The Challenge

The BEST episodes of The Challenge

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Reality stars compete in physical and mental challenges that will push them to their limit for their share of a $1 million prize. Age-old alliances, twists and turns from host TJ Lavin, and everyone living together under one roof only make the battle that much harder.

Last Updated: 5/13/2022Network: MTV
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Balls Out
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8.75
4 votes

#1 - Balls Out

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/1/2004

Mission: ""Balls Out""- To peddle a stationary bike as fast as possible which blows a ping pong ball up a tube and keep it there while the opposite team throws water at you and the tube to knock the ball out. Mission Winner: Real World Aztec Lifesaver Winners: Real World: CT Road Rules: Veronica Final Inferno Contestants- Real World: Mike Road Rules: Jeremy Inferno Mission: ""Human Candlelabra""- To hold a candle up in each hand straight out to your side the longest. Sent Home- Jeremy from Road Rules South Pacific Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $30,000

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Disco Domino Derby
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8.50
4 votes

#2 - Disco Domino Derby

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/23/2004

Mission: ""Disco Domino Derby""- To set up 110 dominos in a order that they will knock eachother down as fast as possible while wearing roller skates. Mission Winner: Real World Guy's Inferno Nominees- Real World: David + Mike Road Rules: Abram + Jeremy Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Mike Road Rules: Jeremy Bank Totals- Real World: $20,000 Road Rules: $30,000

Ultimate Saturn Road Trip
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8.50
4 votes

#3 - Ultimate Saturn Road Trip

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired 3/8/2004

Mission: ""Ultimate Saturn Road Trip""- To traverse a net wall and unhook two bags then climb down, get the key out of the bag and drive a Saturn SUV through a curved course the fastest. Mission Winner: Road Rules Girl's Inferno Nominees- Real World: Coral + Mallory Road Rules: Christena + Katie Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Mallory Road Rules: Christena Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $40,000

Benedict Laurel
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8.42
53 votes

#4 - Benedict Laurel

Season 34 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/18/2019

Divisions on both teams come to light during the "Relic Runner" challenge; Laurel and Cara Maria's long-standing feud takes center stage; Bear and Georgia begin to flirt once again, leading Josh to question if he has a shot.

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Should I Stay or Should I Go?
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8.41
54 votes

#5 - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Season 35 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/13/2020

Tori believes that she is ready to earn her red skull; Nany's budding crush on one player causes tension in her friendship with Aneesa; two players face off in the dust-to-dust elimination.

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Grope The Rope
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8.40
5 votes

#6 - Grope The Rope

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 2/2/2004

Mission: ""Grope The Rope""- To traverse a wire hanging 17 stories above the ground faster than your opponent on a opposing wire. Mission Winner: Road Rules Guy's Inferno Nominees- Real World: Syrus + Ace Road Rules: Timmy + Jeremy Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Syrus Road Rules: Jeremy Bank Totals- Real World: $0 Road Rules: $10,000 Piggy from Road Rules Australia was actually chosen for the challenge and actually arrived on the Road Rules boat, she later overdosed on medication and was removed from the cast. She was replaced by Christina from Road Rules South Pacific.

Bungee Bound
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8.40
5 votes

#7 - Bungee Bound

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired 3/29/2004

Mission: ""Bungee Bound""- To bungee jump from 160 feet with you hands hooked together- Unhook your hands, grab the flag on your stomach the fastest. Mission Winner: Road Rules Aztec Lifesaver Winners- Real World: CT Road Rules: Holly Final Inferno Contestants- Real World: CT Road Rules: Shane Inferno Mission: ""Don't Toss Your Cookies""- To eat cookies and whole milk all while riding a spinning disk without puking. Sent Home- Shane from Road Rules Campus Crawl Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $70,000

Balcony Swing
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8.33
3 votes

#8 - Balcony Swing

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired 4/12/2004

Mission: ""Balcony Swing""- To repell down a building while collecting flags the fastest. Mission Winner: Real World Aztec Lifesaver Winners- Real World: CT Road Rules: Veronica Final Inferno Contestants- Real World: Julie Road Rules: Katie Inferno Mission: ""Scratchathon- To outlast your opponent on a treadmill while covered in itching powder. Sent Home- Julie from Real World New Orleans Bank Totals- Real World: $40,000 Road Rules: $80,000

True Lies
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8.29
35 votes

#9 - True Lies

Season 36 - Episode 17 - Aired 4/7/2021

Leroy opens up about this being his last season and being so close to the final, one agent from each team sets off on a secret challenge, and two players duke it out in hall brawl.

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Lavender Is the New Black
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8.26
57 votes

#10 - Lavender Is the New Black

Season 32 - Episode 14 - Aired 10/9/2018

After the results of the last wild elimination, the Lavender Ladies' loyalty toward one another is put to the test. Sylvia head-butts Marie...really.

