‘Mythbusters’ airs final episode; president of the United States thanks them for their service

Photo by Don Feria via AP Images for Discovery Communications

Photo by Don Feria via AP Images for Discovery Communications

Discovery Channel classic “MythBusters” ends its 14-year run tonight.

Entertainment Weekly posted a video of President Barack Obama congratulating and thanking the MythBusters for their 248 episodes on television.

“They never let me blow anything up, but I’m still going to miss them,” Obama says in the video.

Obama went on to say he was grateful they took the time to prove that America did land on the moon, debunking the conspiracy theory that it was all done in a television studio. (But even though that episode aired in 2008, 7 percent of respondents in a 2013 Public Policy Polling survey still believed the moon landing was a hoax.)

The president also thanked the MythBusters for encouraging young people to ask questions and solve them with math, science and engineering.

Adam Savage tweeted the video yesterday, saying he gets “misty watching it.”

He also tweeted a photo of a red car in a desert, teasing to tonight’s finale.

The show started with humble beginnings in 2003, and eventually expanded and evolved. All five hosts of the show (Savage, Jamie Hyneman, Kari Byron, Tory Belleci and Grant Imahara) will reunite for the last episode tonight.

Forbes compared “MythBusters” to Bob Ross’s “The Joy of Painting,” because both solve problems for their audiences in “great detail and with such low stakes.” The article also said the end of the show was the end of a television era:

We’re witnessing the end of minutia. We’re witnessing the end of low-stakes. Unless the series is tackling the lives of crab fisherman on Mars, there seems little chance it will ever make it to air going forward.

The finale airs tonight at 7 p.m. on Discovery Channel. Watch the trailer for the last episode ever of “MythBusters” below:


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