Wipeout is an American gameshow, similar to Takeshi's Castle and Ninja Warrior. Each episode, contestants attempt to beat an array of giant obstacles and challenges in the best time possible.

The series is hosted by John Anderson and John Henson, while Jill Wagner (Vanessa Lachey in series 5) interviews the competitors down on the course in Los Angeles.

Each episode begins with 24 contestants, competing for a chance to reach the final. However, to do this, they need to run, balance, jump and
dodge their way through three rounds of comical physical challenges; all designed to cause "wipeouts". Only the fastest, or longest standing, contestants make it through each round, with half being eliminated in the preliminary courses.

Only three contestants will make it to the final. Here they
must complete the toughest and most tiring course of the competition in the fastest time possible. The contestant that reaches the finishing spot the quickest is the day's Wipeout Champion, and wins $50,000.

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Wipeout premiered on the 24th June 2008, on ABC in America. Each series runs throughout the summer months, airing one or two episodes a week. In 2011 series four began in January with "Winter Wipeout", the first non-summer season, followed by "Spring Wipeout" in March.
In the UK, Wipeout is broadcast on Watch. One new episode is aired weekly, several months after its American airdate, with repeats of older episodes regularly showing all year round.

Each episode begins with the Qualifier. This is an obstacle course made up of four or five giant obstacles placed over mud or water. Some of these obstacles are mainstays throughout the series, while others, mainly the
first obstacle, change every week.

24 contestants start the show, each taking on the Qualifier one at a time. If a contestant falls off an obstacle they have to climb up the next ladder/slope and continue on with the course. The 12 that complete the course in the fastest time move onto Round Two, while the slowest 12 lose and are out of the game.

These 12 now compete in Round Two. The challenge for this round is the same for each block of episodes, but with different variations occasionally applied. Here, the number is again cut in half. The six contestants that win this round move onto Round Three, while the other six are out of the game.

Round Three is used to eliminate three contestants (previously only two).
There are several completely different games that are played for this round, which regularly rotate through the series. The three winners (previouly four, from series' 1 - 3) from here make it to the final stage - the Wipeout Zone.

When night falls the Wipeout Zone kicks into action. This Zone is another massive obstacle course, set over water, which needs to be completed in the fastest time possible.
The same obstacles are used for every block of episodes, but are occasionally modified in some way. Unlike the Qualifier, if a contestant fails an obstacle here they must keep attempting it until they are successful (or the time runs out). The finalists take on the course one at a time. The contestant that completes the course in the fastest time becomes the Wipeout Champion, and earns themselves $50,000.

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While each episode features new obstacles, some challenges constantly return throughout a series. Here's a quick guide to Wipeout's regular obstacles.

Qualifier
Series 1
Sucker Punch Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10
Big Balls Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
Series 2
Big Balls Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16
Log Roll Episodes: Sp, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14
Fender Bender Episodes: Sp, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14
Sucker Punch Episodes: 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16
Hurtles Episodes: 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16
Swing Set Episodes: 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 16
Series 3
Sucker Punch Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Big Balls Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
Trampoline Sweeper Episodes: Sp, 3, 4, 9, 11, 14, 16
Fling Set Episodes: Sp, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16
Shakealator Episodes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17
Shape Shifter Episodes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17
Series 4
Winter
Big Balls Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Snowplow Sweeper Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Yule Log Jam Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Spring / Summer
Big Balls Episodes: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Spring Fling Episodes: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 31
Wipeout Kitchen Episodes: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 31
Drivers Ed Episodes: 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Jiggleator Episodes: 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Double Barrel Episodes: 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Series 5
Winter
Big Balls Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Snowfall Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Winter Kitchen Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Summer
Big Balls Episodes: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23
Pound About Episodes: 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23
Rumble Room Episodes: 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23
Shake and Spin Episodes: 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22
Panic Hammocks Episodes: 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22
Round Two
Series 1
Sweeper Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10
Series 2
King of the Mountain Episodes: Sp, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14
Sweeper Episodes: 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16
Series 3
Overdrive Episodes: Sp, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16
Double Cross Episodes: 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17
Series 4
Winter
Ski Lift Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Spring / Summer
Scareousel Episodes: 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 31
Total Carnage Episodes: 17, 20, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
Series 5
Winter
Pain in the Ice Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Summer
Scaregrounds Episodes: 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23
Hangover Episodes: 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22
Round Three
Series 1
Dizzy Dummy Episodes: 1, 3, 5, 8
Dreadmill Episodes: 2, 4, 6, 10
Series 2
Dizzy Dummy 2.0 Episodes: Sp, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14
Slippery Course Episodes: 1, 7, 13, 16
Bucking Bull/Rocket Episodes: 3, 6, 9, 11
Series 3
Bruiseball Episodes: Sp, 1, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13
Circle Challenge Episodes: Sp, 3, 4, 9, 14, 16
Spinner Round Episodes: 2, 6, 10, 12, 15, 17
Series 4
Winter
Seven Letter Word Episodes: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6
City Challenge Episodes: 5, 7, 8
Spring / Summer
City Challenge Episodes: 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 31
Sweeper Episodes: 13, 14, 18, 19, 21, 22, 25, 31
Wipeout Playset Episodes: 16, 17, 20, 26, 28, 29, 30
Detour Episodes: 23, 24, 27
Series 5
Winter
Cold-Hearted Snake Episodes: Sp, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Summer
Petrified Forest Episodes: 8, 10, 13, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23
Spin Psycho Episodes: 9, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22

