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Created by
Directed byJeff Tremaine
Narrated byJohnny Knoxville (warning only)
Music byDave Roen
Sam Spiegel (season 1)
Opening theme"Corona" by Minutemen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes25 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Spike Jonze
  • Johnny Knoxville
ProducerTrip Taylor
CinematographyDimitry Elyashkevich
EditorsIvan Victor
Kristine Young Gaffney
Mark Hansen
Camera setupSingle
Running time20–22 minutes
Production companyDickhouse Productions
DistributorMTV Networks
Original networkMTV
Picture formatNTSC
Original releaseOctober 1, 2000 (2000-10-01)[1][2] –
August 12, 2001 (2001-08-12)[3]
Followed byJackass: The Movie
Related showsWildboyz
Viva La Bam
Bam's Unholy Union
Dr. Steve-O
Bam's World Domination
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show

Jackass is an American reality comedy television series created by Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville. It originally aired for three short seasons on MTV between October 2000 and August 2001, with reruns extending into 2002. The show featured a cast of nine carrying out stunts and pranks on each other or the public. The cast included Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Ryan Dunn, Steve-O, Jason "Wee Man" Acuña, Ehren McGhehey and Preston Lacy.

The show was controversial over its perceived indecency and encouragement of dangerous behavior. After MTV ended Jackass broadcasts in 2002, it grew into a media franchise, which includes the spin-offs Wildboyz, Viva La Bam, Homewrecker, Blastazoid, Bam's Unholy Union, Dr. Steve-O, Bam's World Domination, and Bam's Bad Ass Game Show; eight feature films released by Paramount Pictures, four with expanded DVD versions; a video game; a mobile game, a DVD of unreleased bits not used in the original TV show, a short-lived website featuring blogs and videos, merchandise, and several other videos released by various other means. The show placed 68th on Entertainment Weekly's "New TV Classics" list, and is a significant part in 2000s American popular culture.[4]



Origins and casting[edit]

In the late 1990s, aspiring actor and writer Johnny Knoxville had moved from Knoxville to Los Angeles and landed work in commercials in order to support his wife and infant daughter. Among his ideas was to produce an article that involved testing various self-defense equipment on himself as a homage to his hero, gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson.[5] The magazines that contacted him refused to cover the story due to liability concerns, but in 1996, Knoxville was contacted by Big Brother, a skateboarding magazine for which Jeff Tremaine was an editor, and convinced Knoxville to do the stunt and film it. The stunt featured Knoxville testing out pepper spray, a stun gun, a taser, and a .38 caliber gun with a bulletproof vest,[5] which was included in Big Brother video entitled Number Two, which also featured an appearance by future Jackass cast member Jason "Wee Man" Acuña.[6] Other contributors to Big Brother at this time were Chris Pontius, and Dave England, who went on to become a part of the Jackass crew, Dimitry Elyashkevich, who became a cinematographer, Rick Kosick who became a cameraman, and Sean Cliver, who became a photographer.

Around this time, Pennsylvania resident and professional skateboarder Bam Margera was filming his family and friends, collectively known as the CKY crew (short for "Camp Kill Yourself") and released them on home video as part of the CKY video series.[5] The videos featured stunts, pranks, and skateboarding with a cast that included Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Raab Himself, Rake Yohn and Margera's family, mother April, father Phil, uncle Don Vito, and elder brother Jess. Like the Big Brother videos, the CKY releases became a cult hit and attracted the attention of Tremaine, who flew Margera to Los Angeles in 1999 and saw the second CKY video, CKY2K.[5]

The video convinced Tremaine that the CKY group would suit the idea of a stunt and prank television show that Knoxville, Spike Jonze, and himself had been planning.[5] After demo footage had been shot and pitched to several networks, Saturday Night Live offered to make them subject of a recurring segment on the show. The offer was rejected, as a bidding war between Comedy Central and MTV resulted in the three accepting a deal from the latter for a half-hour weekly show and greater creative control. Knoxville, Tremaine, and Jonze are credited as executive producers. Van Toffler, president of MTV, said: "We just knew there were a bunch of knuckleheads out there who had a very high tolerance for stupidity and pain."[5]

