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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 - S35E7

#1 - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

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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 #1 Best episode of The Challenge from 49 votes.

The Challenge - S34E4

#2 - Benedict Laurel

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Season 34 - Episode 4

Divisions on both teams come to light during the "Relic Runner" challenge; Laurel and Cara Maria's long-standing feud takes center stage; Bear and Georgia begin to flirt once again, leading Josh to question if he has a shot.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Challenge from 47 votes.

The Challenge - S32E14

#3 - Lavender Is the New Black

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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 #3 Best episode of The Challenge from 52 votes.

The Challenge - S8E6

#4 - Balls Out

8.33

Season 8 - Episode 6

Mission: ""Balls Out""- To peddle a stationary bike as fast as possible which blows a ping pong ball up a tube and keep it there while the opposite team throws water at you and the tube to knock the ball out. Mission Winner: Real World Aztec Lifesaver Winners: Real World: CT Road Rules: Veronica Final Inferno Contestants- Real World: Mike Road Rules: Jeremy Inferno Mission: ""Human Candlelabra""- To hold a candle up in each hand straight out to your side the longest. Sent Home- Jeremy from Road Rules South Pacific Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $30,000

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Challenge from 3 votes.

The Challenge - S8E7

#5 - Ultimate Saturn Road Trip

8.33

Season 8 - Episode 7

Mission: ""Ultimate Saturn Road Trip""- To traverse a net wall and unhook two bags then climb down, get the key out of the bag and drive a Saturn SUV through a curved course the fastest. Mission Winner: Road Rules Girl's Inferno Nominees- Real World: Coral + Mallory Road Rules: Christena + Katie Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Mallory Road Rules: Christena Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $40,000

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Challenge from 3 votes.

The Challenge - S8E12

#6 - Balcony Swing

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Season 8 - Episode 12

Mission: ""Balcony Swing""- To repell down a building while collecting flags the fastest. Mission Winner: Real World Aztec Lifesaver Winners- Real World: CT Road Rules: Veronica Final Inferno Contestants- Real World: Julie Road Rules: Katie Inferno Mission: ""Scratchathon- To outlast your opponent on a treadmill while covered in itching powder. Sent Home- Julie from Real World New Orleans Bank Totals- Real World: $40,000 Road Rules: $80,000

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Challenge from 3 votes.

The Challenge - S8E16

#7 - The Final Burn

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Season 8 - Episode 16

David and Katie take part in the final Inferno, which requires them to lie in a Plexiglass coffin filled with fish heads; and new disgusting items are added every half hour. The teams then take part in the final challenge, which is a foot race with various obstacles along the way.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Challenge from 3 votes.

The Challenge - S34E18

#8 - Reunion (Part 2)

8.33

Season 34 - Episode 18

The cast opens up to Justina Valentine and Nick Young about Rogan hooking up with Dee and Nany, Jordan picking a fight with Turbo and all the shady alliances from Season 34.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of The Challenge from 12 votes.

The Challenge - S35E3

#9 - A Hard Jay's Night

8.33

Season 35 - Episode 3

The Challengers blow up trucks during the badass “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 of loyalty.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Challenge from 43 votes.

The Challenge - S32E19

#10 - The Walking Dead

8.31

Season 32 - Episode 19

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

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Challenge from 48 votes.

#11 - A Tale of Two Countries
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Season 34 - Episode 15

Endurance, puzzles, and math put Team USA and Team UK to the ultimate test; one player has a shocking and disastrous gas-out that threatens to sink their team.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of The Challenge from 44 votes.

#12 - Crash Into Me
8.22
Season 35 - Episode 15

One player's sloppy political maneuvering comes back to haunt them, while another takes a shocking gamble to save a friend. Competitors must fight for survival in the elimination game “Hall Brawl," where two players with Red Skulls will be eliminated

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of The Challenge from 46 votes.

The Challenge - S33E3
#13 - Casualties of War
8.21
Season 33 - Episode 3

Zach makes a shocking move at the "Search and Destroy" challenge that makes everyone question his loyalties; Wes sets his sights on his mortal enemy, Bananas, but his attack may be premature.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of The Challenge from 53 votes.

#14 - Well Done, Meat
8.20
Season 19 - Episode 10

It's down to the final four with $300,000 on the line...and a mountain between the challengers and the cash.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of The Challenge from 5 votes.

#15 - The Royal Rumble
8.19
Season 34 - Episode 9

Tensions between Jordan and Turbo erupt into a full-blown war; Theo and Paulie get into a heated confrontation where Paulie gives Theo a tongue-lashing; a slippery puzzle causes players to crash into one another.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of The Challenge from 57 votes.

#16 - Sloppy Ho's
8.19
Season 19 - Episode 3

Fearing that she may be next to face The Exile, a worried Paula takes her frustrations out on her partner, Jeff, and then hopes to gain immunity at the "Water Logged" challenge. When Mandi calls out Jenn for her questionable voting record, Jenn flips out, and in the process, her true allegiance is revealed. Two powerhouse teams are sent into the "Lost & Found" Exile, and the results are unforgettable

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of The Challenge from 16 votes.

The Challenge - S36E4
#17 - Duplicity
8.19
Season 36 - Episode 4

Loyalty is tested in a volatile new partnership. Agents must put their intel skills to the test while in a lava tunnel during "Mission: Drone Control." A stunning battle in The Crater causes ripples that will impact numerous Agents.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of The Challenge from 32 votes.

#18 - Blowup
8.18
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 #8 Best episode of The Challenge from 17 votes.

#19 - Reunion pt. 2
8.17
Season 33 - Episode 18

The drama continues on part two of the reunion as the War of the Worlds cast rehashes this season's biggest backstabs.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of The Challenge from 6 votes.

#20 - Duel Or Die!
8.14
Season 17 - Episode 10

TJ shocks the competitors with a twist that no one sees coming. With only six spots available in the final challenge, the remaining eight players battle for survival. The final six compete in a grueling race for the $300,000.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of The Challenge from 7 votes.

Last updated: apr 15, 2021

Comments

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

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this show is why i became a misandrist.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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