The competition series returns in June.
March 31, 2022
NBC announced today that American Ninja Warrior is coming back for Season 14 - its 11th on the network. The veteran athletic competition has become a summer staple, garnering consistently-solid ratings that fare well against its time slot competition.
Based on the Japanese series 'Sasuke', which is now in its 39th season, American Ninja Warrior began its stateside run in 2009 on the now-defunct cable channel G4 before moving to NBC in 2012.
The show closely mirrors the original Japanese format, featuring athletes from all walks of life taking on a series of extreme obstacle courses in city finals around the country. Those advancing move on to the national finals round in Las Vegas, which features a four-stage course that closely resembles Japan's well-known Mount Midoriyama course.
Season 14 of American Ninja Warrior premieres on Monday, June 6 at 8:00pm.
My only issue was the change to the way the women competitors are treated a few years ago. In the beginning, women competed equally with men; now they get special treatment, with the top five moving on to the national level whether they earn it or not.