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Fear Factor

Fear Factor

Photo Credit:  NBC
  • Premiered: 
    June 11, 2001
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  • Network: NBC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Dutch series (Now or Neverland) 
  • Subject Matter: Participation
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Plot Synopsis

Four teams of two compete against each other in a series of fear-inducing elimination challenges as they vie for the $50,000 cash prize. Competitors must decide if they have the determination to face their most primal fears, as they are presented with a series of challenges that include the notorious big physical stunts that test the limits of the contestants' physical endurance and the ever-popular gross stunts that test their mental resolve. If fear stops them from completing a stunt or they fail the mission, they are immediately eliminated while the other pairs advance. The last team standing wins the cash prize. In the new season, the fear-inducing stunts include: hanging from a speeding helicopter; retrieving and eating scorpions; being strapped to the grill of a semi truck; escaping a submerged car; climbing on top of a moving bus and being yanked off by a helicopter that drops them into a speeding boat; being catapulted off a building towards a cargo net as they release flags; one team member lies covered with hundreds of snakes and the other transfers the snakes with his/her mouth; and completing a jet ski to helicopter flag transfer. Plus, each 60-minute program includes teams that have a common theme, such as families, business professionals, and beauty-and-the-geek couples. After showing no new shows since September 2006, NBC scared up new episodes of FEAR FACTOR by bringing the program back for a seventh season with back-to-back episodes on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 8pm ET/PT.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Endemol USA