Fear Factor is an American sports stunt/dare reality game show. It originally aired between 2001 and 2006, when it was canceled. It was later revived in 2011, only to be cancelled again on May 13, 2012. After its second cancellation, a two-part special aired in July 2012. The original Dutch version was called Now or Neverland. When Endemol USA and NBC adapted it to the American market in 2001, they changed the name to Fear Factor. The show pits contestants against each other in a variety of stunts for a grand prize, usually of US $50,000. From Seasons One to Five, the contestants were generally three men and three women, all competing for themselves, but in Season Six, the show moved to a permanent format of four teams of two people, each with a pre-existing relationship with one another. The show was hosted by comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, executive produced by Matt Kunitz and David A. Hurwitz and directed by J. Rupert Thompson.
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Season 1Hulu | MTV | Tubi TV | Rent or Buy
S01 E03Jun 25, 2001
Jet Ski to Helicopter/Eat Beetles/Rope Crawl Jun 25, 2001 The contestant will grab the skid of the helicopter and must pull themselves into the belly of the helicopter within 2 minutes. The number of pins that are left up after a ball is rolled represents the number of live beetles that each contestant will eat.
S01 E04Jul 2, 2001
Net Jump/Eat Worms/Tunnel Crawl Jul 2, 2001 Each contestant will climb a one hundred and ten foot tower, step out onto a plank and jump to a cargo net that is twice the distance of their body away from the net. Each contestant will be asked to eat 6 worms in 4 minutes.
S01 E10Sep 6, 2001
Trapeze; Pig Feast; Traverse Sep 6, 2001 Stunt #1: Trapeze Contestants would have to use specially placed handholds to climb to the top of a 35-foot telephone pole. Once on top, they would have to jump 1½ times their body length, grab a trapeze, and hang on for 5 seconds. Everyone who completed this stunt within 15 minutes would advance to the next round. Stunt #2: Pig Feast Contestants would each have to select a fortune cookie which contained a strip of paper with a pig part written on it. The part written on the paper would be the pig part they would have to eat. The parts were liver, kidney, heart, ear, tongue, and snout. Everyone who ate their pig part in 4 minutes would advance to the finals. Stunt #3: Traverse As a semi truck drove down a highway at 45 miles per hour, contestants would have to climb across the side of the trailer using specially placed handholds. When they got to the end, they would have to climb up on top of the truck. The contestant to do this the fastest would win the $50,000.
S01 E10Sep 5, 2001
Pole to Trapeze/Pig Feast/Traverse Truck Sep 5, 2001 Each contestant will climb a 35 foot power pole, they must stand on top. Each contestant will select a fortune cookie, each fortune is inscribed with a different pig part. The contestant stands on a skid at the back of a semi-truck.
Season 2Hulu | MTV | Rent or Buy
S02 E01Nov 28, 2001
Bus Surfing; Torture Cell; Swinging Circle (Celebrity Edition) Nov 28, 2001 This episode featured six celebrity contestants competing for charity. The winner would receive $50,000 for their charity, and the others would receive $25,000 for their charities. Stunt #1: Bus Surfing As a double-decker bus swerved through a deserted city street, contestants would have to maneuver around atop the bus and collect flags from the edges of the roof. Flags that contestants grabbed while on their knees would not count. The two men and the two women to collect the most flags would advance to the next round. The others would be eliminated. Stunt #2: Torture Cell Contestants would have to stick their heads in a Plexiglas box with hundreds of super worms, 40 millipedes, and 20 emperor scorpions. Everyone who stayed in the box for three minutes would advance to the finals. Stunt #3: Swinging Circle Contestants would have to walk the circumference of a tilted circular balance beam hanging over 100 feet above the ground. The contestant get around the circle fastest would