Soon after the MTV deal, Tremaine approached Florida native Steve-O where he worked as a clown at a flea market, and had him film videos of his stunts for the television show, but none were cleared by MTV management.[5] To round out the cast, England brought in his friend Ehren McGhehey, a fellow Oregon resident and extreme stunt participant.[7] Preston Lacy would be the last of what is now considered the main cast to join, after he and Knoxville worked together with Knoxville's ex-wife's clothing line. Knoxville told Preston that he was making a new TV show and he asked him if he could write some ideas. Knoxville then convinced Preston to perform the stunts himself.[8]

The show debuted on October 1, 2000. After the second episode had aired MTV gained its highest Sunday ratings in its history, drawing 2.4 million viewers among 12- to 34-year-olds, its target demographic.[9]


In a 2001 interview with Rolling Stone, Knoxville questioned how long the MTV show could last, and soon after announced that the series would end after its third season aired.[10] He also stated discontent with MTV and the censors, who, from the start of season two, increasingly gave notes regarding what the show could and could not depict. In addition, Steve-O claimed that the cast salaries paid by MTV were meager. Because of problems with MTV's standards and practices department, as well as the sudden departure of Bam and the CKY crew halfway through season three, the Jackass crew did not attempt to create a finale to bring the show to a close.


Main series[edit]

Cast members Television series Main film series Television special Presents films Main film series Presents films Television special Main film series
Jackass Jackass:
The Movie
Number Two

Jackass 2.5
24 Hour Takeover
Jackass Presents:
Mat Hoffman's Tribute to Evel Knievel
Jackass 3D
Jackass 3.5
Jackass Presents:
Bad Grandpa

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa .5
Shark Week
Jackass Forever
Jackass 4.5
2000–01 2002 2006–07 2008 2008 2010–11 2013–14 2021 2022
Main cast
Johnny Knoxville Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Bam Margera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Steve-O Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chris Pontius Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ryan Dunn Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dave England Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jason "Wee Man" Acuña Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ehren McGhehey Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Preston Lacy Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sean "Poopies" McInerney Yes Yes
Jasper Dolphin Yes Yes
Zach Holmes Yes
Rachel Wolfson Yes
Eric Manaka Yes
Supporting crew
Lance Bangs Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
J.P. Blackmon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seth Casriel Yes Yes Yes
CKY Yes Yes Yes
Sean Cliver Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dimitry Elyashkevich Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Joe Frantz Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seamus Frawley Yes Yes Yes Yes
Derek Freda Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tony Gardner Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Greg "Guch" Iguchi Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Spike Jonze Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ben "Benzo" Kaller Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rick Kosick Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Matthew Kosinski Yes Yes Yes Yes
Knate Lee Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Scott Manning Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cordell Mansfield Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy Yes Yes Yes Yes
Seth Meisterman Yes Yes Yes
Matthew Probst Yes Yes Yes Yes
Manny Puig Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mark Rackley Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sam Spiegel Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jules Sylvester Yes Yes
Trip Taylor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Van Toffler Yes Yes Yes
Jeff Tremaine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Roger Alan Wade Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
David Weathers Yes Yes
Greg Wolf Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Shanna Zablow Newton Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Recurring appearances
Parks Bonifay Yes Yes Yes
Dave Carnie Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brandon DiCamillo Yes Yes Yes Yes
Rob Dyrdek Yes Yes
Loomis Fall Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tony Hawk Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Stephanie Hodge Yes Yes Yes
Mat Hoffman Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mike Kassak Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Eric Koston Yes Yes
Gary Leffew Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
April Margera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Jess Margera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Phil Margera Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brandon Novak Yes Yes
Jack Polick Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chris Raab Yes Yes Yes Yes
Clyde Singleton Yes Yes Yes
Rip Taylor Yes Yes Yes
Rake Yohn Yes Yes Yes Yes


