The Apprentice: Season 1 (2004)


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Air date: Jan 8, 2004

Part 1 of this 15-part reality series: all 16 would-be business tycoons begin work for "master" Donald Trump (who'll fire one at the end of each program). They all live together in a Manhattan loft apartment but work in eight-person teams by day, performing various tasks out of Manhattan's Trump Tower. Their first assignment: go to the floor of the New York Stock Exchange...and sell lemonade. Executive producer: Mark Burnett ("Survivor").

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Air date: Jan 15, 2004

A sexually provocative ad campaign divides the would-be tycoons, who get a taste of corporate jet-setting. But a slacker among the 14 apprentices who remain falls asleep on the job, so "master" Donald Trump pares the field to 13.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2004

Donald Trump shows candidate No. 3 the executive suite's door after an hour in which tempers flare and an underdog takes charge.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2004

Business ethics are on the menu (and Donald Trump eats candidate No. 4 for lunch) when the teams are tasked with running a restaurant.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2004

Big changes precede this week's task: selling at a flea market. And the losing team is testier than ever in the meeting at which candidate No. 5 is Trumped.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2004

Protege and VersaCorp vie to raise money for charity at a Sotheby's celebrity auction. One of the project managers is too controlling, and one of the apprentices is out of control around celebrities. But a romance begins to blossom.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2004

The task: renovating and leasing New York City apartments that are decidedly unlike the Master's Trump Tower penthouse. Squabbles erupt over which apartments to rent, and illness becomes an issue.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2004

The task: marketing a new product. The winners will fly high in the Trump helicopter, while the losers face a bruising boardroom session before The Donald tells Apprentice No. 8, "You're fired."

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Air date: Mar 4, 2004

The task: Pick an artist and sell his/her art at a gallery. One of the artists chosen does controversial work and one of the project managers makes a controversial decision. There's also a food fight, of sorts, before Mr. Trump tells Apprentice No. 9: "You're fired."

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Air date: Mar 11, 2004

The task: operating a rickshaw pedicab service. There are ethical battles and morale-boosting schemes. Meanwhile, two candidates jockey for position aboard a yacht and another visits an ailing parent in the hospital before Apprentice No. 10 hears those dreaded two words ("You're fired").

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George Ross
Mark Burnett
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Critic Reviews for The Apprentice Season 1

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

The Apprentice USA is a very diverting reality show.

Feb 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The whole thing is pretty cheesy, but I could see "The Apprentice" becoming addictive a few episodes in.

May 3, 2019 | Full Review…

[Burnett's] not only managed to set the standard for reality television with "Survivor" and continually raise the bar each season as he changes the show, but with The Apprentice he's managed to completely blow that bar away.

Jun 12, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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