History Series / Gladiators

28th Aug '17 10:29:46 AM palmer7
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* EditedForSyndication: Since reruns of the series debuted on the American diginet Charge!, it's been edited for time. "Another One Bites the Dust" is edited out, more commerical breaks are put in, and the closing credits are dramatically shortened.
27th Jul '17 11:48:57 AM palmer7
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** And now, the series (albeit severely edited) appears on MGM-owned diginet Charge!



** The theme song for the credits kept changing in the early seasons - the first season used a shortened version of the full theme song, season 2 used "The Power Rap", and season 3 onwards used "Tussle With The Muscle" (Which was slightly remixed for season 4).

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** The theme song for the credits kept changing in the early seasons - the first season used a shortened version of the full theme song, season 2 used "The Power Rap", and season 3 onwards used "Tussle With The Muscle" (Which was slightly remixed for season 4). Later closing themes include "The Boys Are Back In Town" and "The Gladiator Stomp".
* EditedForSyndication: Since reruns of the series debuted on the American diginet Charge!, it's been edited for time. "Another One Bites the Dust" is edited out, more commerical breaks are put in, and the closing credits are dramatically shortened.
5th Jul '17 3:11:26 PM Chris2K
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first series only featured six games - Atlaspheres, The Wall, Danger Zone, Swingshot, Hang Tough, and Duel - in that order in all episodes except Heat 6 {which played Danger Zone first, followed by The Wall, Duel, Atlaspheres, Swingshot, and then Hang Tough}). The Eliminator also went straight from the zip lines to the Travelator, rather than having the balance beams before it.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first series only featured six games - Atlaspheres, The Wall, Danger Zone, Swingshot, Hang Tough, and Duel - in that order in all episodes except Heat 6 {which played Danger Zone first, followed by The Wall, Duel, Atlaspheres, Swingshot, and then Hang Tough}).Tough. This was due to Warrior suffering an injury in the Atlaspheres event, which was filmed after he had already faced the heat contenders in Duel, therefore requiring Duel to be aired first to maintain continuity). The Eliminator also went straight from the zip lines to the Travelator, rather than having the balance beams before it.
4th Jul '17 12:59:57 PM Chris2K
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** The Wall in the first series - female competitors were given a 15 second head start, with the males only getting 10. From series two onwards, they both only get 10 seconds.

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** The Wall in the first series - female competitors were given a 15 20 second head start, with the males only getting 10. 15. From series two onwards, they both only get 10 seconds.seconds which increased the tension and made it less of a guaranteed points haul.
1st Jul '17 7:43:40 PM Hallwings
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* AdaptationExpansion: Look at the [[Series/AmericanGladiators American version]] in comparison, and you'll see a dramatically different show: the U.S. version felt more like a stylized version of something you'd see on ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' on a weekend afternoon (indeed, it often aired on weekend afternoons). The British version took the same basic format UpToEleven by turning it into a big-budget primetime spectacular. The U.S. viewers and contestants did get to experience the British version during the world championships and the revival, however.

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* AdaptationExpansion: Look at the [[Series/AmericanGladiators American version]] in comparison, and you'll see a dramatically different show: the U.S. version felt more like a stylized version of something you'd see on ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' on a weekend afternoon (indeed, it often aired on weekend afternoons). The British version took the same basic format UpToEleven by turning it into a big-budget primetime spectacular. The U.S. viewers and contestants contenders did get to experience the British version during the world championships International Gladiators and the revival, however.
1st Jul '17 11:43:57 AM themisterfree
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''Gladiators'' was a popular GameShow that inspired Britain to get fit again from 1992-2000. There were Australian, Finnish, Swedish, South African, and Russian versions too, an international crossover series and a couple of Ashes series [[CaptainObvious between England and Australia]]. The show was presented by Ulrika Johnson and John Fashanu for most of its original run. John Sachs, son of [[Series/FawltyTowers Andrew Sachs (Manuel)]], provided commentary. John Anderson was the referee for the original series.