At the time of its first broadcast in 2000, Jackass frequently featured warnings and disclaimers noting that the stunts performed were very dangerous and should not be imitated. Such warnings not only appeared before and after each program and after each commercial break, but also in a "crawl" that ran along the bottom of the screen during some especially risky stunts, as well as showing their "skull and crutches" logo at the bottom right of the screen to symbolize the stunt performed as risky. Nevertheless, the program was blamed for a number of deaths and injuries involving teens and children recreating the stunts.[11]

Connecticut Senator Joe Lieberman followed up with a February 7, 2001 letter to MTV's parent company Viacom urging the company to take greater responsibility for its programming and do more to help parents protect their children.[12] MTV responded to the criticism by canceling all airings of Jackass before 10 p.m., but Lieberman's continual campaign against the show led to MTV refusing to air repeats of the later episodes, a move which angered the cast and production crew of the series who were furious with MTV's "caving into Lieberman's demands".

A Montana man named Jack Ass sued MTV for $10 million in 2002, claiming that the show was plagiarizing his name. Jack Ass, whose birth name was Bob Craft (died 2003[13]), changed his name in 1997 to raise awareness for drunk driving, after his brother and friend both died in a car accident.[14]

Matt-Dillion Shannon, an 18-year-old from Napier, New Zealand, was sentenced on November 23, 2012, to three years in prison on a charge of causing grievous bodily harm for his role in the August 2011 dousing of a 16-year-old with gasoline and setting him on fire. Shannon's lawyer claimed that this act was inspired by the Jackass series, despite the fact that no such stunt ever aired on the show.[15]

Home media[edit]

MTV released a four disc DVD box set entitled Jackass: The Box Set on December 6, 2005. This set does not contain the three complete seasons as they originally aired, but rather recompilations, each including stunts from all three seasons, arranged into 3 volumes of "episodes". There are also additional commentaries for numerous stunts, a Jackass trivia game, still photo gallery, and cast bios. The fourth disc includes the only 1-hour episode of the crew's trip to the Gumball 3000 rally, a special "Where Are They Now?" documentary, MTV Cribs: Jackass Edition, and appearances by the crew at the 2002 MTV VMAs and the 2002 MTV Latin VMAs. The set contains a 48-page collector's booklet of rare photos and inside stories on the history of Jackass.

The second a third volumes of this box set had previously been released separately on December 10, 2002, two months after "Jackass: The Movie" had been released. The first volume was released by itself on January 23, 2006. The fourth "bonus disc" has never been released separately.

Another compilation of stunts from the television series was released on October 11, 2009 on a single DVD entitled Jackass: The Lost Tapes, again arranged into individual "episodes". They feature all the remaining stunts from the show that weren't included in "The Box Set", such as "Self Defense Test", "Stun Collar", "Unicycle Poo Barf", "Fast Food Football", "Roller Jump", and the original and controversial "Satan vs. God". The compilation also includes stunts filmed for the TV series but were never aired, usually for censorship reasons. The DVD's various bonus features include every opening to every televised episode of Jackass, original credit montages from each televised episode, and an inside look at the short-lived website jackassworld.com, featuring various skits.

Beginning in 2013, various other box sets have been released in the USA and UK that combine the original box set, with or without the bonus disc (Gumball Rally 3000, etc), with the lost tapes disc, and often with all the movies released up to that point (5 or 7), in their unrated expanded versions.

Spin-offs and life after Jackass[edit]

When the TV series ended, each member of the cast found new work in movies and television, each gaining his own degree of success. Johnny Knoxville pursued a career as an actor, appearing in such films as the 2004 remake of Walking Tall, The Dukes of Hazzard, Men in Black II, The Ringer, A Dirty Shame, Big Trouble, Coyote Ugly, The Last Stand, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Skiptrace.

