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The Challenge

The Challenge

MTV 1998

Reality stars compete in physical and mental challenges that will push them to their limit for their share of a $1 million prize. Age-old alliances, twists and turns from host TJ Lavin, and everyone living together under one roof only make the battle that much harder.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of The Challenge

The Challenge - S36E8

#1 - Episode 8

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Season 36 - Episode 8

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Challenge from 0 votes.

The Challenge - S36E7

#2 - Die Another Jay

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Season 36 - Episode 7

Fallout from a shocking blindside puts a target on a strong pair of agents. Devin presses an agent's button, resulting in another night of mayhem. Agents must face their fears while hanging off a helicopter during Mission Aerial Takedown

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Challenge from 0 votes.

The Challenge - S1E2

#3 - Shear Madness

3.00

Season 1 - Episode 2

The cast mates head to New Zealand for their next mission where they receive a clue that they will be going to a sheep farm. Rachel opens up about her accident as things continue to heat up between her and Sean. The cast mates stop to get breakfast and arrive at their mission an hour late. They're immediately put to work: sheep shearing. The girls are assigned to milk cows which they complete and manage to make up for the loss time. The cast mates are paid and are told they won't be getting any money for another twelve days. Sean gets annoyed when the rest of the cast go out to eat. Eric begins to gain the ire of some of his cast mates for his personality. The cast mates are given their next clue and are told to drive outside Wellington to participate in "Fly By Wire", which they complete. The episode ends with the cast reflecting on the relationships they have with each other.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

The Challenge - S1E5

#4 - Fresh Squeezed Creative Juices

3.00

Season 1 - Episode 5

The morning after, Cynthia decides that she is going to stay. The cast mates meet with actress Mindy Sterling where she teaches them how to perform improvisation. After performing their comedy routine, the cast are instructed to play parodies of their old The Real World cast members, which goes off splendidly. Other actors present in the performance include Jennifer Coolidge and Cheryl Hines. Their next clue has them recording the song they were told to write a while ago. They meet with a recording producer to record the song. Sean initially becomes embarrassed by his lack of singing talent, but manages to pull through and complete the mission. The cast go out to party where Rachel and Sean hook up. Their final clue tells them they will be taken by limo to their handsome reward. Puck arrives on the scene to drop off their handsome reward, which is a paid trip for two to San José, Costa Rica. Sean and Rachel affirm their attraction to each other. The episode ends with the cast reflecting on their adventure together and the full theme song that they wrote together.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

The Challenge - S4E12

#5 - Tough Love

3.50

Season 4 - Episode 12

During the "Tough Guy" competition, Susie learns that certain things--like friendships and teamwork--are more important than money.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of The Challenge from 2 votes.

The Challenge - S3E10

#6 - Stir Crazy

4.00

Season 3 - Episode 10

The teams stay awake for 48 hours, confined inside windowless rooms where they have to keep a ball in continuous motion. While "locked up" together, the Road Rulers face their team problems, enabling Piggy and Los to forge an uneasy truce.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Challenge from 2 votes.

The Challenge - S3E7

#7 - Swamp Buggy Racing

4.50

Season 3 - Episode 7

The teams compete in swamp-buggy races. Amaya's attitude, however, poses a problem for her teammates. Later, David swipes the "Road Rulers" horns in hopes of boosting the "Real World" camp's spirits.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Challenge from 2 votes.

The Challenge - S12E13

#8 - Diving In

4.89

Season 12 - Episode 13

Diem admits to having a crush on Derrick, but she tries to ignore it because she needs to keep her head in the game. Tina is feeling sick, but Kenny tells her that the mission won't wait for her. And it won't--the message comes that they need to be ready by 5am. The next morning, they are informed of their challenge--Deep Blue. Four nautical miles off the coast of Australia, the teams have to dive 30 feet into the ocean to capture their team flag and hold their breath for as long as possible. The teams are getting nervous and Wes even tells Casey he doesn't mind if she is terrified and they are disqualified. Theo doesn't feel as if he has anything to worry about because he has made an alliance with Derrick, but Chanda is of the opinion that nothing short of first place will keep them out of Exile. Tina and Kenny can only make it for a few seconds before heading to the surface. Darrell bails on Aviv, but Aviv is able to capture the flag. Theo and Chanda do well by floating to the top where there's more oxygen in the water. But nobody is able to beat the new "dream team" of Derrick and Diem, who must now decide who to send into Exile. Though Derrick has aligned with Theo, Diem wants to put Theo and Chanda into Exile since they came in second place and could eventually beat Derrick and Diem. Derrick tries to convince Diem to put in Tina and Kenny, but in the end, Derrick allows Diem to choose and Diem chooses Theo and Chanda. After the vote, Darrell and Aviv are placed in Exile as well. This hurts Derrick since Darrell and Theo were his best friends in the competition. Derrick is feeling terrible about the decision, but Wes tells him that he shouldn't because there have been "shadier" things happening. Later that evening, to Wes's excitement, Derrick decides to align with Wes. Wes has been angling to become allies with the strongest team, to no avail--until now. Diem finds herself getting closer and closer to Derrick. She isn't sure what their relationsh

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Challenge from 9 votes.

