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18 March 2012
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3 May 2012
Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman
Adam Savage Jamie Hyneman Charles Haine
Adam Savage, Jamie Hyneman
MythBusters, Head Rush, Destroy Build Destroy, Penn & Teller Tell a Lie, Win - Lose or Draw
Unchained Reaction is a science and engineering reality game show that airs on the Discovery Channel. It is judged and executive-produced by Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, best known for hosting the science entertainment series MythBusters.
Premiered on March 18, 2012, the series pits two teams of various backgrounds against each other to build an elaborate chain reaction contraption (sometimes also referred to as a "Rube Goldberg" machine or device). Teams are provided with identical sets of tools and materials and are given five days to construct a series of mechanisms based on a pre-determined theme. Midway through each week, the teams are provided with a surprise "missing link" item that they must add to the middle of their machines. The winner is selected by Savage, Hyneman, and a guest judge.
Unchained reaction team aerospace
Discovery Channel announced Unchained Reaction, described by Savage as his "super secret project", on January 20, 2012. In the announcement, Savage said he and Hyneman wanted to create a show "that puts the process of problem solving and ingenuity front and center".
The series is produced by Discovery Studios, and Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun's BermanBraun. The first season consisted of six episodes.