Lego Masters (American TV series)

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Lego Masters
Lego Masters Us Logo.png
Directed byRich Kim
Presented byWill Arnett
JudgesJamie Berard
Amy Corbett
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producers
ProducerAntonia M. Green
Production companiesEndemol Shine North America
Tuesday's Child
Plan B Entertainment
The Lego Group
Electric Avenue
DistributorBanijay Group
Release
Original networkFox
Original releaseFebruary 5, 2020 (2020-02-05) –
present
External links
Website

Lego Masters (stylized as LEGO Masters) is an American reality competition television series that premiered on Fox on February 5, 2020. The series is based on the British series of the same name.[1] Each episode features teams of two building Lego projects from a vast array of bricks and parts to meet both creative and practical goals set by the challenge for a particular episode. The show is hosted and executive produced by Will Arnett, with Lego Group creative designers Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard serving as the show's judges. Various guest stars have also served as hosts and judges.

On November 11, 2020, the series was renewed for a second season that premiered in June 2021.

Format[edit]

The series follows teams consisting of two Lego-building competitors, tasked with building creations out of Lego pieces based on a given theme within a given time period. After the allotted time to build, the teams demonstrate their creations to host Will Arnett and two expert judges from the Lego Group: Amy Corbett, a senior design manager at Lego, and Jamie Berard, who oversees the Lego Creator Expert and Lego Architecture lines at Lego.[2] The experts name the winning build and as well as the bottom two teams, explaining why teams were selected in this fashion. They then announce the losing team, who, save for the first week, is eliminated from the competition. In addition to this judging, Amy and Jamie provide suggestions to the teams mid-way through the build.[3] The first episode awarded the team with the best design judged by the experts with the Golden Brick, which they can use on any other challenge, after the build period but before the judging, to automatically advance to the next challenge if they do not feel confident about their work. Once they turn in the Golden Brick for immunity, it is then made available as the reward for a future challenge. The season will culminate in a finale, in which top teams compete for $100,000, a Lego Masters trophy, and the title of Lego Master.[1][4]

Production[edit]

The series is jointly produced by Endemol Shine North America, UK-based independent production company Tuesday's Child, and Plan B Entertainment.[5] All episodes were shot at Chandler Valley Center in Los Angeles.[6]

Casting for the series was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2019[7] and was described on the casting website as seeking "the most creative, passionate, and innovative Lego builder teams of two."[8] The casting website stated that filming was to take place over seven weeks between October and December 2019.

According to Corbett, there were more than three million Lego bricks available for teams to use during the challenges.[9] Lego artist Nathan Sawaya served as a consulting producer for the show, helping to design some of the example pieces, the challenges, and the show's Lego-based trophy.[10]

On November 11, 2020, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[11][12][13] Production on the season began on March 15, 2021 at Atlanta Film Studios in Georgia.[14] On April 7, 2021, it was announced that the season would premiere on June 1, 2021.[15][16]

Elimination tables[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Place Team[17] Relation Episodes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Tyler & Amy Married SAFE WIN SAFE 2ND SAFE 2ND WIN WIN RISK[a] WINNERS
2 Boone & Mark Friends SAFE SAFE SAFE WIN WIN WIN SAFE SAFE WIN RUNNERS-UP
3 Samuel & Jessica Friends RISK RISK 2ND SAFE SAFE SAFE 2ND RISK RISK THIRD
4 Christian & Aaron Friends WIN SAFE SAFE SAFE 2ND SAFE RISK ELIM
5 Flynn & Richard Married SAFE SAFE WIN SAFE SAFE RISK ELIM
6 Mel & Jermaine Friends SAFE SAFE SAFE SAFE RISK ELIM[b]
7 Krystle & Amie Friends SAFE SAFE RISK RISK ELIM
8 Manny & Nestor Son & Father RISK SAFE SAFE ELIM
9 Travis & Corey Brothers SAFE SAFE ELIM
10 Jessie & Kara Friends SAFE ELIM

Team awarded the Golden Brick.

