• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6
Metascore
34

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 5 out of 7
  1. Wipeout does have a crackpot obstacle course and its own sometimes hilarious commentators, John Anderson from ESPN's SportsCenter and John Henson from Talk Soup.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    60
    ABC hasn't provided much in advance to watch--smart network!--but there were some clips for Wipeout, and they were (seriously) hilarious.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    30
    Even the contestants seemed to be trying too hard, screaming and making wisecracks for the camera, as if coaxed by the producers or, more likely, their agents.
  4. In fact, the entire show consists almost entirely of spills, tumbles and falls, most of which fell short of being breathtaking, spectacular or catastrophic.
  5. If you've watched ABC at all this summer, you've essentially seen all Wipeout has to offer: people of various shapes, sizes and ages all falling face-first into the mud while trying to complete an obstacle course that's been designed to be all but impossible to finish unscathed.
  6. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    10
    Wipeout dresses up the usual network idiocy with cable-style snark (think Best Week Ever) and an exuberant lack of decency that's pure Internet--a TMZ-esque disregard for mercy, an anonymous blog commentor's sense of self-restraint.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    10
    Wipeout, a knockoff of a U.S. spoof of a Japanese show (how meta is that?), feels mean-spirited and heavy on rim shots.
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Nov 25, 2010
    5
    This show is alright in it's own right, but this show pales in comparison MXC on spike which use to air and was the same obstacle course business. The obstacles are good in this, and the competition is pretty cool, I'll actually watch it the odd time but the reason it gets a 5 is because of that god awful announcer; he's BRUTALLY unfunny. Full Review »
  2. Sep 22, 2013
    4
    Wipeout tries to bring to America what is primary entertainment across the world. Where many eastern and European cultures feed off of prank-driven television, Americans shy away from. Perhaps it's due to certain legal tangles that could be faced. Whatever the cause for American entertainment lacking in these typically hilarious forms of reality television, Wipeout simply isn't good enough to stand up to the likes of established foreign influences. Even the gag that is MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge), which came many years before Wipeout, is much funnier (especially the witty commentary) on an episode-to-episode basis. Wipeout will have a few laughs slide through the cracks, but as it stands, there's little to save this ship unless the creators are willing to play with the formula a bit. Full Review »
  3. May 13, 2013
    7
    Most of the viewers who watch ABC, probably know about "Wipeout", and with a huge difference of 34 on Metacritic and 74 on the user reviews, Wipeout seems to split viewers depending on how you look at this show. You can either laugh at this people fall down on near impossible obstacles, or just feel embarrassed for people who participate in this show. For me I'm with the user's on this one, the first season of Wipeout has problems with making you like the people participating, plus there are some cringe worthy moments, but if you love Japanese inspired game shows, crazy contestants, and funny liners, you may enjoy Wipeout for what it is. Pretty much put that Wipeout is about 24 contestants all competing for $50,000 dollars, one catch, the world's most insane obstacle course since MXC. Every week the production crew changes things up to keep things interesting, examples include tennis balls on the dread-mill, crows on the sweeper bar, and a ball swing at the end of the first course. The contestants are a mix of memorable and just plain normal, but the real fun comes when they wipeout, which is where it succeeds at. Even if some of the wipeouts become a little boring, something laugh out loud could happen that 'll make you keep watching. Not all the contestants are interesting (some try a little too hard to be memorable),and some of the lines are cringe worthy and sometimes embarrassing to listen too, but if look at that title and think about it, this is the kind of show that is not meant to be taken so seriously and when someone falls, it's better to just laugh. Full Review »