Bam Margera and the CKY crew were given their own spin-off show Viva La Bam, which followed Margera and his family, who were often made the victim of the clique's practical jokes. Bam and the crew also had a radio show from 2004 until 2013 called Radio Bam on Sirius radio. Margera has also been featured in Bam's Unholy Union, following him and his fiancé Missy Rothstein in the run-up to their wedding, while Brandon DiCamillo and Rake Yohn featured in Blastazoid, a short-lived show about video games.

When Viva La Bam finished its run, Ryan Dunn, who was part of Bam's crew on Viva La Bam, was given his own show Homewrecker, in which he found revenge for helpless victims of practical jokes by renovating the prankster's room according to the original incident. The show only lasted one season. On June 20, 2011, Dunn was killed in a car crash while driving intoxicated in Pennsylvania.[16]

Chris Pontius and Steve-O were also given their own spin-off show Wildboyz. Unlike Jackass and Viva La Bam, Wildboyz rejected the formula of practical jokes and instead featured the two traveling the world in search of wild and exotic animals. Directed by Jackass director Jeff Tremaine, Wildboyz featured frequent guest appearances by fellow Jackasses Johnny Knoxville, and Wee Man, as well as recurring Jackass guests Loomis Fall, Manny Puig, Tony Hawk, and Mat Hoffman.

One year after Jackass Number Two was released, Steve-O was given a new spin-off titled Dr. Steve-O. It came out in 2007 on the USA Network channel. In this spin-off Steve-O acted as a doctor to help males overcome their fears, thus the headline created by Steve-O, "Turning wussies into men." In every episode, Dr. Steve-O helped three different men, and made them complete three challenges to overcome their fears.

Two days before Jackass 3D came out, Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn starred in a half-hour TV special titled Bam's World Domination. In this special, Bam and Dunn, along with skateboarder Tim O'Connor, participated in The Tough Guy Competition. This special aired on SpikeTV.

After Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa was released, Bam Margera created a new spin-off titled Bam's Bad Ass Game Show, which aired on TBS in 2014. Bam, along with Brandon Novak, both hosted the game show. The contestants were instructed to perform a series of stunts while competing against each other, in the hope of winning the grand prize of $10,000.

Sean "Poopies" McInerney, one of the new cast members of Jackass Forever, will have a spin-off titled What Not To Do, which will air on Discovery+.[17]


Jackass: The Movie (2002)[edit]

After the show went off the air, the cast reunited in 2002 to film what they believed would be the conclusion of Jackass: a full-length motion picture version of the show entitled Jackass: The Movie. The cast made it clear that the film was their "farewell" to the fans of the show, and with the franchise taking the movie format, the cast and crew were now allowed to circumvent the censors, showing more vulgar stunts than the ones featured on the TV show.[18] Despite earlier disagreements, MTV Films assisted in the film's distribution.

The film, shot on a budget of just $5 million, went on to gross over $60 million in the United States alone, and finished in the #1 spot at the box office during its debut weekend.

Jackass Number Two (2006)[edit]

With the release of Jackass: The Movie, director Jeff Tremaine and the rest of the cast believed that Jackass was finished and there would be no further projects under the franchise. However, during the final season of Wildboyz, Knoxville joined his former castmates Chris Pontius and Steve-O on various expeditions around the world. It was said that Knoxville went so far out during the filming of the show that Tremaine pulled him aside and said "If you're willing to go this all out, why not get all the guys together and shoot another movie?" Knoxville agreed, and with both Viva La Bam and Wildboyz finishing their runs, the entire cast was available to reunite and film the sequel.[19]

Number Two was released on September 22, 2006, produced by MTV Films and distributed by Paramount Pictures. As was the case with its predecessor, Jackass Number Two topped the box office in its debut weekend, earning $29.01 million. Footage for several stunts featured Bam Margera's uncle Vincent "Don Vito" Margera, but the footage was removed from the theatrical and DVD release due to his arrest in August 2006 and conviction on two counts of sexual assault on a minor.