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''Gladiators'' was a popular Creator/{{ITV}} GameShow that inspired Britain to get fit again from 1992-2000.1992-2000, based off the original ''Series/AmericanGladiators''. There were Australian, Finnish, Swedish, South African, and Russian versions too, an international crossover series and a couple of Ashes series [[CaptainObvious between England and Australia]]. The show was presented by Ulrika Johnson and John Fashanu for most of its original run. John Sachs, son of [[Series/FawltyTowers Andrew Sachs (Manuel)]], provided commentary. John Anderson was the referee for the original series.



The show was revived in May 2008 (probably to due to nostalgia) on SkyOne, where an all-new team of Gladiators took on a new group of Contenders. It was based on Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' revival, which was based on the original British version, which was based on the original syndicated ''American Gladiators''. ([[RecursiveImport Got that?]]) The show brought back some classic events, replaced crash mats with water tanks, and included its own version of the Eliminator (complete with Travelator). It was presented by Ian Wright, with Kirsty Gallacher in 2008 and Caroline Flack in 2009, also included John Anderson as the referee for Series 1. It also hosted some Legends Specials, pitting the old Gladiators against the new Gladiators, which also saw the return of fan-favourite Wolf. Lackluster ratings and a lukewarm reception saw this show sent the way of a contender to the crash mats (or water tank).

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The show was revived in May 2008 (probably to due to nostalgia) on SkyOne, where an all-new team of Gladiators took on a new group of Contenders. It was based on Creator/{{NBC}}'s ''Series/AmericanGladiators'' ''American Gladiators'' revival, which was based on the original British version, which was based on the original syndicated ''American Gladiators''. ([[RecursiveImport Got that?]]) The show brought back some classic events, replaced crash mats with water tanks, and included its own version of the Eliminator (complete with Travelator). It was presented by Ian Wright, with Kirsty Gallacher in 2008 and Caroline Flack in 2009, also included John Anderson as the referee for Series 1. It also hosted some Legends Specials, pitting the old Gladiators against the new Gladiators, which also saw the return of fan-favourite Wolf. Lackluster ratings and a lukewarm reception saw this show sent the way of a contender to the crash mats (or water tank).



* AdaptationExpansion: Look at the [[Series/AmericanGladiators American version]] in comparison, and you'll see a dramatically different show: the U.S. version felt more like a stylized version of something you'd see on ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' on a weekend afternoon. The British version took the same basic format UpToEleven by turning it into a big-budget primetime spectacular. The U.S. viewers and contestants did get to experience the British version during the world championships and the revival, however.

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* AdaptationExpansion: Look at the [[Series/AmericanGladiators American version]] in comparison, and you'll see a dramatically different show: the U.S. version felt more like a stylized version of something you'd see on ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' on a weekend afternoon.afternoon (indeed, it often aired on weekend afternoons). The British version took the same basic format UpToEleven by turning it into a big-budget primetime spectacular. The U.S. viewers and contestants did get to experience the British version during the world championships and the revival, however.



* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Pursuit became very popular soon as it appeared, it was essentially a mini Eliminator with Gladiators perusing the Contenders, which added to the tension. However it mysteriously vanished in later series with no explanation as to why.

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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Pursuit became very popular soon as it appeared, it was essentially a mini Eliminator with Gladiators perusing pursuing the Contenders, which added to the tension. However it mysteriously vanished in later series with no explanation as to why.



* Irony: Cobra and Lightning entered as contenders, and were only called up as reserve gladiators when they were short of numbers. They are two of the four (Saracen and Wolf the others) to have appeared throughout the show's run.

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* Irony: {{Irony}}: Cobra and Lightning entered as contenders, and were only called up as reserve gladiators when they were short of numbers. They are two of the four (Saracen and Wolf the others) to have appeared throughout the show's run.
15th Jun '17 4:32:51 AM Piterpicher
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* AdaptationExpansion: Look at the [[Series/AmericanGladiators American version]] in comparison, and you'll see a dramatically different show: the U.S. version felt more like a stylized version of something you'd see on ''WideWorldOfSports'' on a weekend afternoon. The British version took the same basic format UpToEleven by turning it into a big-budget primetime spectacular. The U.S. viewers and contestants did get to experience the British version during the world championships and the revival, however.

