The Hero: Season 1 (2013)


Season 1
The Hero

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Dwayne Johnson heroically tries to inject some gravitas into this slick reality competition, but not even the star's bulky charisma can hide that the series' central conceit is muddled.

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Episodes

Air date: Jun 6, 2013

TNT Presents: "Hero: Episode 101"

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Air date: Jun 13, 2013

The contestants must push an all-terrain vehicle through Colón, Panama. They must also fly in helicopters and maneuver through a dry dock as it fills with rushing water.

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Air date: Jun 20, 2013

TNT Presents: "Trust" With trust issues already growing, contestants are offered temptations as they navigate the Panamanian jungle and handle huge snakes in the Team Challenge.

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Air date: Jun 27, 2013

After a twist is revealed, the aspiring heroes must leap off a building and climb up an abandoned elevator shaft. Also: an open-water swim in the ocean.

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Air date: Jul 11, 2013

Tensions spike when the players must take a lie-detector test about one another. Also: A contestant must endure tear gas.

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Air date: Jul 18, 2013

The players' skills with primitive weapons are put to the test. Also: an excursion through a perilous underground cave.

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Air date: Jul 25, 2013

The players rappel down a skyscraper. They also face a very difficult decision.

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Air date: Aug 1, 2013

TNT Presents: "Finale" The contestants are reunited before America's vote is revealed for "The Hero." There can only be one. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson serves as mentor and motivator to the contestants.

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Critic Reviews for The Hero Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (8)

The Hero turns out to be lots of talk and relatively little action. Too much time is spent either in the "Hero Penthouse" or "The War Room," where the trash talk flows like honey.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Once you get past the fact that the title is an unfortunate delusion, The Hero gives you a pretty decent reality competition show.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

After just one episode, the squabbling between the contestants was already getting on my nerves, making it hard to imagine tuning in week after week to see who's going to come up the victor.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Unlikely as it might seem, this Panama-based reality competition series hosted by Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson is becoming absorbing viewing.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

What makes a hero?... The Hero, starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, taps into these questions, but it so often does so in a manipulative, predictable, boring way that you might not want to stick around for the answers.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The participants (who include a pro wrestler and a cheerleader) are a straight-from-central-casting bunch, and before we've even gotten to know them, they engage in an inordinate amount of bickering.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

They usually have no hesitation in admitting they're there for the money. Which, if they ever take it for themselves on this show, somehow makes them less than a hero? Whatever.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Like ABC's late, lamented Glass House, the competitors must play two games -- one against their housemates, another for viewers at home, who will decide a winner. Gentle backstabbing only, please.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The Hero is not all that exciting but the production values are top-notch and the location (Panama) somewhat unique.

Jun 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The show ultimately succeeds due to its host -- The Rock is as charismatic as ever, and that goes a long way. The Hero certainly isn't the best reality show we've ever seen, but it's entertaining and fun, and probably worth a look.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Hero's constant focus on money makes it seem more centered on greed than generosity, despite the donations that are being given to charity thanks to its efforts. It also creates an atmosphere where unselfish behaviors are often viewed with suspicion.

Jun 11, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The editing, producing, and/or coaching may be to blame, too, because that annoying, constant conflict was pretty much all the premiere focused on.

Mar 5, 2020 | Full Review…

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