On September 7, 2006, MTV featured a half-hour documentary of Jackass: Number Two. When asked if the film meant the end of Jackass, cast member Steve-O jokingly commented that the people who made money from the franchise still wanted money, hinting that the cast would still continue the franchise in one form or another. At the conclusion of the documentary, Johnny Knoxville reveals that he "had a hard time letting go" because he is "so hooked on doing stunts." Cameraman Dimitry Elyashkevich reveals that weeks after the film, Knoxville was so desperate to shoot that he would film himself running into street signs just for the sake of additional footage.[19]

Jackass Presents: Mat Hoffman's Tribute to Evel Knievel (2008)[edit]

On May 27, 2008, a direct-to-DVD Jackass film was released by Dickhouse Productions.[20][21] The film is a tribute to the stuntman, Evel Knievel, who died on November 30, 2007, one year before the film's release.

Jackass 3D (2010)[edit]

In an August 2009 interview with Knoxville for The Times-Picayune, Knoxville, on the topic of Steve-O's recovery and rehabilitation, said, "He's taking to sobriety like he took to drugs and alcohol, I'm very proud of him. I think we'll see him doing some stuff here really soon. As a matter of fact, I know we are."[22] He later stated "Something's coming. We're pretty excited." Later, he added, "I think it'll be a big year next year, but I don't want to talk about it yet ..."[22]

In September 2009, Margera revealed to Iltalehti, a Finnish newspaper, that a Jackass 3 would be made and filmed in places like Mongolia, South Africa and Finland as well as the United States starting in January 2010.[23] He then confirmed it again on Radio Bam on September 21, 2009. In early December, Knoxville confirmed that Jackass 3 was being made.[24][25] In April 2010, a brief blurb about Jackass 3D, titled "gone filmin'", appeared on the Jackassworld website: "Thanks for the support the past two years. To keep abreast and adick of all things related to the world of jackass and Dickhouse (including the currently in production flick Jackass 3D), follow us on Facebook and Twitter."[26]

In late July 2010, Paramount and MTV screened the first footage from Jackass 3D at a special event during Comic-Con 2010 in its 3D format. The event allowed fans to meet the Jackass crew.[27] Then in August 2010, the official trailer was aired on MTV.

Jackass 3D was released in American movie theaters on October 15, 2010. On opening weekend, the movie made an estimated $50 million in 3,081 theaters,[28] outperforming predictions it would earn $30 million[29] and breaking the record for the most successful fall opening ever, which was previously held by Scary Movie 3.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013)[edit]

In March 2012, Knoxville discussed the possibility of a fourth film, saying "we're keeping our mind open" and "I've got 50–60 ideas on top of all the stuff we didn't get to shoot."[30] Then in June 2012, it was reported Paramount "registered several domains for a film that would be called Bad Grandpa."[31]

During Margera's September 18, 2012, interview on The Howard Stern Show about Jackass he said: "There's going to be a whole movie about Knoxville's grandpa character."

Bad Grandpa was officially announced in July 2013 and released on October 25, 2013,[32] exactly 11 years after the release of Jackass: The Movie. It was the first film in the series to be nominated for an Academy Award; it lost the Best Makeup and Hairstyling award to Dallas Buyers Club.[33]

A version of the film with unused footage, titled Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.5, includes over 40 minutes of additional outtakes and interviews, and premiered June 15, 2014, on MTV. It was released on DVD and Blu-ray on July 8, 2014.

Jackass Forever (2022)[edit]

In a 2018 interview, Knoxville said that he is open to making a fourth Jackass film that may feature some new cast members, "just to bring in some fresh blood into it."[34] He said that he continues to write ideas for a Jackass film and that "a ton" have been set aside should the project receive the green-light. In July 2019, cast member Chris Raab said that he had interviewed the Jackass crew on his Bathroom Break podcast and noted that everyone was still open to a fourth film should Knoxville, Tremaine, and Jonze agree.[34] On December 19, 2019, Paramount confirmed that a fourth Jackass film was set for production and scheduled for release on March 5, 2021.[35] In April 2020, the film's release date was rescheduled to July 2, 2021.[36] In July 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the film was rescheduled once again to September 3, 2021.[37] In April 2021, Paramount in a major reshuffle, moved the release date again to October 22, 2021.[38] Principal photography restarted on September 21, 2020, 7 months after being shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic.[39] Paramount released the movie in the United States on February 4, 2022.


