Have you ever been talking to someone about the fine details of American Ninja Warrior and realized they have no clue what you’re going on about? (That can’t happen to just us, right?) Well, regardless, the natural next step is to convert that person into a Ninja Warrior fan ASAP.
But where to begin? With 13 seasons of action behind us already, what would lock in a new viewer? We put that question out on Instagram, and have created a guide of 12 suggested episodes below!
The question was: You want to introduce a friend to American Ninja Warrior. You can pick three (and only three) episodes to show them. Which three are you selecting?
We received a lot of really thoughtful answers that had us going, “Oooh! That’s a great one!” It was hard to find full episodes to include in this article, so we included runs from those episodes as examples of the content. (The odds of us finding clips from season three that won’t be soon deleted are slim. Sorry.)
Here we go!
The Stage One Trifecta
Season eight - Jessie Graff
Season nine - Allyssa Beird
Season 13 - Jesse Labreck
Someone suggested watching the Baltimore City Finals three times in a row which sounds... painful. And repetitive. You’ll watch Ninjas go plunk from the Angry Birds over and over and over. But it will teach you how hard this show can be.
Season 11 - Baltimore City Finals
Season nine - Cleveland Qualifying
Season six - Dallas City Finals
Season seven - Finale
Season 12 - Finale
Daniel Gil vs Austin Gray
Season 10 - Finale
Season eight - Philadelphia City Finals
Season nine - Daytona Beach City Finals
For everyone who suggested an episode from season 13, you’re in luck! That whole season is available to watch for free on Peacock, NBC’s streaming service.
There you have it! Send this article to anyone in your life who needs a solid introduction to the magical world of American Ninja Warrior.