February 28, 2005 12:00 PM

Discovery Channel (Wednesdays, 9 p.m. ET)

REALITY

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman have extensive experience in special effects and prop work for films and commercials. But forget the tech background; the cohosts are a natural comedy team. That’s why this show is a hoot, even if it’s a little like grown-ups playing in a sandbox.

Adam and Jamie and their crew put myths, legends and Hollywood hokum to the test. How hard is it to find a needle in a haystack? (It takes all day.) Can a gunshot “blow away” the victim? (No, despite what you see in the movies.) As science geeks and merry pranksters, Adam and Jamie stop at nothing to get answers. Any project that entails blowing things up or torturing Buster, their crash-test dummy, is especially worthwhile.

A classic example of the pair’s comic chemistry—Adam’s mischievous enthusiasm interacting with Jamie’s deadpan calm—comes in the Feb. 23 episode when they attempt to determine if a prisoner actually could have escaped from a Mexican jail cell by melting the bars with salsa.

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