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Photo Credit:  ABC/David Moir
  • Premiered: 
    June 21, 2015
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Updated version of BattleBots 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: robots, engineering

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Plot Synopsis

With play-by-play analysis from Chris Rose and color commentary from Kenny Florian, homemade robots battle against each other in a single-elimination tournament-style format as the robot shrapnel flies in the BattleBox. Hosted by Molly McGrath (Season 1) and Samantha Ponder (Season 2), BATTLEBOTS features sideline reporters -- Jessica Chobot (Season 3), Allison Haislip (Seasons 1 & 2) and NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi (Season 1) -- covering every inch of the robot fighting competition. Judging each battle are former BATTLEBOTS competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis; the face of Nerdist, Jessica Chobot; and NASA astronaut Leland Melvin (Season 1) or a guest judge (Season 2). Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed presides as the bots go metal-a-metal. During the first night of the six-episode tournament, eight teams converge in an arena of minefield and hazards during the Qualifiers round. Each match consists of a single three-minute bout in which the goal is to completely destroy or disable the opponent. If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges declares a victor to move onto the next round.

Season 2 of BATTLEBOTS premiered on Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 8-10pm ET/PT on ABC. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return, and they are joined this season by ESPN's Samantha Ponder, who serves as the show's host in Season 2. Covering every inch of the robot fighting mayhem is sideline reporter Alison Haislip. Judging the battles are former BATTLEBOTS competitor & special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of Nerdist Jessica Chobot and a special guest judge for each round of the competition. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal. 48 builders representing four continents make up this year's field -- double the size of last year's tournament. With them they bring an unprecedented arsenal, innovative designs, destructive new weapons and for the first time in the history of robot-fighting tournaments, the launch of drone warfare. The competitors range from NASA engineers to teenage students and everyone in between -- each with one goal: to claim the ultimate title and walk away with the Giant Nut. Winners from the 24 matches in the qualifying round automatically advance, after which the selection committee picks eight wildcards from the losers to join them. Once the teams advance out of the qualifying round, it's single elimination all the way to the title.

BATTLEBOTS returned for an all-new season on Friday, May 11, 2018 at 8pm ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, May 16 at 9pm on Science Channel. The new season features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for supremacy in the rapidly exploding world of Robot Combat Sports. Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call all the action, while Jessica Chobot serves as the sideline reporter. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer. The metal munching mayhem is back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout in which the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor. Some of the returning favorites this season include Tombstone, Minotaur, Chomp, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, Bite Force, Yeti, and more. BattleBots highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship. Homemade robots built on a myriad of platforms and featuring a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics. The panel of judges for Season 3 includes: Alison Haislip, Naomi Kyle, Derek Young, Mark Setrakian, Lisa Winter, Bobak Ferdowsi, Grant Imahara, Simone Giertz, and Frank Ippolito.

BATTLEBOTS is set for its second season on Discovery Channel -- and its fourth season overall -- premiering on Friday, June 7, 2019 at 8pm ET/PT, while Science Channel airs the series on Wednesday nights from 8-10pm starting June 12. BATTLEBOTS features the world's biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for robot fighting supremacy. 2018 Champion Bite Force returns to defend its title against top competition including perennial contenders Tombstone, Minotaur, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, and Yeti. The play-by-play team of Chris Rose and Kenny Florian return to call all the action. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer. Jenny Taft joins the fun this season as the sideline reporter. Judges this season are Derek Young, Jason Bardis, and Lisa Winter. The season opener, "That's What You Call a KO!," kicks off the new season with 67 epic bots as they face off to become the 2019 BattleBots World Champion. The main event features Tombstone (2016 Champion) vs. Lock-Jaw (2-time Giant Nut winner).
On Thursday, February 20, 2020 Discovery Channel announced that the epic, robot-fighting series BATTLEBOTS returns bigger than ever before -- with an unprecedented 50 hours of programming with competitors from around the world who will face off to prove who is the ultimate robot-building genius on Friday, May 15 at 8 PM ET/PT

This season, BATTLEBOTS will host the largest international field in its 20-year history, as over 80 robots from a dozen countries will attempt to win the sport's most prestigious prize, The Giant Nut. This year's builders will stop at nothing to take down the competition with custom-made weaponry like metal-scorching flamethrowers, hydraulic flippers and spinning blades with speeds reaching more than 200 mph. Fans will also witness never-seen-before technology, such as robots that can walk on legs and new designs to withstand even bigger blows. Last year's World Champion robot "Bite Force" will return to defend its title -- competing against innovative newcomers with groundbreaking designs as well as perennial crowd favorites like Tombstone, Witch Doctor, Death Roll, Lock-Jaw and SawBlaze. Each episode will highlight the design and build of the competing robots as well as the team behind them. Most incredible of all, every robot is homemade and constructed from a variety of materials with custom-built weaponry to destroy the competition. The teams come from all types of backgrounds -- from families to university students and everything in between. But one thing is certain -- they all experience the tension as they vie for a coveted spot in the 32-team, single elimination World Champion Tournament. Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian will be back once again to provide play-by-play commentary, while Faruq Tauheed will be back as the ring announcer.

"BATTLEBOTS is the perfect combination of engineering wit, cutting-edge design and adrenaline pumping entertainment," said Scott Lewers, EVP Multiplatform Programming Discovery Factual & Head of Content, Science. "It's the perfect show for the entire family to watch together. We're incredibly excited to work with the teams at BATTLEBOTS and Whalerock to bring it back bigger than ever before. Fans will be blown away by what they see."

"This massive order of 50 new hours is an incredible achievement for a 20-year-old brand; we're thrilled, and so are our millions of fans worldwide. Let the bot battles begin!" said Trey Roski, Co-Creator and Executive Producer for BATTLEBOTS Inc.

Tickets for BATTLEBOTS 2020 taking place April 3-15 in Long Beach CA. are available to the public and can be purchased by visiting the official page


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Whalerock Industries
  • Distributed internationally by MGM Television