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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 Friday, September 27, 2019 from 8-10pm ET/PT, Discovery Channel premiered "2019 BattleBots World Championship," the season finale of BATTLEBOTS. A champion will be crowned, and a Giant Nut will be hoisted. Who will be? Quarterfinal matches include:

#1 Bite Force vs. #9 Lock Jaw
#2 Witch Doctor vs. #7 Sawblaze
#4 Tombstone vs. #5 Whiplash
#14 Minotaur vs. #6 Death Roll


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Whalerock Industries
  • Distributed internationally by MGM Television