The Challenge - S3E9

#9 - Homemade Swimsuit Contest

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Season 3 - Episode 9

The teams make homemade bikinis for this competition, but the pairing of Piggy and Los leads to further dissension within the "Road Rules" team, with Los accusing Piggy of attacking him off-camera.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

The Challenge - S3E8

#10 - Sweet Revenge

5.00

Season 3 - Episode 8

The Real Worlders create an elaborate gag mission that keeps the Road Rulers out all night and leads to dissension between Veronica and Los.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

#11 - Homemade Swimsuit Contest
5.00
Season 3 - Episode 9

The teams make homemade bikinis for this competition, but the pairing of Piggy and Los leads to further dissension within the "Road Rules" team, with Los accusing Piggy of attacking him off-camera.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

#12 - Handsome Reward
5.00
Season 3 - Episode 11

The teams perform accelerated - freefall parachute jumps onto a bull's eye, with the winning team receiving new cars.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

#13 - Round 'Em Up
5.67
Season 5 - Episode 9

An angry e-mail from Chadwick upsets Holly and divides the "Road Rules" team. Also, the teams take part in a cow-penning competition.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of The Challenge from 3 votes.

#14 - Blockhead
5.67
Season 5 - Episode 13

The teams face the "blockhead" challenge, which requires them to build a structure from blocks for one of the teammates to stand on. Also: Sean develops a plan for every contestant to leave with part of the "handsome reward," but not everyone goes for it.

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

#15 - Who to Vote Off?
5.75
Season 5 - Episode 3

The "RW" team makes a pact to split the prize money between all members and then vote off the weaker players. The Roadies, on the other hand, are a team in the midst of dissension. Also: the competition picks up with the Musical Inner Tube Challenge.

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

#16 - Riddle Me This
5.86
Season 10 - Episode 11

The teams must solve a riddle and transport several objects across a lake.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of The Challenge from 7 votes.

#17 - Good Intentions
6.00
Season 4 - Episode 14

Julie has second thoughts about taking part in a provocative "fetish fashion" event.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

#18 - Cease Fire Reunion
6.00
Season 4 - Episode 18

Reunion special featuring the whole cast even Ayanna who was sent home from the challenge mid-way through the season.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

#19 - Downward Spiral
6.00
Season 4 - Episode 15

The Road Rulers experience difficulties during the "Gross-out Games", leading James to lose his cool and engage Syrus in a fight.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of The Challenge from 1 votes.

#20 - Playing the Game
6.00
Season 14 - Episode 4

Susie brings the heat back to the Good Guys, as she shows the players how to fight dirty. Conniving to keep herself out of the Inferno, she asks Paula and Colie to take a back seat in the next group challenge, so she can win the life shield -- helping her secure a spot in the challenge, but possibly hurting her team. When some of the Good Guys gather around to talk about whom they should send into the Inferno if Susie gets the life shield, Rachel seems to be the most popular choice. For their next individual challenge, the girls must use a cord to spin back and forth across a platform lifted over a 1000 feet in the air above a range of mountainous cliffs, while the boys just stand steady on the other end and look pretty. If the cord touches the ground or if any safety harnesses are touched, the boy-girl team is disqualified. After nine teams have been disqualified with only one team left to go, it is up to Alton and Susie to win the group challenge for the Good Guys. The pair is the only team to complete the challenge, and Susie gets the coveted life shield. Having lost the challenge, the Bad Asses are not pleased. Once back on the bus, Abe confronts Aneesa about giving up and costing him money. Ev jumps in the argument, and she and Aneesa are at it again. With some chatter about the mission being thrown so that Jenn could get a life shield, Jenn gets upset -- saying that she is totally prepared for the Inferno and doesn't need any help. Once the Good Guys and the Bad Asses have gathered at the Inferno, it's time for the games to be begin. In this Inferno, both opponents must use jousting sticks to hit each others' targets -- which in turn causes their opponent's platform to tilt 15 degrees each time the target is hit until the opponent falls off. The first person to knock their opponent off three times wins. Rachel scores one point, and then another after Jenn breaks the rules -- socking Rachel in the face with her jousting stick. Jenn catches up and the t

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of The Challenge from 10 votes.

Last updated: feb 28, 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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