Monday, April 23, 2012
Fear Factor began airing in 2001 as a televised competition where contestants would be faced with completed challenges involving elements of people's common fears. For a time this show was extremely popular, partially because there was nothing quite like it on national television. Nonetheless, in 2006, the show canceled. In December of 2011, Fear Factor was revived and Joe Rogan continued to act as the host, as good as ever. Rogan pitched Fear Factor as being better than before pushing contestants to the limits with more extreme physical challenges and more nauseating mental challenges. While the first episode of the series had excellent ratings, the ratings have declined and their have not been any episodes airing since February 12, 2012. The available information on the life of Fear Factor is incredibly scarce, and ABC has recently taken down its Fear Factor homepage. This seems to indicate that Fear Factor has once again died, and this time it won't be revived. I hope I am wrong because I think Fear Factor is certainly an entertaining TV show. While I do not get offended easily, I think many people are concerned that Fear Factor has taken things too far. I will admit that there were occasions where the producer's judgment may be questioned, most notably with the challenge involving drinking donkey urine and semen, which ABC refused to air. However, overall, I consider Fear Factor to be a very entertaining TV show and I am sad to see it off the air. Only time will tell if a major TV network airs any more Fear Factor factor episodes, and I am certainly not optimistic about it.