Five Reasons Why I Can’t Stop Watching ‘The Challenge' on MTVNicole Daniels

I need to defend this once and for all and then I’m going about my afternoon because I have a new episode fresh on my TiVo. The Challenge is far and away the best reality program out there – trust me, I know them all.

First thing’s first: it would take an alien or a robot to not get extremely and disproportionately invested in these characters. I mean, I feel like I’ve grown up with these dysfunctional, drunk, fighting and drama-prone people. They’re the crappy family I never had and I cherish our time together greatly.

As an avid reality TV watcher (don’t judge me, you are too), I feel like no other show has as much political content or intrigue as this program. The level of manipulation is on par with the highest level of politics in our two party system.

Let’s get more specific.

1. The show has the best reality villain in the history of reality TV. His name is CT. Ever heard of him? He’s been kicked off two shows for punching a fellow contestant and I still wouldn’t hesitate to say yes if he asked me out on a date. Come on, guys – need I say more?

2. TJ – what a host. When he got into his accident last year, I nearly had a nervous breakdown until I found out he was okay. On top of that, TJ is the guy for the job because he doesn’t let his contestants get away with anything.

3. The format is always changing and it’s always brilliant. It started with Real World vs. Road Rules but it’s become SO MUCH MORE. Fresh Meat? Really? GOLD. That’s a whole new cast and we got three of the biggest all stars ever in Kenny, Evan and Evelyn. It gives me chills just talking about it.

4. There’s never a dull moment. The challenges are death-defying, there is always an orgy in the jacuzzi and guys and girls are screaming at each other constantly. It never gets old.

5. Finally – and most importantly – some of the smartest people I know that don’t watch any other reality programs watch this show. I’m talking about some of the classiest people around, and they’re totally hooked on this show just like me. It’s the lowest brow entertainment I can find that somehow appeals to all of my highbrow friends. That’s just good programming.

For these reasons and so many more, I can’t stop watching The Challenge and I never will. I get giddy about it, it makes me emotional and I hope it never goes away. Yes, I am totally serious if you couldn’t tell.

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  • Blanca Murillo

    I don’t watch any reality competition programs except for The Challenge! I like how I can continue to follow the same group of people season after season and it never gets old. And CT has grown on me so much. I love how he is kicking everyone else’s ass and they are afraid of him :D

  • Nicole Hernandez

    I can’t even explain how excited I just got when I saw the title of this article!! I have always been a HUGE (closeted) fan of these challenges. I’ve never been able to bring myself to stop watching, because, like you said, it’s as if I’ve grown up with these people. Can we say Mark from Road Rules 1?! However, as good looking as Mr. Manly-Alpha-Male-CT is (and sometimes funny), all I see when I look at him now is him literally punching THROUGH a wall to get from one room to another to try and kill Adam! A person with that kind of animalistic intensity simply can’t be trusted! Haha. But he sure is entertaining!

  • Catherine Bruno

    I really want to see CT take out Wes cause I can’t stand Wes. I love the Challenges, but sometimes the politics in the house drive me crazy.

  • Lauren Nespoli

    I used to watch the Challenges all the time, then I haven’t watched the past few, but I decided to watch this one. Partly for the 5 reasons you already listed!

  • Flo Chica

    These challenges are still on? I stopped watching MTV about 5 years ago.

  • Nnenna Ugwuala

    The challenges are amazing. Watched every season for the past ten years. They are so addictive. Everyone of the contestants are hot mess but that’s what I love about them. CT and Kenny are def my faves.

  • Jill Lubochinski

    couldn’t agree more! CT has totally grown on me this season.

  • Tara Welytok

    I LOVE these shows! I’m so glad other people are as obsessed as me
    even reruns are entertaining

  • Maya Frank-Levine

    I am a little bit crazy obsessed with this show.

  • Laura Vaught

    I love the Challenges! I haven’t watched the Real World since the first Las Vegas but I have seen every Challenge out there. They’re amazing slices of reality tv goodness. CT is amazing but I also love Abram’s Abramness.

  • Ramou Sarr

    I haven’t watched a Real World season in five years but I cannot quit the challenges. CT is my everything. He is a possible homicidal maniac with a heart of gold. He is the quintessential reality television crazy beast. And I love him. Don’t ever change, CT.

  • Cole Nicci Clark

    I’m a 38 year old lesbian and would date CT!!!! It is the best reality show out there! You can’t help hate, I mean love, I mean hate, I mean love them!!!!!

  • Erin Aldinger

    I, like you, have no shame in my love for The Challenge. LOVE IT! I have been watching Real World & Road Rules since I got MTV about 12 years ago and have no plans to stop :)

  • Lindsey Garcia

    Even my mother watches this show. So.. yeah.

  • Neal Obermeyer

    Best show ever.

  • Nicole Daniels

    I LOVE the idea of a fantasy league…. I will absolutely be starting one next season. Thanks for the tip!

  • Stacey Rushchak

    Yes! I am not alone!!!

  • Nicole Jornet

    I seriously thought I was the only one who still watched this show. Glad to know there are still others out there who appreciate this madness. I’m going to need Kenny to get it together already!

  • Madeline Hanson

    I encourage all of you to do what my friends and I do… start a fantasy league for the challenge. It’s truly amazing. You have a draft (CT was obviously my first pick, but I had to settle for Johnny Bananas…he does know how to play the game, but he’s no animal like CT) And you get points for who wins the jungle, gauntlet, or what ever the hell they’re calling it that season. But you also get points for hookups, fights (extra points for a broken glass), or when people say things like “I’m not here to make friends”, You haven’t seen the last of me” or they get a lecture from TJ. Makes wathcing the Challenges even more amazing if you can imagine that.

    • Jenna Jardine

      Omg! A fantasy league would be the answer to all my problems! What a terrific idea, so genius yet so obvi! I’m seriously so psyched I will spend the next six months perfecting all the details. I cannot express how happy this makes me

  • Jamie Kluesner

    It’s like the worst train wreck that you just can’t stop staring at!

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