  The team won the challenge.
  The team was second this week.
  The team was safe from elimination.
  The team was safe due to using the Golden Brick.
  The team was at risk of elimination.
  The team was eliminated from the competition.
Notes
  1. ^ Tyler and Amy were told by the judges that they had the weakest build and would have been sent home if a team were to be eliminated that week.
  2. ^ Jermaine and Mel were automatically placed in the bottom two after failing to make their bridge level with their road.

Season 2[edit]

Place Team[18] Relation[18] Episodes
1 2 3
TBA Bryan & Lauren Siblings SAFE WIN SAFE
TBA Caleb & Jacob Brothers SAFE SAFE RISK
TBA Dave & Richard Friends SAFE 2ND WIN
TBA Maria & Philip Married Couple RISK SAFE SAFE
TBA Mark & Steven Brothers 2ND SAFE RISK
TBA Natalie & Michelle Friends SAFE SAFE SAFE
TBA Paras & Moto Friends SAFE SAFE 2ND
TBA Susan & Jen Friends RISK SAFE 2ND
TBA Syreeta & Randall Friends SAFE SAFE SAFE
TBA Zack & Wayne Brothers WIN SAFE SAFE
11 Zach & Tim Father-son SAFE RISK ELIM
12 Jack & Dawn Siblings SAFE ELIM

Team awarded the Golden Brick.

  The team won the challenge.
  The team was second this week.
  The team was safe from elimination.
  The team was safe due to using the Golden Brick.
  The team was at risk of elimination.
  The team was eliminated from the competition.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110February 5, 2020 (2020-02-05)April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
2TBAJune 1, 2021 (2021-06-01)TBA

Season 1 (2020)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [19][20]Original air date [19][20]Prod.
code [19]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Dream Park Theme Park"February 5, 2020 (2020-02-05)LEG-1014.73[21]
From empty plots of a larger Lego amusement park with an existing monorail system, teams are tasked to build a themed park that must include at least one automated moving attraction. Mark and Boone's moving part somehow stopped working, and Nester and Manny's stopped halfway. No team was eliminated, but Aaron and Christian won the Golden Brick, giving them immunity.
22"Space Smash"February 12, 2020 (2020-02-12)LEG-1023.50[22]
Teams must build a Lego sculpture based on extraterrestrial aliens, strong enough to support itself and be carried around, but then must be able to be easily broken apart and in a spectacular fashion when smashed by various means (dropped from a height, smashed with a bat, or exploded by a compressed air blast within it). Jessie and Kara were eliminated due to their build falling apart before the explosion. Guest starring Mayim Bialik. Starting that week, the last place build is going home.
33"Cut in Half"February 19, 2020 (2020-02-19)LEG-1032.98[23]
Teams select one of several household objects that have been sawed in half, and must build a Lego structure extending from it that creatively builds out the missing half while integrating a story with the object. Travis and Corey were eliminated due to their build looking "incomplete".
44"Movie Genres"February 26, 2020 (2020-02-26)LEG-1043.03[24]
Each team is given a movie genre and must construct a scene that demonstrates that genres. After the initial build, the teams are assigned a second genre, and must add on to their existing build to combine the two genres. Aaron and Christian gave up their Golden Brick after being told by the judges that their build lacked character. Nester and Manny were eliminated due to their build having the impression of "two different skill levels". Guest starring Phil Lord and Christopher Miller.
55"Mega City Block"March 4, 2020 (2020-03-04)LEG-1052.90[25]
The remaining teams must choose a vacant block from a half-completed city and build their own city blocks over it. After the initial build, the teams then create monsters to attack their city blocks.
66"Need for Speed / Super-Bridges"March 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)LEG-1063.43[26]
Teams build cars in a mini-race challenge at the beginning of the episode. Teams that first or go the farthest are given more time to design and build in the main challenge. In the main challenge, teams are given two existing supports 6 feet (1.8 m) apart and must build a bridge out of Lego to be able to support the most weight as well as to be aesthetically-pleasing.
77"Storybook"March 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)LEG-1073.61[27]
Teams construct a scene from a story filled in by children invited to the show. Following the initial build, a second page is added, and the children individually choose things to add to the story. Guest starring Nicole Byer.
88"Good Vs. Evil"March 25, 2020 (2020-03-25)LEG-1083.48[28]
Teams choose two minifigures that are later determined to be heroes or villains. They then build their heroes'/villains' lairs and are put with another team to create a battle between their characters. Guest starring Terry Crews.
99"Star Wars"April 8, 2020 (2020-04-08)LEG-1093.61[29]
In the first challenge, teams were tasked to build a Lego structure that represented a droid that fit into the Star Wars universe with some form of motorized action. In the second challenge, teams had to reconstruct an iconic scene from the Star Wars films. The three chosen scenes were: the attack on ice planet Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back, the fight on the forest moon of Endor in Return of the Jedi, and defending the base on Crait in The Last Jedi. Teams selected their scenes based on their rankings from the first challenge. Featured appearances of C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8.
1010"Finals"April 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)LEG-1103.80[30]
Teams are free to develop any Lego art sculpture they want within a 24-hour build period.

