Fear Factor (Original)

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  • TV-PG
  • 2001
  • 9 Seasons
  • 5.7  (7,277)

Fear Factor was an adrenaline-pumping reality show that premiered on NBC in 2001, hosted by Joe Rogan. The show's premise was simple: contestants were put through a series of extreme and often dangerous challenges designed to test their mental and physical capabilities, all in the name of winning a cash prize of $50,000. Each episode featured three teams of two contestants each, all of whom were willing to push themselves to their limits and beyond in order to take home the prize.

The challenges on Fear Factor were designed to be intense, and often involved heights, water, or creepy crawlies. Contestants were pushed to confront their greatest fears head-on, with challenges like being strapped into a harness and suspended above a pool filled with snakes, being buried alive in a coffin full of bugs, or being strapped to the front of a semi-truck and driven at high speeds. Each challenge was designed to test a different aspect of the contestants' physical or mental capabilities, whether it was their balance, strength, endurance, or courage.

One of the key factors that made Fear Factor so popular was the sense of danger and unpredictability that came with each challenge. There was always a chance that something could go wrong, whether it was a contestant struggling to hold onto a rope and plummeting into the water below, or a bug crawling somewhere unexpected and causing someone to panic. Contestants were always pushing themselves to their limits, and the stakes were high - both in terms of the money on the line and the danger of the challenges themselves.

Beyond the challenges themselves, Fear Factor was also known for its high-energy hosting by Joe Rogan, who was well-known at the time for his work as a comedian and color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Rogan brought a level of intensity and enthusiasm to the show, egging on the contestants and pushing them to do their best even in the most terrifying of situations. He also provided a sort of comfort to viewers at home, serving as a voice of reason and explanation throughout each episode - even if the explanations were sometimes equally terrifying.

Over the years, Fear Factor evolved to include more and more extreme challenges, pushing the boundaries of what was considered safe or reasonable for a reality show. However, the show's core concept remained the same: ordinary people pushing themselves beyond their limits to achieve something extraordinary. The challenges were often not for the faint of heart, but for the viewers at home, watching the contestants tackle them was a thrilling and exciting experience.

Fear Factor ran for six seasons on NBC, from 2001 to 2006, before being cancelled due to declining ratings. However, the show was brought back for a seventh season in 2011, hosted by new host Joe Rogan and featuring new contestants but the same heart-pumping challenges. Despite some controversy over the show's content and safety, Fear Factor remained a beloved and iconic reality show for many viewers, showcasing what people were capable of when they put their minds to it.

Fear Factor (Original) is a series that is currently running and has 9 seasons (196 episodes). The series first aired on June 11, 2001.

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Music Star Showdown
20. Music Star Showdown
August 14, 2018
Celebrity musicians, featuring Cal and Rez from TimeFlies, Bea Miller, and Drake Bell compete to overcome their fears. These musicians must tame giant ostriches, get buried alive in cement, and launch an ATV off a cliff.
The Shoredown
19. The Shoredown
August 21, 2018
Pauly D, Ronnie, Snooki, and Deena take on Floribama Shore celebs, Nilsa, Jeremiah, Kirk and Amy. These reality stars must conquer a Fear Factor inspired game of Spin the Bottle, hold their breaths as they're buried in sand, and repel from a helicopter.
Battle of the Bands
18. Battle of the Bands
August 7, 2018
Musicians from the chart topping band, Misterwives compete to overcome their fears. They must save their phones from a wood chipper, and drive a go-kart being pulled by a helicopter.
Breaking the Internet
17. Breaking the Internet
August 7, 2018
Internet Sensations Tyler Oakley, Titi & LaLa, and JC Caylen, compete to overcome their fears. These celebs must free themselves from a watery tank of snakes, overcome a zombie apocalypse, and scale a crane dangling high over a cliff.
For the Love of Fear
16. For the Love of Fear
July 31, 2018
Celebrities from the hit shows, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette compete to overcome their fears. These celebs must transfer critters in their 'boxers', overcome the fear of hot wax, and crash a speeding car.
Reality TV Royal Rumble
15. Reality TV Royal Rumble
July 31, 2018
Celebrities from Big Brother and Survivor compete to overcome their fears. These celebs must conquer a vernom-infested, claustrophobic tunnel; avoid drowning while being dunked upside down; and escape from an exploding truck on a helicopter.
Thrill Seeker Throwdown
14. Thrill Seeker Throwdown
July 24, 2018
The Dolan Twins take on MTV Jackass stars, Bam Margera and Chris Pontius. Joined by musician, Jake Miller, these thrill seekers must face off against snakes, conquer the Fear Factor juice craze, and survive drowning while being dunked upside down.
Fear Factor MTV Star Battle
13. Fear Factor MTV Star Battle
July 24, 2018
Terrence J, Romeo Miller and celebs from The Challenge compete to overcome their fears. These celebs must navigate through a tank of shark bait, dodge giant balls of fire, and unchain themselves while dangling upside down high above a tank of water.
Hip Hop Battle
11. Hip Hop Battle
July 17, 2018
Tyga and Lil' Yachty compete to overcome their fears. Joined by Kodi Shane and Chanel WC, these hip hop stars must control some crazy creatures, escape from a hypothermia inducing ice shower, and hang on to giant orbs suspended from a helicopter.
Party from Hell
10. Party from Hell
March 28, 2018
Ludacris is inviting four teams of party lovers to a Party from Hell.
Hell Week
9. Hell Week
March 28, 2018
Ludacris pits four teams of college rivals against each other to compete for a chance to win $50,000.
Hell and High Water
8. Hell and High Water
March 21, 2018
Ludacris challenges four teams compete in fear-filled challenges to win $50,000, come hell or high water.
Exes From Hell
7. Exes From Hell
March 20, 2018
Ludacris surprises four contestants when he tells them they are competing with their ex's.
Blind Date from Hell
6. Blind Date from Hell
March 14, 2018
Ludacris surprises four teams of singles with a blind date from hell.
Summer Vacation from Hell
5. Summer Vacation from Hell
March 14, 2018
Ludacris is sending four teams of students on a summer vacation from hell.
Hot as Hell
4. Hot as Hell
March 13, 2018
Ludacris is challenging four teams of twins compete in fire-filled challenges for a chance to win $50,000.
Family Road Trip from Hell
3. Family Road Trip from Hell
March 10, 2018
Ludacris is taking four teams of parents and their kids on a Road Trip From Hell.
2. Tech-Hell
March 4, 2018
Ludacris challenges four teams of tech lovers to conquer their worst tech hell for a chance to win $50,000.
Get the Hell Out
1. Get the Hell Out
February 25, 2018
Ludacris is challenging four teams of best friends to conquer their worst hell out for a chance to win $50,000.
Where to Watch Fear Factor (Original)
Fear Factor (Original) is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fear Factor (Original) on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    June 11, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    5.7  (7,277)