The BEST Episodes of Science of Stupid
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2021
Network: National Geographic
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.
#1 - Soccer Balls and Mousetraps
Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Aug 28, 2015
#2 - Tennis Racket and Chair Dances
Season 2 - Episode 26 - Aired Aug 28, 2015
#3 - Wall Running Face Plants
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired May 11, 2015
#4 - Surfing on Sand and Walking in Heels
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Jul 17, 2015
#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.
#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.
#7 - Bungee Cord Snaps
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired May 7, 2014
A look at juggling, flying a kite and bungee jumping.
#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.
#9 - High Jumps and Shallow Water
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Aug 7, 2015
#10 - Ping Pong and Leg Waxing
Season 2 - Episode 34 - Aired Sep 4, 2015
#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.
#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.
#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.
#14 - Half-Pipe Wipeouts
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired May 4, 2015
#15 - Roof Jumping: To Infinity and Below
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired May 18, 2015
#16 - Flip Flops and Power Purges
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired May 18, 2015
#17 - Bottle Rockets and Aerial Kicks
Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 14, 2015
#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.
#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.
#20 - Segways and Water Skis
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jul 24, 2015
#21 - Discus for Dummies
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 16, 2014
Science experts reveal exactly how and why adventure can turn into misadventure.
#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.
#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.
#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.