American Grit: Season 1 (2016)

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American Grit

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Air date: Apr 14, 2016

In the series premiere, four military heroes meet the 16 men and women who will face several tough military and survival challenges throughout the series.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2016

The next challenge is revealed and the losing teams must send one team member to compete in "The Circus."

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Air date: Apr 28, 2016

The next evolution is revealed and forces the competitors to think on their feet as they break down and set up camp.

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Air date: May 5, 2016

Memorization is tested in the next evolution as the competitors must memorize and recreate a specific set of symbols.

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Air date: May 12, 2016

Survival skills, decision making and teamwork are tested as the contestants create shelter, purify water and build a fire in their next challenge.

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Air date: May 19, 2016

The competitors face a test of strategy and teamwork as they are challenged to cross a 60-yard field without touching the ground with their feet.

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Air date: May 26, 2016

A surprise evolution awaits the remaining contestants, who need to be ready to go at any time. Later: they are led to a secret location and challenged to navigate through a series of check points while the cadre leaders sit out.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2016

The teams battle in capture the flag, where the winner is safe from "The Circus" and gets a surprise visit from a family member.

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Air date: Jun 9, 2016

In the Season 1 finale, the final teams tackle four grueling obstacles before taking on the final evolution challenge, in which they must suspend themselves upside-down above a waterfall and cross a wire. Later: they enter "The Circus" for the final time, but will have to run it twice to complete it.

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Air date: Sep 9, 2016

In the season finale, the final teams enter "The Circus" for the final time, but will have to run it twice to complete it.

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In Season 1 of this reality competition series, host John Cena and four military heroes put 16 men and women through several tough military and survival challenges.

Cast & Crew

Maria Kang
Brooke Van Paris
Marc Lobliner
Kimberly Joy "KJoy" Lipson
Cameron Zagami
Mark Bouquin
Tony Simmons
Ashley Hazlett
Tabatha Chandler
Lisa Traugott
Clare Painter
David Neville
Mario Robinson
Ivette Saucedo
Anthony Carbone
Jon Kroll
Simon Thomas
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Critic Reviews for American Grit Season 1

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

There's a certain flair in the way Cena speaks, fluently, the language of military veterans. Better still, there's genuine grace in the way he lets the veterans themselves do most the talking.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

With Cena and a sense of pervasive patriotic boosterism, American Grit seems like it should be a home-run with a more conservative segment of the population.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Cena brings energy and earnestness to the hosting chores, as do the mentors. Yet barring audiences forging some unforeseen bond with the by-the-numbers competitors, American Grit seems too familiar and derivative.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Alas, like The Challenge, producers apparently cast at least a couple contestants for their ability to stir up trouble.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

American Grit is sluggishly paced, and plays like one of those weeks on Survivor when everyone is just waiting for the visit from their "loved ones" so they can cry and hug a little before the next test of strength.

Nov 17, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a competition to see which of these men and women can prove themselves to be as tough as their military heroes. It's also, seemingly, a competition to see how respectful John Cena can be of those same military heroes.

Nov 18, 2020 | Full Review…

Some will question what they see here, given the the intensity of the challenges and the potential harm they can cause. Nonetheless, there's lots of adrenaline here, which many viewers will find entertaining.

Nov 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

American Gritbuilds a wonderful first hour that not only establishes the world and this new competition, butalso does an excellent job of setting up [an]epic fall.

Jun 28, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for American Grit: Season 1

  • Dec 22, 2016
    Episode 1 was called "One of the best 1st episodes in reality TV history."

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