The Titan Games
|The Titan Games|
|Created by||Dwayne Johnson|
|Presented by||Dwayne Johnson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Production location(s)||Irwindale Event Center|
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original release||January 3, 2019 –|
The Titan Games is a sports competition series which premiered on NBC on January 3, 2019. Hosted by Dwayne Johnson, the show features people from across America competing in endurance-based mental and physical challenges of "epic proportions" for the title of Titan. At the end of the season, Titans will compete to "become the last male and female standing." The show is marketed with the tagline "Titans aren't born, They're Made."
On September 16, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a second season.
When announced by NBC in February 2018, the press release claimed it would be similar to NBC's 2008 remake of American Gladiators where contenders try to defeat an existing Titan, but is was not the case; newly-victorious Titans would then defend their titles in future episodes.
Competition obstacles were inspired by Johnson's personal workouts.
In each episode, four male and four female contestants compete to be named Titans. In each of four preliminary heats, two men or two women compete head-to-head; the two male winners and two female winners then compete on an obstacle course named Mount Olympus. However, the loser would take the winners' place if the winner suffers an injury and retires after winning the preliminary race. Ultimately, one male and one female Titan will be crowned, winning $100,000 each.
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Atlas Smash: Contestants race to haul up two large concrete balls 25 feet. Each has the option to whittle down the balls with a large hammer to reduce the weight they need to lift.
Cyclone: Contestants race to knock down five pillars, each two stories tall, with a 60-lb wrecking ball.
Hammering Ram: Contestants use 10 lb hammers to pound against a metal plate, releasing a 350-lb battering ram to knock down a wooden door. The person who knocks it down first will then grab the victory chain. Championship: Contestants had to first release the sledgehammer from underneath three 100-pound boxes. They then had to use the sledgehammer to pound two metal plates, each releasing half of the battering ram.
Heavy Metal: Contestants must drag 350 pounds of metal chains up a 30-foot incline, with the weight being progressively added on with each step. After they reach the top, they must crank up a 100-lb block.
Herculean Pull: Contestants race to pull out two 100-lb poles from a central structure, then move on to pull out the golden pole that is 9.5 feet above the ground, a blind tug of war with the other contestant.
Lunar Impact: Contestants must climb up a ladder that is two stories high, then push against a large metal wall with their opponent on the other side. The one to overpower the other and push them off the platform wins.
Off the Rails: Contestants must pull themselves on a 200-pound sled along a 60-foot rail, collecting 50-pound beams along the way. By the end, they are pulling 600 pounds. They then have to turn around and go back across the rail by throwing and hooking an anchor, then pulling the sled forward. The first one to pull the victory chain wins.
Power Vault: Contestants use large metal poles to vault across five 15-foot gaps, then push over 750 pounds of weight to uncover a golden pole. They then must race back across the same gaps, plant the pole, and climb up it to pull the victory chain.
Tower Drop: Contestants race up a large tower, having to pull out seven 15-foot poles as they ascend. Once they reach the top, they must pull out the golden pole wedged underneath a 50-lb ball. After pulling it out, they can pull the victory chain at the top of the tower.
Uprising: Contestants are each strapped to a 40-pound anvil. They must run forward to lift the anvil to break through a series of concrete barriers, and the anvil must be driven up at a speed of at least 10 mph (16km/h). The third barrier consists of is two concrete slabs. After all slabs are broken, the momentum should enable them to pull the victory chain. Championship: The second, third, and fourth barriers are all two concrete slabs thick.
Vortex: Contestants race to raise up a large spider web-esque vortex of chains, before ascending the structure to reach the top. Some segments have metal bars making it easier to climb, but are placed in a more indirect path. The first to reach the victory chain wins.
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Competitors must overcome a total of seven obstacles:
- The competitors sprint across the arena to knock over a 1,000-pound wall, then push three 150-pound grates uphill, and walk over to side to proceed forward
- Contestants then climb over the "Rolling Ascent," a series of large, rotating cylinders.
- Contestants must scale "The Cliffs," creating their own handholds and footholds.
- Contestants must use a crank to lift up a 600-pound torch.
- Contestants must slide down slides, separated by 5-foot, 6-foot, and 7-foot walls, to return to the arena floor.
- They must drag a sledgehammer attached to a ball-and-chain (250 pounds for men, 200 pounds for women).
- Finally, they use the sledgehammer to crack open the concrete slab covering the "Titan relic", the show's logo insignia.
The first contestant to place the relic into his or her pedestal, and turn it like a key, so the T-sign logo faces the camera, is declared a Titan.
In the Championship, the weight of the initial wall was increased to 1,200 pounds, and the ball-and-chain weight was increased to 350 pounds for the men and 300 pounds for the women. Also, to access the ball-and-chain, they had to pull on horizontal chains to lift a 500-pound cage.
|1–2||"Let The Titan Games Begin: Trials 1"||January 3, 2019||1.8/8||6.50||0.5||1.31||2.3||7.82|
|3||"The Titan Games: Trials 2"||January 10, 2019||1.6/7||5.72||0.4||N/A||2.0||N/A|
|4||"The Titan Games: Trials 3"||January 17, 2019||1.3/6||4.88||0.4||1.14||1.7||6.03|
|5||"The Titan Games: Trials 4"||January 24, 2019||1.2/6||4.66||0.3||0.93||1.5||5.61|
|6||"The Titan Games: Trials 5"||January 31, 2019||1.1/5||4.65||0.3||0.84||1.4||5.49|
|7||"The Titan Games: Trials 6"||February 7, 2019||1.0/5||4.10||0.3||N/A||1.3||N/A|
|8||"The Titan Games: Trials 7"||February 14, 2019||1.1/5||4.35||0.3||0.86||1.4||5.21|
|9||"The Titan Games: Battle of the Titans"||February 21, 2019||1.1/5||4.32||0.3||0.83||1.4||5.15|
|10||"The Titan Games: The Titan Games Championship"||February 28, 2019||1.0/5||4.48||0.4||0.92||1.4||5.40|
On September 16, 2019, NBC officially renewed the series for a second season. Dwayne Johnson stated that season two would have a new arena, new challenges, and new competitors.
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