Previously known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge, The Challenge is MTV’s no-holds-barred competitive gauntlet that pits reality TV stars against one another to win a big cash prize.
Since its inception, various extreme challenges put reality stars through the wringer in a bloodbath of egos that MTV reality TV is famous for. And because it’s 35 seasons in, it proves to be the biggest challenge yet, with contestants from The Real World, Are You the One?, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Geordie Shore, Ex on the Beach, Shipwrecked, Survival of the Fittest, and So You Think You Can Dance fighting for that sweet million-dollar prize.
Here’s everything you need to know to stream The Challenge.
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What is The Challenge?
Previously known as Real World/Road Rules Challenge, the program is a spin-off of two reality shows The Real World and Road Rules. The show was originally only 30 minutes long but expanded to an hour in 2008. Starting in 2019, the show expanded yet again to 90 minutes an episode.
- Launched: June 1998
- Channel: MTV
- Genre: Reality/Competition
- Starring: Presented by T.J. Lavin
- Seasons: 35
- Status: Pending
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What the critics are saying
- “By colliding these long-running arcs with the carefree antics of bright-eyed millennials, a new, more fascinating dynamic emerges, one where the veterans begin recognizing their old behavior in these new faces. Last season, a betrayal against Bananas by the younger Raines served to shatter their mentor/mentee relationship, one we’ve watched blossom across multiple seasons. It’s easy to call it scripted, but, while network manipulation is inevitable, there’s a curious sense of trust that develops over the years with these people, if only because we’ve watched them grow.” –Randall Colburn, Consequence of Sound
How to stream The Challenge
MTV is available on a handful of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming.
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