Jackass Backyard BBQ (2002)[edit]

Jackass Backyard BBQ is a TV special that features the entire Jackass cast promoting the first Jackass movie. Dave England did not appear in this special, but archival footage of him is shown. It features celebrity guest appearances from Andrew W.K., Tré Cool, Rivers Cuomo, Eric Koston, Lara Flynn Boyle, Danny Masterson, and Slash. It premiered on MTV in July, 2002.

Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour Takeover (2008)[edit]

On February 23, 2008, MTV held the TV special, Jackassworld.com: 24 Hour Takeover, to coincide with the official launch of Jackassworld.com. The special allowed the core members of Jackass to take over MTV and its studios for 24 hours, broadcasting new pranks and stunts, along with a tribute to stunt man Evel Knievel shot days before.

A Tribute to Ryan Dunn (2011)[edit]

A Tribute to Ryan Dunn is a TV movie documentary which aired on November 28, 2011. It worked its way through the life of Ryan Dunn, who died on June 20, 2011. It features interviews from Dunn's family members, the Jackass cast and crew, and some of the CKY crew members. Never-before-released footage of Dunn was also shown in this documentary.

Steve-O: Guilty as Charged (2016)[edit]

Steve-O: Guilty as Charged is Steve-O's first comedy special which was released on March 18, 2016. It features him performing various stunts in front of a live audience in a theatre in Austin, Texas as well as him telling backstories of his career. This special premiered on Showtime.

Jackass Shark Week (2021)[edit]

On July 11, 2021, during Shark Week, the Discovery Channel aired Jackass Shark Week. It featured Jackass cast members Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and new cast members Sean "Poopies" McInerney and Jasper Dolphin, with Jeff Tremaine and Trip Taylor serving as executive producers, and Dimitry Elyashkevich as camera operator. This Shark Week episode marks the first time ever someone got bit on the show.[40][41] Pontius said that they might do another Jackass Shark Week special on his Cameo page.[42]

Jackass Reboot (TBA)[edit]

On May 3, 2022, a new Jackass series was announced. This new show will air on Paramount+ after the success of Jackass Forever.[43]


Film Director Screenwriter(s) Producer(s)
Main writers Co-writers
Jackass: The Movie (2002) Jeff Tremaine Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Dave England, Ryan Dunn and Ehren McGhehey Brandon DiCamillo, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy, Sean Cliver, Loomis Fall, Tim Payne, Anne Zogby, Phil Clapp, and Vernon Chatman Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville
Jackass Number Two (2006) Mark Lewman, Dimitry Elyashkevich, Al Walker, Brandon DiCamillo, Darrin Prescott, David Weathers, Gary Leffew, Jeffrey Ross, Juicy J, DJ Paul, Project Pat, Loomis Fall, Scott Rogers, Sean Cliver, Thor Drake, and Rob "Whitey" McConnaughy
Jackass 3D (2010) Loomis Fall, Barry Owen Smoler, The Dudesons, Dave Carnie, Mike Kassak, Madison Clapp, Knate Gwaltney, Derek Freda, Trip Taylor, Sean Cliver, Dimitry Elyashkevich, J.P. Blackmon, and Rick Kosick
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) Screenplay by: Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze and Jeff Tremaine
Story by: Fax Bahr, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Adam Small and Jeff Tremaine
Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Derek Freda, and Jeff Tremaine
Jackass Forever (2022) Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Chris Pontius, Wee Man, Dave England, Ehren McGhehey, Sean "Poopies" McInerney, Jasper Dolphin, Zach Holmes, Rachel Wolfson, Eric Manaka, and Bam Margera Dimitry Elyashkevich, Sean Cliver, Andrew Weinberg, Colton Dunn, Knate Lee, Derrick Beckles, Eric André, Sarah Sherman, and Nick Kreiss Jeff Tremaine, Spike Jonze, and Johnny Knoxville


