‘Mythbusters’ Fans Are Still Up in Arms Years Later Over Show Ending

by Hannah Heser
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The cast of the hit Discovery series “Mythbusters” has moved on to other things. But fans are still sad about the ending. The final episode, “Duct Tape Finale,” left fans confused. The Discovery Channel made the decision to cancel its longest-running series because ratings were starting to become an issue. And they didn’t want to deal with it, so it was time to say goodbye.

A report from 2015 has a message from Adam Savage on why the show suddenly came to an end.

“Every show has its bell curve. We’re cognizant of our ratings. It’s not like they were terrible, but we could see them changing. Three or four years ago, we were starting to wonder if we’re going to be renewed. It’s not like we didn’t expect it. But it’s still amazing it happened. The thing that really makes me happy is that most cable shows like ours just end. They get by their freshness date, you finish a season and then you hear you’ll never see another one. I truly thought that’s the way Mythbusters would end. We get to pay homage to the thing that changed our lives,” Savage told cinemablend.com.

If Savage is happy with the show’s ending, why does it still bother the fans?

Why ‘Mythbusters’ Was Created in the First Place

The premiere of this science series was in 2003 on the Discovery Channel. It ran all the way until 2016 with an ending that fans were not expecting. And they’re still not over it today.

Throughout all of the show’s success, fans are asking multiple questions about why the show was canceled. If something is getting so much attention, why take it away and lose money?

Distractify reported what the show consisted of.

“Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage lead the series as special effects experts and scientists. They tackled popular questions regarding science, from whether or not yawns are really contagious, to how realistic certain explosions in movies are. There was something for everyone.”

But I guess 282 episodes happened to be enough for them.

Why the Show’s Ending Still Bothers Fans

All in all, the main reason the show had to end was that the number of views started to decrease. It was hard to follow through with this, but it had to be done.

By the time the last episode aired, Adam Savage spoke to CinemaBlend about the sudden ending.

“Part of the reason had to do with viewership numbers decreasing, but we also wanted to end it without being suddenly canceled with no sign of a warning,” Savage said. “This way, we were able to prepare for it.”

Even though the series ended in 2016, the Discovery Channel added two more seasons in 2017. Although, the new seasons had two new hosts, Jon Lung and Brian Louden.

Overall, “Mythbusters” is one of the greatest shows of all time and nothing will ever replace it.