EHG 144: Rising To The Challenge's 372nd Season

jk, it's 'only' Season 29 -- but will this round of innovations breathe new life into MTV's old warhorse? Kim Reed has thoughts!

Our esteemed colleague Kim Reed returns to discuss The Challenge: what makes it work, why Bananas drives us, well, you know, and how the show is built like pornography and kung-fu movies. The Blotter Presented an HBO documentary about solitary confinement before we went around the dial with ANTM, The Missing, The Magicians, and Detroiters and Dave sent our sinuses to Arizona. Then Kim tried to Scrubs in to the Canon, and the White House press room both won and lost before Alan Sepinwall forced us all to say "Benson" several hundred times during Game Time. Get as excited as TJ Lavin isn't: it's an all-new Extra Hot Great.

Episode Rundown

00:00:00 Intro
00:01:00 The Challenge
00:16:40 The Blotter Presents: Solitary: Inside Red Onion
00:19:00 Sponsor: Congrats
00:19:50 I Am Not A Crackpot
00:22:20 Sponsor: Dave Words
00:26:40 Detroiters
00:29:55 The Magicians
00:32:00 America's Next Top Model
00:34:50 Retro Ad Corner
00:35:20 The Canon: Scrubs S05.E09: My Half-Acre
00:46:40 Winner and Loser of the Week
00:48:40 Game Time: Is This Benson?
01:11:00 Outro