Season 2 (2021)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [19][31]Original air date [19][31]Prod.
code [19]
U.S. viewers
(millions)
111"LEGO Day Parade"June 1, 2021 (2021-06-01)LEG-2011.69[32]
Teams must build a self-reflective float with at least one moving component for the first annual Lego Day parade. Midway through the challenge, teams found out that the team who won the first challenge would receive the golden brick, granting immunity at a later time. The bottom two teams were Susan & Jen, who were critiqued for poor time management, and Maria & Philip, who were critiqued for not having enough dynamic movement. No team was eliminated, but Zach and Wayne won the Golden Brick, giving them immunity, with Mark and Steven as runners-up for the challenge.
122"Hero Shot!"June 8, 2021 (2021-06-08)LEG-202TBD
133"Make And Shake"June 15, 2021 (2021-06-15)LEG-203TBD
144"Hats Incredible!"June 22, 2021 (2021-06-22)LEG-204TBD

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Lego Masters
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "Dream Park Theme Park" February 5, 2020 1.6/7 4.73 1.0 2.90 2.6 7.64 [21]
2 "Space Smash" February 12, 2020 1.2/6 3.50 0.8 2.24 1.9 5.74 [22]
3 "Cut in Half" February 19, 2020 1.0/5 2.98 0.8 2.13 1.7 5.11 [23]
4 "Movie Genres" February 26, 2020 1.0/5 3.03 0.7 1.89 1.7 4.92 [24]
5 "Mega City Block" March 4, 2020 0.9/5 2.90 0.7 1.81 1.6 4.71 [25]
6 "Need For Speed / Super-Bridges" March 11, 2020 1.0/5 3.43 0.6 1.72 1.6 5.15 [26]
7 "Storybook" March 18, 2020 1.2/6 3.61 0.7 1.89 1.9 5.50 [27]
8 "Good Vs. Evil" March 25, 2020 1.1/5 3.48 0.7 2.10 1.9 5.58 [28]
9 "Star Wars" April 8, 2020 1.2/6 3.61 0.8 2.28 2.0 5.89 [29]
10 "Finals" April 15, 2020 1.2/6 3.80 0.7 1.95 1.9 5.75 [30]

Season 2[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Lego Masters
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
Ref(s)
1 "LEGO Day Parade" June 1, 2021 0.5 1.69 0.4 1.23 0.9 2.92 [32]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result Ref.
2020 Critics' Choice Real TV Awards Best Competition Series Lego Masters Nominated [33]
Best Show Host Will Arnett Nominated [33]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program Rich Kim (for "Mega City Block") Nominated [34]
Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured Reality or Competition Program Samantha Diamond, Dan Hancox, Karl Kimbrough, Ian Kaufman, Kevin Benson, Josh Young and Jon Bilicki (for "Mega City Block") Nominated [35]
2021 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Reality Show Lego Masters Nominated [36]

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