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The Challenge (formerly known as Road Rules: All Stars, followed by Real World/Road Rules Challenge) is a reality game show on MTV that is spun off from the network's two reality shows, Real World and Road Rules. It features alumni from these two shows, in addition to first-time cast members called 'Fresh Meat', alumni from Are You the One?, and relatives of these cast members called 'Bloodlines', competing against one another for a cash prize. The Challenge is currently hosted by T. J. Lavin. The series premiered on June 1, 1998. The title of the show was originally Road Rules: All Stars before it was renamed Real World/Road Rules Challenge by the show's 2nd season, then later abridged to simply The Challenge by the show's 19th season. The series initially used no hosts but instead a former cast member who had been kicked off his or her season, providing assignments as "Mr." or "Ms. Big" (David "Puck" Rainey, David Edwards, and Gladys Sanabria served this role). Later on, however, the series began using hosts: Eric Nies and Mark Long co-hosted a season, and Jonny Moseley and Dave Mirra hosted various seasons before T. J. Lavin became the show's regular host by the 11th season.

Since the 4th season, each season has supplied the show with a unique subtitle, such as Rivals. Each season consists of a format and theme whereby the subtitle is derived. Of each season's format and theme, 8 have been repeated or revamped through sequel seasons with shared subtitles. In chronological order, these include: Battle of the Sexes (tied to Battle of the Sexes II, the show's first sequel season); The Inferno (tied to The Inferno II and The Inferno III, the show's first trilogy); The Gauntlet (tied to The Gauntlet II and The Gauntlet III); The Duel (tied to The Duel II); Fresh Meat (tied to Fresh Meat II), Battle of the Seasons (tied to the second Battle of the Seasons); Rivals (tied to Rivals II and Rivals III); and Battle of the Exes (tied to Battle of the Exes II).

32 Seasons, 447 Episodes
June 1, 1998
Action & Adventure, Celebrity & Entertainment, Game Show, Health & Fitness, Mini-Series, Reality, Sports
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Cast: T.J. Lavin, Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio, Chris 'C.T.' Tamburello, Aneesa Ferreira
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  • Challenge legends continue to wreak havoc on the game; one player uses the power of the grenade to threaten the competition, creating a powerful vendetta in the process.

  • When one of the players falls ill, their true strength in the game is tested. Kayleigh is fed up with her vendetta Melissa, whose antics culminate in an explosive fight that rocks the Challenge house.

  • Brad and Britni plan to win the game while the others plot their demise; a player gets caught stealing.

  • Natalie balances a budding romance with her desire to prove herself as a strong competitor. An injured Melissa finds comfort with Nicole, but her true motives are questioned by her vendetta, Kayleigh.

  • When three players earn power, their vendettas worry about becoming easy targets. Marie’s romance with Kyle is threatened by her enemy, Cara Maria. TJ reveals a massive new twist that will explode the game.

  • In the Season 31 premiere, past feuds and grudges come back to haunt 28 eager "Challenge" competitors, all vying for their share of $500,000. Romance is in the air at the Challenge house, but so is revenge, as the players plot their next moves.

  • The last players standing compete in one final test of agility, tenacity, endurance and strength. One team takes home $150,000 for the their charities, and is named the winner of Champs vs. Stars.

  • A new player arrives to join the competition, while one of the teams struggle to keep themselves together. The Champs and Stars partake in an extremely physical challenge. Meanwhile, a newly formed alliance threatens to change the course of the game.

  • Challenge All-Stars meet a new group of professional athletes, Olympic medalists, and entertainment high rollers in a high stakes competition all in the name of charity…and their own personal bragging rights. One contestant gets taken out of the show

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