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A Hard Jay's Night
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8.26
46 votes

#11 - A Hard Jay's Night

Season 35 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/15/2020

The Challengers blow up trucks during the badass “Decode and Detonate” challenge. Jay finds himself in the middle of a dangerous love triangle that could result in his demise. Wes and Bananas’ alliance faces its first true test of loyalty.

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Crash Into Me
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8.26
50 votes

#12 - Crash Into Me

Season 35 - Episode 15 - Aired 7/8/2020

One player's sloppy political maneuvering comes back to haunt them, while another takes a shocking gamble to save a friend. Competitors must fight for survival in the elimination game “Hall Brawl," where two players with Red Skulls will be eliminated

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Twist and Shoot
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8.25
4 votes

#13 - Twist and Shoot

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired 4/5/2004

Mission: ""Twist and Shoot""- To shoot as many targets as possible while standing on a spinning platform 50 feet in the air. Mission Winner: Road Rules Girl's Inferno Nominees- Real World: Julie & Leah Road Rules: Katie & Veronica Chosen for The Inferno- Real World: Julie Road Rules: Veronica Bank Totals- Real World: $30,000 Road Rules: $80,000

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The Walking Dead
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8.24
54 votes

#14 - The Walking Dead

Season 32 - Episode 19 - Aired 11/13/2018

Alliances are dissolved as every team fights to earn their way into the Finals. Paulie and Cara Maria's season-long flirtation turns into something more. TJ reveals a shocking twist regarding the Final Challenge.

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Blowup
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8.24
21 votes

#15 - Blowup

Season 21 - Episode 6 - Aired 7/27/2011

Evan considers throwing a challenge as part of the guys' plan to get rid of CT. Meanwhile, CT finds himself in the middle of a love triangle with Mandi and Laurel.

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Duel Or Die!
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8.22
9 votes

#16 - Duel Or Die!

Season 17 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/10/2009

TJ shocks the competitors with a twist that no one sees coming. With only six spots available in the final challenge, the remaining eight players battle for survival. The final six compete in a grueling race for the $300,000.

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Duplicity
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8.19
47 votes

#17 - Duplicity

Season 36 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/6/2021

Loyalty is tested in a volatile new partnership. Agents must put their intel skills to the test while in a lava tunnel during "Mission: Drone Control." A stunning battle in The Crater causes ripples that will impact numerous Agents.

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Sloppy Ho's
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8.16
19 votes

#18 - Sloppy Ho's

Season 19 - Episode 3 - Aired 4/21/2010

Fearing that she may be next to face The Exile, a worried Paula takes her frustrations out on her partner, Jeff, and then hopes to gain immunity at the "Water Logged" challenge. When Mandi calls out Jenn for her questionable voting record, Jenn flips out, and in the process, her true allegiance is revealed. Two powerhouse teams are sent into the "Lost & Found" Exile, and the results are unforgettable

Casualties of War
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8.14
59 votes

#19 - Casualties of War

Season 33 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/20/2019

Zach makes a shocking move at the "Search and Destroy" challenge that makes everyone question his loyalties; Wes sets his sights on his mortal enemy, Bananas, but his attack may be premature.

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Well Done, Meat
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8.13
8 votes

#20 - Well Done, Meat

Season 19 - Episode 10 - Aired 6/9/2010

It's down to the final four with $300,000 on the line...and a mountain between the challengers and the cash.

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Reunion (Part 2)
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8.11
9 votes

#21 - Reunion (Part 2)

Season 33 - Episode 18 - Aired 5/30/2019

The drama continues on part two of the reunion as the War of the Worlds cast rehashes this season's biggest backstabs.

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The Royal Rumble
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8.11
64 votes

#22 - The Royal Rumble

Season 34 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/23/2019

Tensions between Jordan and Turbo erupt into a full-blown war; Theo and Paulie get into a heated confrontation where Paulie gives Theo a tongue-lashing; a slippery puzzle causes players to crash into one another.

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Good Thai and Good Luck
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8.09
11 votes

#23 - Good Thai and Good Luck

Season 18 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/9/2009

The Champions become paranoid that they could lose in the end if one worrisome team member fails to pull their weight. Finally, the Champions and the Challengers take part in a nail-biting finale -- a grueling race for the $300,000 prize!

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This is the End
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8.09
66 votes

#24 - This is the End

Season 33 - Episode 16 - Aired 5/22/2019

Those who remain battle it out for their share of the $1,000,000 prize purse. One player will be crowned champion of War of the Worlds.

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Dee-Day
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8.07
41 votes

#25 - Dee-Day

Season 34 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/20/2019

A "Puzzling Swim" purge challenge sends shockwaves through the game; Dee sets out to prove that she is not the weak link; one player uses a brilliant strategy during the "End of the Rope" elimination.

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