American Gladiators

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  • 2008
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.7  (1,689)

American Gladiators was a reboot of the popular 90s game show that was initially produced by Four Point Entertainment and distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Television. The new version of the show debuted in 2008 on NBC and was hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali. The show featured 12 male and female contenders who would compete against each other in physical challenges, such as the Joust, Eliminator, Pyramid, Hang Tough, and Power Ball.

Each challenge would take place in a Gladiator Arena, where the contenders faced off against the show's iconic Gladiators. These were athletic competitors who were given colorful names, such as Titan, Venom, Crush, Laser, Fury, and Wolf. The Gladiators were there to make life difficult for the contenders, as they tried to undermine their success and prevent them from scoring points or winning challenges.

Mike O'Hearn was one of the most popular Gladiators on the show. He was known for his impressive physique and his ability to dominate contenders in physical challenges. Matt Morgan was another Gladiator who had his own brand of intimidation, with his towering height and impressive strength. Jamie Kovac, Erin Toughill, and Gina Carano were the female Gladiators who could give even the most fit contenders a run for their money.

Tanoai Reed, Robin Coleman, William Romeo, Alex Castro, Beth Horn, and Valerie Waugaman were the other Gladiators who added their unique personalities to the show. Jesse Smith, Jr. and Hollywood Yates were also part of the show, as they competed against each other in the male contender bracket.

The challenges on American Gladiators were meant to test the physical stamina, strength, and agility of the contenders. The Joust was one of the most popular challenges, where the contenders and Gladiators would stand on platforms above a pool of water, waiting for a foam-padded pole to be placed between them. When the whistle blew, the two opponents would start to hit each other with the pole, trying to knock each other off the platform and into the pool.

The Pyramid was another challenge that required contenders to have quick reflexes and agility. The goal of the game was to climb a tall pyramid and avoid the Gladiators who were trying to pull them down. Power Ball was another challenge that tested the contenders' ability to be strategic and athletic at the same time. The goal of the game was to score points by throwing balls through hoops while avoiding the Gladiators.

The Eliminator was the final challenge of the show and was one of the most challenging. It required contenders to run, crawl, swim, and climb through a maze of obstacles before racing across a travelator to the finish line. The Gladiators would be at every turn, trying to slow the contenders down and make their journey more difficult.

American Gladiators was one of the most popular game shows of its time, attracting millions of viewers each week. The show was full of action-packed challenges and entertaining banter between the Gladiators and contenders. It was a great way to showcase the impressive athletic abilities of the contenders and the incredible strength and endurance of the Gladiators.

Overall, American Gladiators was an intense and thrilling game show that kept audiences on the edge of their seats. It was a show about pure athleticism, brute force, and tactical strategy that showcased some of America's strongest and most competitive athletes. It was a true classic of its time and will always be remembered as an iconic game show that brought excitement and thrill to millions of viewers around the world.

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Season 2 Grand Finale
13. Season 2 Grand Finale
August 7, 2008
The final four enter the arena for the final showdown ... but only one man and one woman can win the ultimate Gladiator prize!
Episode 120/121
12. Episode 120/121
August 4, 2008
The final two men and women contestants will battle it out for the winner of season 2.
Episode 119
11. Episode 119
July 28, 2008
Ally Davidson from Dallas, Texas will challenge Vanessa Warren from Colorado Springs, Colorado in the female semi-final competition. The men's semi-final round finds Alexander Coates from Baltimore, Maryland vs.Tim Oliphant from Branson, Missouri.
Episode 118
10. Episode 118
July 21, 2008
Returning contestants compete in the semifinals. Ally Davidson from Dallas, Texas will challenge Vanessa Warren from Colorado Springs, Colorado, a mother of three in the female competition. The men's round finds Iraq War veteran Alexander Coates of Baltimore, Maryland, taking on Tim Oliphant from Branson, Missouri.
Episode 117
9. Episode 117
July 14, 2008
The semifinals will be determined after a detective from New York City challenges an ex-marine in the men's competition. The ladies side finds a student in a duel against a figure skater.
Episode 116
8. Episode 116
July 7, 2008
It's a battle between youth and wisdom as a 20 year old college student challenges a 52 year old investment manager in the female competition. The men's battle finds a dolphin trainer taking on a media director.
Episode 115
7. Episode 115
June 30, 2008
This round features four contestants who have had a successful weight loss. The men's round includes a teacher, James Ruggiero from Yucca Valley, California (dropped 65 pounds) takes on a waiter, Sean Hetherington from West Hollywood, California (lost over 100 pounds). The women's tilt features a cheerleading coach Jessie Garcia from Bronx, New York versus a mother of four Patricia Franklin from Leesburg, Virginia, who have both lost over 60 pounds.
Episode 114
6. Episode 114
June 23, 2008
A special episode featuring two married couples, the ladies competition finds sales rep Ally Davidson from Dallas, Texas and social worker Kendra Sirignano from Tempe, Arizona challenging each other, while their spouces financial advisor Jeff Davidson, Ally's husband battles Kendra's spouse wrestling coach Aaron Simpson in the men's competition.
Episode 113
5. Episode 113
June 16, 2008
Four more contenders compete to get a place in the semi-final board.
Episode 112
4. Episode 112
June 9, 2008
The males matchup features a school teacher and a survivor from Columbine. The ladies features a military vet and crime reporter. A special appearance is made by actor/bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.
Episode 111
3. Episode 111
May 26, 2008
A tree climber challenges a SWAT officer in the male match-up, while the females find a business consultant facing a distaff adventurer.
Episode 110
2. Episode 110
May 19, 2008
A pair of Chicago police officers battle it out against the gladiators, as does a couple of female officers from Denver.
Episode 109
1. Episode 109
May 12, 2008
The women's side finds single mom and black belt Melissa Trinidad vs. firefighter and Chernobyl survivor Elena Maskalik, while the men's event pits grocery store owner Toby Gordin goes head to head with carpenter Randee Haynes. The second hour kicks off with Para-Olympian John Sciliano battles with teacher Gerry Garcia, and the female side finds Air Force Major Vanessa Warren takes on feisty bartender Nikki Key.
  • Premiere Date
    January 6, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (1,689)