American Gladiators (1989–1997)

TV Series  -   -  Action | Game-Show | Sport
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 1,021 users  
Reviews: 12 user | 4 critic

The teams compete in such events as Power Ball, Assault, The Wall and Hang Tough. The Eliminator round decides the winner of the tournament.

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 35 titles
created 14 Oct 2011
 
a list of 41 titles
created 02 Jun 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 03 Jan 2013
 
a list of 36 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 42 titles
created 3 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: American Gladiators (1989–1997)

American Gladiators (1989–1997) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of American Gladiators.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



Unknown   8   7   6   5   4   3   1  
Unknown   1996   1995   1994   … See all »
2 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jeopardy! (TV Series 1984)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A quiz show with a twist: contestants are provided with the answers. But what are the right questions?

Stars: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire
Action | Adventure | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.9/10 X  

The Legion to Ensure Total Harmony and Law (L.E.T.H.A.L.), is tracking a criminal mastermind known only as The Warrior. While investigating his combination diamond smuggling/art theft/porn ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Sidaris
Stars: Kevin Light, Cristian Letelier, Julie Strain
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest. They then have to answer 15 ... See full summary »

Stars: Regis Philbin, Rick Rosner, Danny Bonaduce
American Gladiators (TV Series 2008)
Action | Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Stars: Hulk Hogan, Laila Ali, Alex Castro
Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  
Directors: Barry Hirschberg, Elizabeth Hirschberg
Stars: AJ!, Jeff Beith, Buddy Smith
Deadliest Warrior (TV Series 2009)
Action | Game-Show | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The great warriors of history are examined for fantasy combat simulations.

Stars: Geoff Desmoulin, Armand Dorian, Max Geiger
Deal or No Deal (2005–2010)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

26 sums of money, 26 suitcases and one question: Deal or no deal

Stars: Howie Mandel, Patricia Kara, Marisa Petroro
Fear Factor I (TV Series 2001)
Game-Show | Reality-TV | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

In each pulse-racing "Fear Factor" episode, contestants (sometimes solo, often paired with spouses, siblings or best friends) recruited from across the nation must decide if they have the ... See full summary »

Stars: Joe Rogan, Todd Staples, Jon Dalton
Gladiator (1992)
Action | Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Tommy Riley has moved with his dad to Chicago from a 'nice place'. He keeps to himself, goes to school. However, after a street fight he is noticed and quickly falls into the world of illegal underground boxing - where punches can kill.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Cuba Gooding Jr., Brian Dennehy, James Marshall
Gladiators (1992–2000)
Action | Game-Show | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Members of the public are pitted against superfit Gladiators in trials of strength, speed and stamina.

Stars: Ulrika Jonsson, John Sachs, John Anderson
Gladiators II (TV Series 2008)
Game-Show | Reality-TV | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Stars: Ian Wright, Nick Aldis, Lucy Boggis
Action | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: John Medlen
Stars: Angelica Bridges, Chris Casamassa, Dana Hee
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Mike Adamle ...
 Himself - Host (149 episodes, 1989-1996)
Jim Starr ...
 Laser (127 episodes, 1990-1996)
Raye Hollitt ...
 Zap (110 episodes, 1989-1995)
Larry Thompson ...
 Himself (Referee) / ... (106 episodes, 1991-1994)
...
 Hawk (104 episodes, 1991-1996)
Galen Tomlinson ...
 Turbo (101 episodes, 1991-1996)
Lori Fetrick ...
 Ice (96 episodes, 1991-1996)
Danny Lee Clark ...
 Nitro / ... (95 episodes, 1989-1996)
Michael M. Horton ...
 Gemini (81 episodes, 1989-1993)
Larry Csonka ...
 Himself - Host / ... (78 episodes, 1991-1993)
...
 Diesel (77 episodes, 1993-1996)
Erika Andersch ...
 Diamond (70 episodes, 1991-1993)
Sha-Ri Pendleton ...
 Blaze / ... (69 episodes, 1989-1993)
Steve Henneberry ...
 Tower (65 episodes, 1991-1994)
John Harlan ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (65 episodes, 1990-1993)
Marisa Pare ...
 Lace (60 episodes, 1989-1993)
Shirley Eson ...
 Sky (60 episodes, 1993-1996)
Lynn 'Red' Williams ...
 Sabre (60 episodes, 1993-1996)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

contest | non fiction | See All (2) »


Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 September 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Amerikai gladiátorok  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

To hide their lack of an audience during the first season, the set designer had plywood set up around the arena, and had faces painted on the plywood to make it look like more people were in the audience. They also dimmed the lights to further the illusion. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Family Feud: American Gladiators See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I'd Love for the Show to Come Back
17 February 2005 | by (Dallas, TX) – See 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.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
American Gladiators on ESPN Classic kroschem
URGENT NEWS: ORIGINAL SIREN DEAD AT 39 American_Gladiator_Outlaw
Joseph 'Bam Bam' Mora VS. Mark Ortega... DawnOfTheDead1978
this show **NEEDS** to come back larson.72
do you remember that show with roller blades? stylezLP
Did you notice? jameswtu
Discuss American Gladiators (1989) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?