Tough As Nails

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  • 2010
  • 5 Seasons
  • 6.4  (29)

Tough As Nails is an American reality competition television series that premiered on CBS in 2020. The show features contestants from demanding occupations including farmers, firefighters, linemen, lumberjacks, builders, and military veterans who compete in challenges related to job skills required in their professions.

The series is hosted by Phil Keoghan, who also created and executive produces the show through his production company. Keoghan was inspired by his grandfather and father who both worked as laborers. He set out to create a competition showcasing the grit, determination and dedication of everyday working class Americans who help build and defend the country.

In the team and individual competitions, contestants aren't just tested on strength, endurance and life skills - they’re also judged on their mental toughness in real-world job challenges. Challenges in past seasons have included breaking concrete with a sledgehammer, layingbricks, building stairs, transporting blocks of ice, and assembling scaffolding several stories high. Contestants are exposed to environments relating to their occupations, from extreme heat to working high above the ground.

The series emphasizes celebrating contestants’ skills, work ethic and perseverance rather than focusing solely on their occupational prestige or pay scale. Many of the competitors take great pride in their unsung roles as the foundation of America’s infrastructure and economy. Their passion shines through as they root each other on and form bonds through shared experiences.

In each episode, the losing player is sent home while the remaining competitors advance to the next challenge. Those who make it to the season finale have a chance to win a grand cash prize along with bragging rights naming them the Toughest of the Tough.

While most reality competition shows feature primarily younger participants, Tough As Nails spotlights an older demographic of everyday heroes in their 30s through 60s. Viewers gain insight into professions they may know little about while being inspired by the determination displayed by men and women who may remind them of their parents or grandparents.

Tough As Nails provides a unique perspective honoring American workers who don’t often receive public recognition or glory for jobs well done. By showcasing real people in real working environments, the show gives audiences a glimpse into demands and difficulties those in laborious jobs face daily to keep our society functioning. The series has struck a chord by highlighting incredible people who embody perseverance, mental toughness, teamwork and an unmatched work ethic.

Tough As Nails is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (53 episodes). The series first aired on March 18, 2010.

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Seasons
Ready for Take Off
10. Ready for Take Off
July 30, 2023
The final three compete in the most challenging gauntlet yet for the title of TOUGH AS NAILS champion and the coveted winner's belt.
Winning's Not Everything, But Losing Sucks
9. Winning's Not Everything, But Losing Sucks
July 28, 2023
Dirty Hands and Savage Crew compete in the final team competition when they battle it out in a series of head-to-head matches inspired by the trades.
You Can't Always Be the Hammer
8. You Can't Always Be the Hammer
July 23, 2023
Crew members compete in a series of challenges that give back to the local community.
Boom or Bust
7. Boom or Bust
July 21, 2023
The crews take a trip to the quarry where the contestants face the most explosive individual challenge ever when they must install 20 detonators.
Just Trying to Be Me
6. Just Trying to Be Me
July 16, 2023
Dirty Hands and Savage Crew race to locate and purchase a long list of heavy, bulky items from a large home improvement store during the team competition. Meanwhile, one crew member faces an extremely difficult decision.
How Do You Like Them Apples?
5. How Do You Like Them Apples?
July 14, 2023
Season three winner Lia Mort returns to guide the crews through a series of challenges at a local apple orchard. In the team competition, Dirty Hands and Savage crew race to gather as many bushels of apples as quickly as possible.
Man Made It, These Hands Can Fix It
4. Man Made It, These Hands Can Fix It
July 9, 2023
In the team challenge, Dirty Hands and Savage Crew are tasked with completing a muddy motocross track to the exact standards of professional riders.
Zink About It
3. Zink About It
July 7, 2023
In the individual challenge crew members are under "a ton" of pressure when tasked with designing and welding a structure that can withstand the crushing force of 1 ton of weight.
First Dance
2. First Dance
July 2, 2023
Meet the 12 new crew members ready to test their strength, endurance, life skills and mental toughness on the new season of TOUGH AS NAILS. In the first individual challenge of the season, competitors will cut, grind and torch 500 pounds of scrap metal. The first to finish the job earn the privilege of choosing their teammates for Dirty Hands and Savage Crew.
Tough Times Don't Last but Tough People Do
1. Tough Times Don't Last but Tough People Do
July 2, 2023
Meet the 12 new crew members ready to test their strength, endurance, life skills and mental toughness on the new season of TOUGH AS NAILS. In the first individual challenge of the season, competitors will cut, grind and torch 500 pounds of scrap metal. The first to finish the job earn the privilege of choosing their teammates for Dirty Hands and Savage Crew.
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Where to Watch Tough As Nails
Tough As Nails is available for streaming on the HGTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Tough As Nails on demand at Paramount+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 18, 2010
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (29)