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref(s)
North America Other
Jackass: The Movie October 25, 2002 $64,255,312 $15,238,519 $79,493,831 $5 million [44]
Jackass Number Two September 22, 2006 $72,778,712 $11,839,820 $84,618,532 $11.5 million [45]
Jackass 3D October 15, 2010 $117,229,692 $54,456,100 $171,685,792 $20 million [46]
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa October 25, 2013 $102,003,019 $49,828,518 $151,831,537 $15 million [47]
Jackass Forever February 4, 2022 $57,743,451 $22,596,767 $80,340,218 $10 million [48]
Total $411,122,207 $148,562,957 $559,685,164 $61.5 million [49]
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
Jackass: The Movie 49% (94 reviews)[50] 42 (14 reviews)[51] A−[52]
Jackass Number Two 64% (103 reviews)[53] 66 (23 reviews)[54] B+[52]
Jackass 3D 65% (113 reviews)[55] 56 (23 reviews)[56] B+[52]
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa 61% (109 reviews)[57] 54 (29 reviews)[58] B[52]
Jackass Forever 86% (152 reviews)[59] 74 (39 reviews)[60] B+[61]

Other media[edit]

.5 documentaries[edit]

Jackass 2.5 (2007)[edit]

On September 5, 2007, Bam Margera announced the release of Jackass 2.5 on The Howard Stern Show, a compilation DVD of stunts that did not make it to Jackass Number Two.[62] The DVD was released on December 26, 2007. Special features on the DVD include the making of Jackass 2.5, the making of Jackass: The Game, deleted scenes, and a photo gallery.

Jackass 3.5 (2011)[edit]

Jackass 3.5 was released in June 2011 with unused footage shot during the filming of Jackass 3D.[63] The first trailer was released online on January 27, 2011, and the feature-length movie was released on VOD and DVD on June 14, 2011,[64] and the entire film was streamed in weekly segments on Joost, starting April 1, 2011.[65]

Jackass 4.5 (2022)[edit]

Jackass 4.5 will be compiled of behind-the-scenes, outtakes and unused footage shot during the filming of Jackass Forever, and interviews with the cast and crew members. It was released on Netflix on May 20, 2022.

Video games[edit]

Jackass: The Game (2007)[edit]

Jackass: The Game was released on September 24, 2007. It was developed under a license by Sidhe Interactive in Wellington, New Zealand, for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS. The game was first shown at the 2006 E3 behind closed doors.[66] It is mentioned in the Jackass Number Two commentary that the stunt where several members get punched in the face by a spring-loaded boxing glove hidden behind a fake valentine on a wall had just come upstairs from shooting a promo for the video game. Johnny Knoxville and other members of the Jackass team also provided stunt ideas to the developer based on unused stunts from the show.[67] A trailer and the cover art was released in June 2007 on the game's official website. All main characters of the show were featured as playable, except for Bam Margera, who was contractually obligated by Neversoft to appear in the Tony Hawk's franchise, thus making him unable to appear in any other video game.

Jackass Human Slingshot (2022)[edit]

Jackass Human Slingshot is a mobile game available on Android and iOS,[68] and was released on January 20, 2022. In this game, you play as Johnny Knoxville and get launched from a slingshot to get as much injuries as possible in order to progress. The game was developed by BBTV Interactive.

