During its seven year stint, the competition show American Gladiators changed the face of television, creating the path for popular hits like Wipe Out and The Floor is Lava. But the there’s more to the story than tight spandex and obstacle courses. In this episode, we dive into the makings of a show with a great concept, but poor execution. From strung out steroid fights to terrible work conditions, we explore how expensive a great idea can be when you don’t plan for the expected.

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