Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators is a six-episode documentary series directed by Jared Hess and Tony Vainuku.
During the late 1980s and early 1990s, in the era of Hulk Hogan and Sylvester Stallone, the most-watched television program in America was American Gladiators, a game show that traveled across the country, featuring muscular athletes pummeling daring contestants.
The entire nation was hooked on these displays of strength and skill, a quintessentially American television spectacle that showcased attractive athletes with personality and charisma.
But what was behind the program? One can imagine: stories of drugs, sex, merchandising. . documentary series that serves to reminisce about those wonderful years with MC Hammer, years of excess that, with the perspective of time, don’t seem as glamorous anymore.
In any case, this is an opportunity to revisit this program and its significance, to transport ourselves back to those years, and, of course, to delve into the dark stories that this television product concealed, where not everything was beautiful or glamorous.
June 28, 2023
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Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators
Name: Muscles and Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators
Description: In the '90s, TV's stunt-filled "American Gladiators" thrilled fans. This docuseries explores the show's success — and how it almost ended before it began.
Country: United States
Director(s): Jared Hess, Tony Vainuku