7.5
368 votes
American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior

NBC 2009

The heart-racing obstacle-course competition of ultra-athletes questing for a shot at the fabled Mt. Midoriyama. This American version of the Japanese show Sasuke (aka Ninja Warrior) televises a series of qualification courses across the nation, with the top contenders going to Las Vegas for the finals on the 4-stage "Mt. Midoriyama" obstacle course.In earlier seasons the show was a proving ground to find (and train) American athletes to send to Japan to compete in the original Sasuke tournaments.

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The 10 Best Episodes of American Ninja Warrior

American Ninja Warrior - S5E15

#1 - Denver Finals (1) (Season 5 - Episode 15)

The top 30 competitors return to Denver to take on new obstacles The Floating Stairs and The Pole Grasper.

The episode was rated 9.09 from 11 votes.

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American Ninja Warrior - S4E10

#2 - Northwest Regional Qualifying Round (1) (Season 4 - Episode 10)

Top contenders from the Northwest face off against the Northwest qualifying course, featuring the Quad Steps, Log Grip, Spinning Log, Jump Hang, Pipe Slider, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include "the Godfather" David Campbell and the colorful Ryoga Vee, while type-1 diabetic Kyle Cochran and top female competitor Janine Cundy take on the course for the first time.

The episode was rated 8.92 from 12 votes.

American Ninja Warrior - S4E8

#3 - Northeast Regional Qualifying Round (2) (Season 4 - Episode 8)

The other batch of Northeast competitors face the Northeast qualifying course, which includes the Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bungee Bridge, Jump Hang, Jumping Bars, Wall Lift, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include freerunning champion Tim Shieff and Bay Area stuntman Luis Moco, while 5'5" Michael Needham and firefighter Mike Bernardo take on the course for the first time.

The episode was rated 8.90 from 10 votes.

American Ninja Warrior - S3E9

#4 - Part 9 of 10 (Season 3 - Episode 9)

The search is on for 10 Americans who will travel to Japan and show that they have the strength, stamina and the guts to make the ultimate ascent to total victory.

The episode was rated 8.85 from 13 votes.

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American Ninja Warrior - S4E11

#5 - Northwest Regional Qualifying Round (2) (Season 4 - Episode 11)

The other batch of Northwest competitors take on the qualifying course that features the Quad Steps, Log Grip, Spinning Log, Jump Hang, Pipe Slider, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include freerunner Brian Orosco and ice cream vendor James McGrath, while his brother Patrick McGrath and Alaskan native Gunner Bahn take on the course for the first time.

The episode was rated 8.82 from 11 votes.

American Ninja Warrior - S3E6

#6 - Part 6 of 10 (Season 3 - Episode 6)

The search is on for 10 Americans who will travel to Japan and show that they have the strength, stamina and the guts to make the ultimate ascent to total victory.

The episode was rated 8.81 from 16 votes.

American Ninja Warrior - S4E7

#7 - Northeast Regional Qualifying Round (1) (Season 4 - Episode 7)

Elite Northeast ninjas take on the qualifying course in Miami, FL. The obstacles are the Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bungee Bridge, Jump Hang, Jumping Bars, Wall Lift, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include top competitor Chris Wilczewski and Travis Graves, who has something to prove, while freerunning fisherman Jesse Villarreal and rapping Noel Reyes take on the course for the first time.

The episode was rated 8.80 from 10 votes.

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American Ninja Warrior - S5E13

#8 - Miami Finals (1) (Season 5 - Episode 13)

A return to Miami for the finals course includes new obstacles The Ledge Jump and Rolling Steel.

The episode was rated 8.80 from 10 votes.

American Ninja Warrior - S5E5

#9 - Miami Qualifying (1) (Season 5 - Episode 5)

Competitors in Miami face new obstacles in the Utility Pole Slider, Balance Bridge, Slider Jump, and Monkey Peg.

The episode was rated 8.77 from 13 votes.

American Ninja Warrior - S4E3

#10 - Southwest Regional Finals (Season 4 - Episode 3)

The top 30 competitors from the Southwest qualifying round take on the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles are the Salmon Ladder, Arm Rings, and Cargo Climb. Favorites include Brent Steffensen, Jesse La Flair, Michael "Frosti" Zernow, Dan Mast, Kole Stevens, Evan Dollard, and Derek Nakamoto.

The episode was rated 8.75 from 16 votes.

