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The Challenge USA recaps: CBS’s version of the iconic MTV competition

The Challenge USA recaps: CBS’s version of the iconic MTV competition
The Challenge's real-life logo, as seen on the season finale of The Challenge: USA. (Photo by Jonne Roriz/Paramount)

In 2022, CBS and Paramount expanded MTV’s The Challenge franchise by creating a spin-off for the broadcast network: The Challenge USA.

It featured first-time Challenge players from Survivor, Big Brother, The Amazing Race, and Love Island, and, of course, host T.J. Lavin.

Alas, while season one started with potential, it was marred with shocking claims about bad producing—and just bad challenges, ironic for a show called The Challenge.

But season two did a 180, turning into a show that moved closer to the MTV version (with the inclusion of Challenge vets).

I’d absolutely recommend season two as some great competition television, and character arcs that continue from previous seasons of CBS reality TV shows.

If season one is worth watching, it’s only as a lesson in how to take a great idea and run it into the ground.

Here, in one place, are my recaps from The Challenge USA 2 seasons one and two—and hopefully future seasons!

The Challenge USA season 1 recaps

The Challenge USA season 2 recaps

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