72 Hours (TV series)

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72 Hours
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Genre Reality competition
Presented by Brandon Johnson
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Howard Schultz
Brady Connell
Rob LaPlante
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Lighthearted Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel TNT
Picture format
Original run June 6, 2013 (2013-06-06) – July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26)
External links
Website
Production website

72 Hours is an American television reality competition series produced by Lighthearted Entertainment that premiered on Turner Network Television (TNT) on June 6, 2013.[1] 72 Hours is hosted by actor and TV host Brandon Johnson who formerly co-starred as dance show host Gary Wilde on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up.[1][2] The series is executive produced by Howard Schultz, Brady Connell and Rob LaPlante.[3] Jeff Spangler serves as the co-executive producer of the series.[1]

In each episode of 72 Hours, three new competing teams of strangers are dropped in the complete wilderness where they are given very few essential items to survive.[4] The teams must travel through harsh environments, such as dangerous wildlife or insect infestations for 72 hours to find a hidden briefcase that contains $100,000.[4] The team that finds the briefcase are the winners of the competition and they receive the $100,000 cash prize.[4]

Premise[edit]

Each episode in the series introduces new groups of strangers who are dropped off in a remote location.[5] Each episode has a different location.[6] For example, one episode takes place in the American Southwest and another episode takes place in the island of Hawaii.[6] Once the teams are dropped at a location, they are supplied with only a single bottle of water and a GPS tracking device.[4] The goal of the competition is to survive and travel through harsh and dangerous environments, such as dangerous wildlife or insect infestations to find a hidden briefcase containing $100,000. The team that finds the briefcase are the winners of the competition and they receive the $100,000 cash prize.[4]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 8 June 6, 2013 (2013-06-06) July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26) N/A N/A N/A

Episodes[edit]

  • The first column refers to the episode's number in the overall series.
  • The second column refers to the episode's number in that particular season.

Season 1 (2013)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Original air date Production
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Yasawa Islands, Fiji" June 6, 2013 (2013-06-06) 101 0.82[7]
Three teams of strangers are dropped off in the Yasawa Islands of Fiji where they must survive through the island's sizzling heat and overpowering waters to find the hidden briefcase.
2 2 "Lost Coast of New Zealand" June 13, 2013 (2013-06-13) 102 0.71[8]
Three teams of strangers are taken to New Zealand where they must survive through thick forests, dangerous cliffs and large sand dunes in order to find the hidden briefcase.
3 3 "Lana'i Hawaii" June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21) 103 0.46[9]
Three teams of strangers are dropped off in the Hawaiian island of Lana'i where they must navigate through deserted beaches and steep canyons to find the hidden briefcase.
4 4 "Flinder's Island, Tasmania" June 28, 2013 (2013-06-28) 104 0.78[10]
Three teams of strangers are taken to Flinders Island in Australia where they must survive through rough beaches, hazardous mountains and dangerous lagoons to find the hidden briefcase.
5 5 "American Southwest" July 5, 2013 (2013-07-05) 105 0.46[11]
Three teams of strangers are taken to a desert in the U.S. state of New Mexico where they must survive through scorching temperatures and steep canyons to find the hidden briefcase.
6 6 "New Zealand Alps" July 12, 2013 (2013-07-12) 106 0.47[12]
Three teams of strangers are dropped off in the southern alps of New Zealand where they must cross through snow-covered mountains and endure freezing temperatures to find the hidden briefcase.
7 7 "Fijian Jungle" July 19, 2013 (2013-07-19) 107 0.69[13]
Three teams of strangers are dropped off in the jungles of Fiji where they must survive through steep mountain peaks and dense rain forests to find the hidden briefcase.
8 8 "The Rockies" July 26, 2013 (2013-07-26) 108 0.71[14]
Three teams of strangers are dropped off in the Rocky Mountains where they must cross through gigantic mountain peaks and endure volatile weather conditions to find the hidden briefcase.

Reception[edit]

72 Hours has received positive to negative reviews from critics. The series currently has a score of 48 out of 100 on Metacritic, citing mixed or average reviews.[15] Entertainment Weekly critic Adam Carlson stated "Like other snackable television like this, 72 Hours isn’t afraid of delivering everything you want, including not just a few reality competition tropes — but all of them."[16]

The show was awarded 3 stars by Common Sense Media reviewer Melissa Camacho. Melissa praised that "the show's primary focus on the actual race, rather than personal drama, makes it a fun viewing choice."[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Shows A-Z - 72 hours on tnt". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Jang, Meena. "The former "Shake It Up!" star tells THR that viewers will be taken on a different journey with each episode of the series.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 26 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "TV Guide - 72 Hours Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "72 Hours - About the show - TNTDrama". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "TV Guide - 72 Hours on TNT". TV Guide. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "72 Hours - Episode Guide - Zap2it". Zap2it. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  7. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda. "Thursday Cable Ratings: 'Pawn Stars' Wins Night + 'Burn Notice', 'Swamp People', 'Graceland', 'Men at Work', NHL Hockey & More". Zap2it. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Thursday's Cable Ratings: "Pawn Stars," "Burn Notice" Once Again Top Charts". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  9. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown" Tops Demos, "Jessie" Leads Viewers". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 28 June 2013. 
  10. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings: Disney Originals, "WWE Smackdown" Top Charts". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown" Tops Demos, Disney Originals Lead Viewers". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown," "Treehouse Masters" Lead Demo Race". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 15, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings: Disney Dominates with "Teen Beach Movie," "Liv and Maddie"". The Futon Critic. Retrieved July 22, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Friday's Cable Ratings: "WWE Smackdown," Disney Lead Demos, Viewers". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 
  15. ^ "72 Hours: Season 1". Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  16. ^ Carlon, Adam. "72 Hours TV Series Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Camacho, Melissa. "72 Hours - Television Review". Common Sense Media. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 

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