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American Ninja Warrior was born on December 12, 2009

That’s the premiere date of the show’s first season.

American Ninja Warrior - Season 6 Photo by: Peter Larsen/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images

It’s “First/Last Week” here at American Ninja Warrior Nation. So we asked ourselves, “When did the show first air?”

That answer is December 12, 2009.

American Ninja Warrior (not the predecessor American Ninja Challange) made its debut on the G4 channel just in time for the 2009 holidays. Truly, it was a gift to us all.

That makes December 12 American Ninja Warrior’s birthday (sort of). We just missed the show’s 11th birthday by a month! (11 years, 12 seasons.)

Well happy belated birthday, American Ninja Warrior. The show is in good company. According to Google, here are some of the other famous folks who were born on December 12.

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images

Jennifer Connelly

WarnerMedia Winter TCA 2020 - Presentation Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

Bob Barker

The Price is Right

Regina Hall

Celebrities Visit Build - March 12, 2020 Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images

Bill Nighy

Bill Nighy - 70th Annual Berlin International Film Festival Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images

American Ninja Warrior first aired on December 12, 2009. Hopefully, it’s a very long time before we find out what it’s “last” airdate might be. May that be years and years away!