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American Gladiators 

The teams compete in such events as Power Ball, Assault, The Wall and Hang Tough. The Eliminator round decides the winner of the tournament.
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Series cast summary:
Mike Adamle ...  Himself - Host 149 episodes, 1989-1996
Jim Starr Jim Starr ...  Laser 127 episodes, 1990-1996
Raye Hollitt Raye Hollitt ...  Zap 110 episodes, 1989-1995
Larry Thompson Larry Thompson ...  Himself (Referee) / ... 106 episodes, 1991-1994
Lee Reherman ...  Hawk 104 episodes, 1991-1996
Galen Tomlinson Galen Tomlinson ...  Turbo 101 episodes, 1991-1996
Lori Fetrick Lori Fetrick ...  Ice 96 episodes, 1991-1996
Danny Lee Clark ...  Nitro / ... 95 episodes, 1989-1996
Michael M. Horton Michael M. Horton ...  Gemini 81 episodes, 1989-1993
Larry Csonka Larry Csonka ...  Himself - Host / ... 78 episodes, 1991-1993
Daz Crawford ...  Diesel 77 episodes, 1993-1996
Erika Andersch Erika Andersch ...  Diamond 70 episodes, 1991-1993
Sha-Ri Pendleton Sha-Ri Pendleton ...  Blaze / ... 69 episodes, 1989-1993
Steve Henneberry Steve Henneberry ...  Tower 65 episodes, 1991-1994
John Harlan John Harlan ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 65 episodes, 1990-1993
Shirley Eson Shirley Eson ...  Sky 60 episodes, 1993-1996
Lynn 'Red' Williams ...  Sabre 60 episodes, 1993-1996
Marisa Pare Marisa Pare ...  Lace 60 episodes, 1989-1993


A seasonal competition in which two men and two women compete against each other and a roster of "American Gladiators". Events include, The Assault, Joust, The Wall, Breakthrough and Conquer, Hang Tough, Powerball, and many others, all culminating in the final event, "The Eliminator", a difficult obstacle course race. Every season there is a tournament to determine its "Grand Champion". For two seasons, there was an "International" competition taped in England where the champions from 4-6 countries competed similarly. Written by Brian Reiss <reissbrl@notes.udayton.edu>

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During the first season, producers made a deal with Universal Studios. The deal was to make American Gladiators (1989) part of the tour, in exchange for, free publicity on the show. See more »


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I'd Love for the Show to Come Back
17 February 2005 | by RestlessRustSee all my reviews

After discovering the show sometime around '94, I watched every episode, including the reruns that were on at the time. The varied competitions made it something of an athletic game show, and it was always entertaining. My favorite was always the Eliminator.

Some people have expressed uncertainty as to why this show left the air. Well, watching the reruns you will never realize it, but the big problem with the show was that near the end new episodes became something of a rarity. The "International Gladiators" specials became more and more common, which eroded their mystique and made them somewhat dull. But in the end it seemed like every week (and I mean EVERY week) was a rerun--especially of the episode with Dean Cain, which must have shown at least twenty times. (An exaggeration perhaps, but not much of one.) So yes, the show was canceled without much fanfare, but that's because most viewers thought the show was already over. One new episode every couple of months isn't enough to hold viewers--I don't care how popular the show is.

I was just thinking about the show the other day and how neat it would be to have a traveling version of Gladiators that would work similarly to American Idol. Perhaps it's just nostalgia on my part, but I think it would be quite cool.

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