I was watching a block of MythBusters on Science Channel today. I’ve seen a couple episodes with the new hosts, and I actually like them quite a bit. But one of the episodes they showed came from the last season with the original hosts, and it just reminded me how weirdly bad it was.
It’s not just that Kari, Grant and Tory were gone. Adam and Jamie are certainly capable of carrying the show. But for their final season, they made some strange changes that kind of killed the show. They switched from video to film, giving it the feel of a scripted show. Adding to that feeling were little scripted vignettes at the beginning of each episode. It was totally against the unpredictable nature of the show that made it so fun. They had long since stretched the definition of “myth” beyond meaning, but they had an episode in the last season dedicated to the “myth” that the U2 spy plane was the hardest plane to pilot ever invented. Their “test” was Adam going on a test flight then declaring it Plausible. That’s great, guys.
So what were some of your favorite shows that didn’t so much ride off into the sunset, as get dragged off kicking and screaming?