Trading cards[edit]

2022 Zerocool Jackass Trading Cards[edit]

After Jackass Forever premiered in 2022, a Jackass trading card set was released.[69] The set featured autographs of the Jackass Forever cast and crew, and several Jackass Forever guest stars. This set was unique in the sense that special numbered insert cards were given only to cast and crew members, so there was no way to get these extremely rare cards directly from boxes. The only way to get one was directly from one of the cast members.[69]

Related films[edit]

Don't Try This at Home: The Steve-O Video (2001–2005)[edit]

Don't Try This at Home: The Steve-O Video is the first DVD by Steve-O, released in 2001. It mostly contains footage that couldn't be shown on related MTV show Jackass, due to censorship. It was followed by Don't Try This at Home Volume 2: The Tour (2002), Steve-O: Out on Bail (2003), Steve-O: The Early Years (2004) and Steve-O: Gross Misconduct (2005). The video series featured recurring guest appearances from the Jackass cast and crew, and from professional skateboarder Ryan Simonetti.

Haggard: The Movie (2003)[edit]

Haggard: The Movie is an independent comedy film based on the story of how Ryan Dunn's girlfriend may have cheated on him. The film was financed, directed, produced, co-written, and edited by Bam Margera. The film stars Ryan Dunn, Jenn Rivell, Brandon DiCamillo, Bam Margera, Rake Yohn, and Raab Himself.

National Lampoon's TV: The Movie (2006)[edit]

National Lampoon's TV: The Movie is a comedy film that was released in 2006 and features several cast members of Jackass including Steve-O, Preston Lacy, Wee Man, Chris Pontius, Ehren McGhehey and recurring Jackass guest Manny Puig. The film features parodies of many television shows, such as Fear Factor, Cops, MTV Cribs, The Six Million Dollar Man and Miami Vice.

3000 Miles (2007)[edit]

3000 Miles is a documentary in which Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn, along with Tony Hawk, Mike Vallely, Mike Escamilla, and Dan Joyce from Dirty Sanchez, race 3000 miles around the world from London to Los Angeles in 8 days in the Gumball 3000 rally.

Bam Margera Presents: Where the #$&% Is Santa? (2008)[edit]

Bam Margera Presents: Where the #$&% Is Santa? is a direct-to-video film about Bam Margera going on a quest to find Santa Claus with the help from Brandon Novak, his elder brother Jess, Chad I Ginsburg, Mark Hanna, Joe Frantz, Missy Rothstein, his parents Phil and April, Seth Meisterman, and Matt "Shitbirdz" Cole. Jarppi Leppälä and Jukka Hildén from The Dudesons also appear in this movie. If Bam doesn't succeed to find Santa, Mark the Bagger gets his wife Missy as a Christmas present.

Minghags (2009)[edit]

Minghags is an independent comedy film that was released in 2009. It was directed, co-written, and edited by Bam Margera. It is a loose sequel to Haggard: The Movie. The film stars Bam Margera, Ryan Dunn, Brandon DiCamillo, Don Vito, Rake Yohn, Missy Rothstein, Brandon Novak, Mark the Bagger, Mark Hanna, and Angie Cuturic.

Action Point (2018)[edit]

Action Point is comedy film featuring Jackass cast members Johnny Knoxville and Chris Pontius released in 2018. Knoxville was inspired to make the film after seeing Matt Robertson's 2013 short documentary The Most Insane Amusement Park Ever, about Action Park, a theme park in New Jersey which was notorious for poorly designed, unsafe rides, in addition to employing underaged, undertrained and often under-the-influence staff.[70] Similar to Bad Grandpa, the film features traditional Jackass-style stunts connected by a fictional narrative.

Steve-O: Gnarly (2020)[edit]

Gnarly is Steve-O's second stand-up comedy special at the Gothic Theatre in Denver, Colorado. He presented stories, stunts and previously unseen footage to the audience. The special marks the first time the entire cast of Jackass reunited after the death of Ryan Dunn. It was released in 2020 and is available to watch on Steve-O's website.[71]

See also[edit]


Various groups have created shows based on or similar to Jackass. These include:

Jackass-type behavior has also been depicted and used as plot devices on multiple other television shows—an example of which is episode 19 of season 3 of CSI: Vegas, in which one of a group of teenagers is shot and killed while performing (and filming) a stunt.


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