The BEST episodes of Human Playground

Every episode of Human Playground ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Human Playground!

This docuseries explores the origins and evolution of play across the globe, from age-old rituals to billion-dollar businesses.

Last Updated: 5/19/2023Network:Netflix
God's Playground
5 votes

#1 - God's Playground

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 9/30/2022

From mountaineering in the face of death to a game for a fruitful harvest, sports are spiritual experiences for those seeking signs from a higher power.

In Pursuit of Perfection
7 votes

#2 - In Pursuit of Perfection

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/30/2022

A surfer sets out to ride a massive wave. A diver attempts a deadly plunge. A female racer in Palestine and a wheelchair bodybuilder create spectacles.

Rites of Passage
8 votes

#3 - Rites of Passage

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/30/2022

Young men in Madagascar grapple with a zebu to enter adulthood as boys elsewhere try to master Kung Fu, sumo wrestling and reindeer racing.

Breaking the Pain Barrier
15 votes

#4 - Breaking the Pain Barrier

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/30/2022

No pain, no gain: A marathon in the desert, bullfighting, a brutal bicycle race and ice swimming push people to the brink, mentally and physically.

Big Business
6 votes

#5 - Big Business

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/30/2022

A popular combat sport in Senegal provides a payday for many, while technology gives rise to games that rake in millions for players and gamblers alike.

An Ancient Ritual
10 votes

#6 - An Ancient Ritual

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/30/2022

From a ritual war game to a nomadic hunting tradition, tests of bravery, skill and strength are fueled by the needs for food, survival and glory.

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