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The Challenge

The Challenge

MTV 1998

Each Challenge pits numerous cast members from past seasons of reality shows against each other, dividing them into two separate teams according to different criteria, such as gender, which show they first appeared on, whether or not they're veterans or rookies on the show, etc. The two teams compete in numerous missions in order to win prizes and advance in the overall game.

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Challenge

The Challenge - S34E4

#1 - Benedict Laurel


Season 34 - Episode 4

The Relic Runner challenge forces the members of Team U.S. to reassess their allies, Bear juggles multiple romances, and the elimination leaves everyone in shock.

The episode was rated from 51 votes.

The Challenge - S35E7

#2 - Should I Stay Or Should I Go


Season 35 - Episode 7

Tori believes that she is ready to earn her red skull. Nany's budding crush on one player causes tension in her friendship with Aneesa. Two players face off in the Dust-to-Dust elimination.

The episode was rated from 54 votes.

The Challenge - S32E19

#3 - The Walking Dead


Season 32 - Episode 19

Alliances are dissolved as every team fights to earn their way into the Finals. Paulie and Cara Mariaโ€™s season-long flirtation turns into something more. TJ reveals a shocking twist regarding the Final Challenge.

The episode was rated from 52 votes.

The Challenge - S32E14

#4 - Lavender Is the New Black


Season 32 - Episode 14

After the results of the last wild elimination, the Lavender Ladies' loyalty toward one another is put to the test; Sylvia head-butts Marie...really.

The episode was rated from 56 votes.

The Challenge - S36E17

#5 - True Lies


Season 36 - Episode 17

An "introverted" player makes a big, public announcement about their future as the finals draw near. TJ shows up at headquarters with a shocking request. Two players battle it out in the final elimination of the season.

The episode was rated from 34 votes.

The Challenge - S35E3
#6 - A Hard Jay's Night
Season 35 - Episode 3

The Challengers blow up trucks during the Decode and Detonate challenge; Jay finds himself in the middle of a dangerous love triangle that could result in his demise; Wes and Bananas' alliance faces its first true test.

The episode was rated from 46 votes.
The Challenge - S35E15
#7 - Crash Into Me
Season 35 - Episode 15

One player engages in sloppy political maneuvering, while another takes a shocking gamble to save a friend. Competitors must fight for survival in the elimination game "Hall Brawl".

The episode was rated from 50 votes.
The Challenge - S21E6
#8 - Blow Up
Season 21 - Episode 6

Evan considers throwing a challenge as part of the guys' plan to get rid of CT. Meanwhile, CT finds himself in the middle of a love triangle with Mandi and Laurel.

The episode was rated from 20 votes.
The Challenge - S36E4
#9 - Duplicity
Season 36 - Episode 4

Fessy's lies about the secret vote cause concern within his alliance. Agents battle each other on top of a speeding truck in a Mission: Road Kill challenge. An emotional agent pushes two other players past their breaking point.

The episode was rated from 47 votes.
The Challenge - S22E10
#10 - I Will Always Love You
Season 22 - Episode 10

In Iceland, the Top 3 teams embark on a rigorous, long-distance race for the $300,000 grand prize in the Season 22 finale.

The episode was rated from 12 votes.

Last updated: jan 16, 2022



Can we get Season 30 fixed? its still showing champs vs pros for season 30


this show is why i became a misandrist.


need to find a way to handle the spinoff shows not as part of the regular season numbering. champs vs pros was not season 30 and champs vs stars is not season 31


Why do I keep commenting on this show in particular? In the vast field of "reality TV" what is it about the time I've spent in The Challenge format that keeps me digging into the complicated array of growing frustrations? Why can't I just be done with them all? I know shows evolve and the landscape has dramatically shifted in what's trying to vie for people's attention. I know there are players I've been watching for the better portion of my life that I'm always going to feel a sense of loyalty and familiarity towards. I know I respect the athleticism and creativity of some of the challenges. The promo for the latest season War of the Worlds brings out the hard and fast obnoxious drunk child crashing into things and calling himself a legend...It's the direction The Challenge has been trending for years, but now it's like the day your little brother gets his first spray tan in January when you live in NW Indiana. That's the identity choice, and by playing along, I'm tacitly endorsing that, and I'm face to face with the fact that like all things, this too must die. Its rebirth a confusing mess of noises and shapes I don't recognize and which manifest as shame under a clenched jaw and sullied brow. Whenever I need to reminisce about what's been lost, I'm not going to selfishly pretend I don't have 30 or so seasons to comb through and my 30 year old fist will only shake with the kind of ironic vigor people my age like to co-opt from those who were actually teenagers in the 90s and could aspire to be on what Road Rules and The Real World used to represent. This petty and tacky game show will be added to my "watch at twice the speed" list with the same shame and unhealthy compulsion that entices me to finish things like Arrow. I saw an interview once where the creators of the show were discussing how they never come up in the same categories or for the same awards as Survivor despite how long they've been in the game. They were confused and mildly indignant. Really? You *sure* you don't understand why? You think you've not only kept, but built upon the brand that launched a thousand spin-offs? Or did you get intimidated by the landscape and succumb to your worst impulses for the cheap attention over investment? The heart is gone.


I've been watching this show for 20 years. For different reasons, it never seems to go down quite right anymore. The handful of Survivor seasons I've caught have whatever is missing from this. Survivor feels "fair." This feels like the reigns have been not-so-slowly passing towards an Andy Cohen production. There's "evolving with the times" and then I think there's "the tyranny of low expectations." "Reality" TV in that sense has been finding lower levels for the bar to sit for some time now, and the amped up gossip and children they cast from not-in-the-spirit adjacent shows of the producers speaks to it. I miss watching the old genuine competitors. I miss thinking there was a measure of real teamwork and strategy that could be employed. I miss recognition of individual effort and skill, social or otherwise. One of the most baller politic moves in this season gets obliterated by this joke of a "mercenary" system. The random "grenades" and weaker and weaker challenges from last season still leave a bad taste in my mouth. Champs get saddled to people who don't even bother to workout for the show and spin-off ridiculous personalities make the roster and act like they run the place. I guess I'm just sad. I think the spirit died a while ago, and now this is like a vestigial piece of my fleeting hope and youth I cling to for nostalgia pains.


I wish this show would find a way to make seasons consistent in any way that proved fair. You're watching this because you've known some of these people for about 20 years and there's interesting competitive challenges. Seeing the vets get fucked over and over and pretending this show needs to be as obnoxious as what reality tv has turned into makes me fall further away from it. That's what they may be after anyway I guess.

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