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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
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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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1 January 1989 (USA) See more »

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John Ferraro's idea for "American Gladiators" was inspired by the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger film "The Running Man"; although, Champion bodybuilder and Hollywood superstar, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was not offered to be on the show. See more »

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Referenced in Ellen: Gladiators (1995) See more »

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Lotsa fun!
4 April 2001 | by The Fox-2See all my reviews

The first time I saw "American Gladiators," I was skeptical. The show seemed cheap and I didn't think it would last. I mean, they stopped a Powerball game to staple a scoring bucket back together! From such humble beginnings came one of the most successful syndicated shows of the '90s, not to mention one of my personal favorites.

"AG" was a whole lot of fun to watch, with competitors from all walks of life competing against each other and the colorful Gladiators to prove their athletic superiority. Though the Gladiators wore glitzy red, white, and blue spandex outfits, their own personalities were allowed to shine, instead of adopting some carefully crafted persona like a professional wrestler would have. I think that it made them feel more real. In later years, they would profile some of the Gladiators, which further showed that Gladiators were people, too.

As the show gained popularity, the sets became more elaborate and sophisticated. Gone were the flimsy Powerball cylinders and shrubbery that was often a contender's undoing in Assault. New games were also added; from the bungee craze-inspired Swingshot to the shoulder-popping Whiplash. And from season to season, more grueling versions of the final event, the Eliminator, were born.

By the mid '90s, international versions of the show popped up in the United Kingdom and Australia, and other countries like Germany, South Africa, Russia, and Finland had their own versions, which seemed to cement the broad appeal of the Gladiators concept.

"AG" seemed to just fade from TV screens all of a sudden, and the Gladiators were reduced to performing in dinner theater shows in Orlando. I don't know if they even do THAT anymore. I wish that someone someday will see fit to release the shows on video.


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