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- All-Star:  Memorable losing contestants from past series'
                 return for another shot at the $50,000.
- All Ball:  Each round is crammed with more balls than
                 ever.
- America's Finest: All contestants represent public services;
                 such as the police, fire service and military.
- Blind Date: The 24 contestants are paired up with their
                 "love-matches" to form 12 couples. These
                 newly formed couples then have to take on the
                 Qualifier together. Both contestants in a pair
                 have to make it through Round Two separately
                 in order to reach Round Three, and then the
                 Zone, as a team. The winning couple earns
                 themselves $100,000.
- Boss & Employee: 12 boss and employee pairings compete,
                 with each pair taking on the Qualifier together.
                 Both contestants in a pair have to then make it
                 through rounds Two and Three separately in
                 order to reach the Zone as a team.
- Bowl:      All courses are football-themed in this special
                 that airs on the day of the Super Bowl.
- Couples: 12 couples compete, with each pair taking on
                 the Qualifier together. Both contestants in a
                 couple have to then make it through rounds
                 Two and Three separately in order to reach
                 the Zone as a team.
- Family:   12 pairs of relatives compete, with each pair
                 taking on the Qualifier together. Both
                 contestants in a pair have to then make it
                 through rounds Two and Three separately in
                 order to reach the Zone as a team.
- Hotties vs Nerds: Half the contestants are 'Hottie' girls, the
                 other half a bunch of 'Nerdy' male.
- Ladies:   All contestants are female.
- Wipeys:   A clip-show episode that awards the best, and
                 worst, contestants, obstacles and moments
                 with a special Wipey Award.

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Numerous countires around the world have produced their own versions of Wipeout. These international series' are all filmed in Argentina.

Argentina
Name: Hombre al Agua ("Man in the Water")
Channel: Canal 13
Premiered: 5th January 2009
Hosts: Brothers Weinbaum
Extra info: Hombre al Agua is the only version not to include a Round Three. The hosts present the whole show on the course and friends and family watch from the sidelines during the Wipeout Zone.

Australia
Name: Wipeout Australia
Channel: Nine
Premiered: 3rd February 2009
Hosts: James Brayshaw, Josh Lawson,
Kelly Landry (Reporter)
Extra info: Wipeout Australia is faithful to the original format, earning it the title of "best international version" amongst most Wipeout fans. You can find out more about Wipeout Australia here.

Canada
Name: Wipeout Québec
Channel: V
Premiered: 31st August 2009
Hosts: Réal Béland, Alain Dumas,
Valérie Simard (Reporter)
Extra info: Each competition is shown over the course of three half-hour episodes a week.

France
Name: Total Wipeout
Channel: M6
Premiered: 17th July 2009
Hosts: Stéphane Rotenberg, Alex Goude,
Sandrine Corman (Reporter)
Extra info: Follows the same format as the UK, including regular interviews and constant replays.

Germany
Name: Wipeout - Heul nicht, lauf!
("Wipeout - Don't cry, run!")
Channel: ProSieben
Premiered: 10th March 2009
Hosts: Matthias Opdenhövel, Werner Hansch,
Charlotte Engelhardt (Reporter)
Extra info: Follows the original format.

Turkey
Name: Wipeout
Channel: Show TV
Premiered: 30th January 2009
Host: Asuman Krause
Extra info: Solely presented by one host, from the course, each episode of Wipeout Turkey runs for two hours (minus adverts). It was the first international version to use Seires 2 obstacles.

UK
Name: Total Wipeout
Channel: BBC One
Premiered: 3rd January 2009
Hosts: Richard Hammond, Amanda Byram (Reporter)
Extra info: Only a few different obstacles are used over the course of a series, and challenges are rarly variated. The show is padded with unnecessary interviews and recaps. You can find out more about series 1 of Total Wipeout here.

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