At midnight tonight, as Christmas Eve begins, the Science Channel will start airing every single episode of Mythbusters. That will conclude next year, on Jan. 3. The cancelled series starts airing its final season on the Discovery Channel January.
Science’s press release says the Mythbusters Holiday Mega Marathon will include “248 episodes, 2950 experiments, 1050 myths, and 900 explosions”—though Wikipedia’s count goes to 257 episodes, not including special episodes.
They’ll start with the pilot episode, “Jet Assisted Chevy,” which tests the myth that eating Pop Rocks and drinking soda will make a stomach explode, and move through the episodes chronologically, all the way to this past September’s “Star Wars: The Myths Strike Back” episode. The network is also giving away props from the show during the marathon.
Science did this last year, too, but what’s interesting about this year is that the show will now start with the pilot featuring just Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, and work through cast members until it finds its core build team of Kari Byron, Grant Imahara, and Tory Belleci, and then go back down to just Adam and Jamie.
It will also work through its evolution from testing actual myths to recreating things from popular culture, stretching the definition of “myth” so far it snapped and flung three Mythbusters out of the show last year. (Oh no wait, I’m thinking of a cannonball that was shot through a house.) That evolution may continue for the final season, as this trailer seems like it’s now just going to be about smashing things and blowing things up.