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American Grit 

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Four teams of four regular Americans being lead by four military veterans compete in obstacles to see who has what it takes to have American Grit.




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American Grit is a physical, military-based reality competition, hosted by wrestling superstar John Cena. 16 American contestants are divided into four teams of four, which are all lead by four separate American military service people. The four team leaders/coaches consist of an Army Ranger sniper, a Navy Seal team leader, a Marine Corps sergeant, and an Army sergeant - all of whom have seen combat, and all of whom are highly decorated. The contestants will have to fight through challenge after challenge, all of which are modeled after real military training platforms, while dealing with the elements of the wilderness - not to mention each other. At the end of each episode, the team leaders of the 3 losing teams will pick a contestant from their team to run the dreaded Circus obstacle course. The obstacle course stays the same throughout the competition, but the "endurance challenge" at the end of the Circus changes from week to week. A contestant cannot be voted or kicked out of ... Written by brandon hutson

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14 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Washington State, USA


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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16 : 9
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The "Dunking Challenge" in the premiere episode of Season 2 actually lasted a total of 38 minutes. The competitors ("Gritters") were dunked a total of 10 ten times - with the 9th and 10th dunking being the longest and deepest dunk (at 5 secs underwater and lowered to the waist). See more »

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A Competition That Feels Like A Recruiting Ad For The U.S. Military
10 May 2016 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

This competition show pits four teams, led by representatives of the various military services, against each other in physical contests designed to show whether or not they have American grit. Presumably American grit is different from the grit of other nationalities. But there is ample evidence to demonstrate that Aussies, Russians, Brits, etc. all have shown remarkable courage and determination in trying circumstances.

Hosted by John Cena,who has more than a token role and is a strong presence throughout the show, AG feels like a recruiting ad for the U.S. military, with language dripping in nationalism, patriotism, militarism and jingoism. It takes care to draw a line between the military way of doing things and the civilian way.

The team leaders are a Navy SEAL, a Marine gunnery sergeant, an Army ranger sniper, and an Army sergeant. The latter is Noah Galloway, who competed on "Dancing with the Stars". The winning team is promised a $1,000,000 prize.

The tasks are grueling and sometimes require strategy. The strategic element is undermined somewhat by the insistence of host and leaders that the military way is always the best way, which means "follow orders". Following orders is essential to military methods, in which each solider must subjugate his own goals and ego to the goals of the team. This fails to recognize superior decision making or strategizing by subordinates, because decisions are made at the top of the command structure.

Those with a military background may appreciate the show because of its approach to competition. Those who appreciate the American ideal of the strong individual might enjoy more other competition shows like "American Ninja Warrior" or "Strong".

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