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American Ninja Warrior - S4E12
#11 - Northwest Regional Finals
8.75
Season 4 - Episode 12

The top 30 competitors from the Northwest qualifying round tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles are the Salmon Ladder, Arm Rings, and Cargo Climb (additionally, the Pipe Slider is replaced by the Devil Steps). Favorites include David Campbell, James McGrath, Patrick McGrath, Kyle Cochran, Gunner Bahn, and 51-year-old Tom Hutchman.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.
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American Ninja Warrior - S3E8
#12 - Part 8 of 10
8.73
Season 3 - Episode 8

The search is on for 10 Americans who will travel to Japan and show that they have the strength, stamina and the guts to make the ultimate ascent to total victory.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
American Ninja Warrior - S4E4
#13 - Midwest Regional Qualifying Round (1)
8.69
Season 4 - Episode 4

Top Midwest competitors take on the tough Midwest qualifying course in Dallas, TX. The obstacles include the Quad Steps, Log Grip, Bridge of Blades, Jump Hang, Curtain Slider, and Warped Wall. Veteran ninjas include the unemployed Stephen Volcko and favorite James Hardin, while pastor Johnathan Morin and the quick Zach Sokoloski take on the course for the first time.

The episode was rated from 13 votes.
American Ninja Warrior - S4E23
#14 - Las Vegas Finals (5)
8.67
Season 4 - Episode 23

Stage 1 of Mt. Midoriyama comes to a close. The 12 competitors are David "Flip" Rodriguez, David Campbell, Tim Shieff, Paul Kasemir, James McGrath, Andrew Karsen, Evan Dollard, Drew Drechsel, Jesse La Flair, Matthew Derouen, Brandon Douglass, and Luis Moco. The finishers advance to Stage 2.

The episode was rated from 15 votes.
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American Ninja Warrior - S7E16
#15 - Vegas Finals (3)
8.66
Season 7 - Episode 16

Those who completed Stage 1 now tackle Stage 2, and possibly Stages 3 & 4. Stage 2 features Rope Jungle, Double Salmon Ladder, Unstable Bridge, Butterfly Wall, Roulette Row, and Wall Lift. Stage 3 includes the Psycho Chainsaw, Doorknob Grasper, Floating Boards, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Pole Grasper, Hang Climb, Area 51, and Flying Bar. If anyone can reach Stage 4 and conquer it, they'll earn $1,000,000 and the title of "American Ninja Warrior."

The episode was rated from 80 votes.
American Ninja Warrior - S6E7
#16 - Dallas Finals
8.65
Season 6 - Episode 7

The top 30 competitors from the Dallas qualifying round tackle the finals course with a chance to move on to Las Vegas. The back obstacles feature the Salmon Ladder, Swinging Frames, Pole Grasper, and Spider Climb. Favorites include phenomenal female Kacy Catanzaro, along with Sam Sann, Dillon Gates, Tremayne Dortch, and walk-on Abel Gonzalez.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
American Ninja Warrior - S4E20
#17 - Las Vegas Finals (2)
8.64
Season 4 - Episode 20

Stage 1 of Mt. Midoriyama continues in Las Vegas, NV. Favorites include Jake Smith, Dan Mast, Ryan Thompson, Bob Pondrom, and Ben Snead. Those who finish move on to Stage 2.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
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American Ninja Warrior - S4E2
#18 - Southwest Qualifying Round (2)
8.63
Season 4 - Episode 2

The other batch of Southwest competitors tackle the qualifying course, which includes the Quad Steps, Log Grip, Spinning Log, Jump Hang, Devil Steps, and Warped Wall. Veteran Ninjas include top competitor Levi Meeuwenberg, "Twilight" stuntman Paul Darnell, and "Grandpa Ninja" Kelvin Antoine, while hotshot rookie Alex Duong and father-son duo Ron Shalvis, Sr. and Ronnie Shalvis, Jr. take on the course for the first time.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
American Ninja Warrior - S5E9
#19 - Venice Finals (1)
8.60
Season 5 - Episode 9

The Venice finals see the return of The Salmon Ladder, as well as new obstacles Rope Maze, the Cliffhanger, and Spider Climb.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
American Ninja Warrior - S4E24
#20 - Las Vegas Finals (6)
8.56
Season 4 - Episode 24

The National Finals come to a close on Mt. Midoriyama's final stages. Stage 2 includes the Slider Drop, Double Salmon Ladder, Unstable Bridge, Balance Tank, Metal Spin, and Wall Lift. Stage 3 features the Roulette Cylinder, Door Knob Grasper, Floating Boards, Ultimate Cliffhanger, Bungee Rope Climb, Hang Climb, Spider Flip, and Flying Bar. If anyone reaches Stage 4 and conquers it, they'll earn $500,000 and the title of "American Ninja Warrior."

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
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Last updated: dec 04, 2022

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I really liked this show until they apparently required that all athletes in some way or another brand BLM on their clothes, henna tattoos on their skin or something similar. At that point it just became a show about SJW’s and of no interest.

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