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* AdaptationExpansion: Look at the [[Series/AmericanGladiators American version]] in comparison, and you'll see a dramatically different show: the U.S. version felt more like a stylized version of something you'd see on ''WideWorldOfSports'' ''Series/WideWorldOfSports'' on a weekend afternoon. The British version took the same basic format UpToEleven by turning it into a big-budget primetime spectacular. The U.S. viewers and contestants did get to experience the British version during the world championships and the revival, however.
19th May '17 8:08:46 AM Hallwings
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* '''Atlaspheres''': The first event of the series shown. Two Contenders face two Gladiators and all are caged in large Atlaspheres[[note]]Think giant hamster balls made out of metal and mesh[[/note]] that they have to propel from within. The contenders' task is to roll the spheres onto any of four scoring pods. They were given 60 seconds to score as many points as they could in this fashion, while the Gladiators must block the contenders from scoring.

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* '''Atlaspheres''': The first event of the series shown. Two Contenders face two Gladiators and all are caged in large Atlaspheres[[note]]Think Atlaspheres[[note]](Think giant hamster balls made out of metal and mesh[[/note]] mesh)[[/note]] that they have to propel from within. The contenders' task is to roll the spheres onto any of four scoring pods. They were given 60 seconds to score as many points as they could in this fashion, while the Gladiators must block the contenders from scoring.
24th Apr '17 10:47:40 AM WyraachUr
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** The closing titles for season 1 didn't feature the [[DoNotTryThisAtHome warning about not trying any of the stuff on the show at home]]. A wordy version of it was played halfway through the season 2 credits (More or less saying don't try this at home, both contestants and Gladiators are well trained, and that safety equipment is mandatory), and from season 3 onwards, a simple "For safety reasons, please don't attempt to try any of the stunts seen on Gladiators" message played at the start of the credits.

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** The closing titles for season 1 didn't feature the [[DoNotTryThisAtHome warning about not trying any of the stuff on the show at home]]. A wordy version of it was played halfway through the season 2 credits (More or less saying don't try this at home, both contestants and Gladiators are well trained, and that safety equipment is mandatory), and from season 3 onwards, a simple "For safety reasons, please don't do not attempt to try recreate any of the stunts events you have seen on Gladiators" “Gladiators”." message played at the start of the credits.
24th Apr '17 10:45:31 AM WyraachUr
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first series only featured six games - Atlaspheres, The Wall, Danger Zone, Swingshot, Hang Tough, and Duel - in that order in all episodes except Heat 6 {which played Danger Zone first, followed by The Wall, Duel, Atlaspheres, Swingshot, and then Hang Tough}). The Eliminator also went straight from the zip lines to the Travelator, rather than having the see-saw and balance beams before it.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The first series only featured six games - Atlaspheres, The Wall, Danger Zone, Swingshot, Hang Tough, and Duel - in that order in all episodes except Heat 6 {which played Danger Zone first, followed by The Wall, Duel, Atlaspheres, Swingshot, and then Hang Tough}). The Eliminator also went straight from the zip lines to the Travelator, rather than having the see-saw and balance beams before it.


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** The closing titles for season 1 didn't feature the [[DoNotTryThisAtHome warning about not trying any of the stuff on the show at home]]. A wordy version of it was played halfway through the season 2 credits (More or less saying don't try this at home, both contestants and Gladiators are well trained, and that safety equipment is mandatory), and from season 3 onwards, a simple "For safety reasons, please don't attempt to try any of the stunts seen on Gladiators" message played at the start of the credits.
** The theme song for the credits kept changing in the early seasons - the first season used a shortened version of the full theme song, season 2 used "The Power Rap", and season 3 onwards used "Tussle With The Muscle" (Which was slightly remixed for season 4).
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