There are several things that have made American Ninja Warrior a long-term success. First of all, some of the athletic feats we’ve seen on the show have been beyond belief. Then there’s the competition aspect — when you’re racing against the clock, there are no judges to please, no votes to influence… you’re going to have a clear-cut winner. And, of course, there’s the emotional and inspirational impact of the show, because many of the competitors have amazing backstories and have had to clear many hurdles just to make it to the starting line. That’s the part of the show that appeals most to co-host Matt Iseman, who told us he was especially touched when the show featured a contestant who was battling the same illness he’s got. (Click on the media bar below to hear Matt Iseman)
American Ninja Warrior airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC.