Ninja Warrior



Stuart Hall (2007-8)
Jim North (2011-)


Challenge, 1 October 2007 to present


Okay... watch this show very carefully, or you may find yourself believing you are watching a repeat of something not so very different. See if you can guess...

100 contestants begin the game (Link number one...). Of these, roughly 98 will be knocked out towards the beginning of the proceedings (Strike Two...). It's basically a giant obstacle course - there are four stages: Almost all will be knocked out in Round One, a couple will survive to Round Two. On a good year someone might make it to Round Three. The aim is to make it to the end of the stage of the course within the time and... uh, not fall in the water. (Three... hint: It's not The Krypton Factor).

Like it's sister (is it unfair to call it a sister show just because it comes from the same country? It would be like comparing Mastermind and Get Your Own Back. Just a thought.) from the same country, Ninja Warrior gains most of it's entertainment from watching people fall off large obstacles into muddy water. It's fine if that's what you like, but if you want to see something in the same vein that's got a little bit more athletic prowess, try Endurance UK instead. Oh, sorry, it got axed...

Stuart Hall isn't bad doing the voiceover job, but unless you're the sort of person who enjoys watching pain in large chunks, watching 23 minutes of people falling off the same obstacle course probably isn't your sort of thing.

Key moments

Someone falling in the water.

A contestant nearly making it... but not quite. Try again next year.

See also

Ninja Warrior UK, an all-British version filmed in Manchester.

Takeshi's Castle

Endurance UK

Unbeatable Banzuke


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