bottle Rockets and Aerial Kicks

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 14, 2015

star 8.50
2 votes
Episode 2

#18 - Episode 2

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2017

In this episode, we learn how many ways there are to injure and humiliate yourself dipping your dance partner, jumping in the snow and bottle flipping.

star 8.50
2 votes
Dancing Disasters

#19 - Dancing Disasters

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 16, 2014

Learn just how many ways there are to embarrass, injure and humiliate yourself when pole dancing, using a pogo stick and cutting down a tree.

star 8.37
99 votes
Segways and Water Skis

#20 - Segways and Water Skis

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 24, 2015

star 8.33
3 votes
Discus for Dummies

#21 - Discus for Dummies

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 16, 2014

Science experts reveal exactly how and why adventure can turn into misadventure.

star 8.21
98 votes
Ring of Fire

#22 - Ring of Fire

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 9, 2014

Learn just how many ways there are to injure and humiliate yourself while riding a unicycle, running on a treadmill – or jumping off a roof.

star 8.21
114 votes
Zip Line Fails

#23 - Zip Line Fails

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 23, 2014

Richard Hammond explores the humiliating and painful potential of scooter stunts, break dancing and swinging on ropes.

star 8.12
33 votes
Wheelies Gone Wrong

#24 - Wheelies Gone Wrong

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Apr 13, 2015

In this episode, Richard Hammond explores the humiliating and painful potential of scooter stunts, break dancing and swinging on ropes.

star 8.00
3 votes
High Lines and Back Flips

#25 - High Lines and Back Flips

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jul 24, 2015

star 8.00
2 votes