The Challenge Turns 20

On June 1, 1998 MTV tried something new. They took five roommates selected for The Real World and gave them the opportunity to have the Road Rules experience. This marked the first time MTV fused the two shows, but it sparked an interest that could not be met by The Real World or Road Rules alone. Despite being named Road Rules: All Stars this show was the birth of The Challenge.

If you’re interested in seeing this season, MTV.com has generously given us episode 1 to be viewed.

Fans know this is considered the first Challenge season, despite the fact it’s primarily Road Rules based. It wouldn’t be until November of 1999 that we’d see a Real World team compete against a Road Rules team. Still, this season was the crossover that made The Challenge possible. The series is still airing today, and MTV has spent more time with The Challenge on its roster than without.

With 32 seasons filming (including the summer’s Final Reckoning) and now 3 seasons of the spinoff, there’s no denying the impact of The Challenge on MTV. As of now, there’s no signs of the show slowing down. Let’s hope the show give us another 20 years!

Happy birthday to The Challenge!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s