If you grew up watching the spectacle that was American Gladiators, then this upcoming five-part Netflix documentary series is for you. Muscles and Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators takes viewers behind the scenes of the dramatic competition series that pitted everyday people against super-strong “gladiators.”
The new doc will chronicle the dramatic rise and fall of the show and its performers, many of whom are participating in the series, to detail what really went on off-stage.
Here is everything we know about Muscles and Mayhem.
When does Muscles and Mayhem premiere on Netflix?
All five 45-minute episodes of Muscles and Mayhem will premiere on Wednesday, June 28, 2023, at 12:00 a.m. PT/3:00 a.m. ET.
Muscles and Mayhem synopsis
A collaboration between Campfire Studios and Game Seven Media, Muscles and Mayhem was executive produced by Tony Vainuku, Jared Hess, Ross M. Dinerstein, Kyle McCutcheon, Danny Lee Clark, Peter Sussman, and Chris Koras.
American documentary filmmaker Tony Vainuku (who previously directed Netflix’s Untold: The Girlfriend Who Didn’t Exist) co-directs the new series with Napoleon Dynamite director/writer Jared Hess.
Read the official synopsis shared by Netflix:
"Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators chronicles the meteoric rise, dramatic fall, and gripping behind-the-scenes stories of one of the biggest spectacles on television during the height of the ’90s. Told firsthand from the stars who lived through it, this five part series reveals untold stories of the iconic American Gladiators’ triumph, turmoil, and ultimate price of fame."
Muscles and Mayhem participants
The stars who lived through this fascinating saga are featured in the documentary series, including people like Gemini, Zap, Ice, and Nitro.
Here’s the complete list of all the docuseries participants:
- Dan “Nitro” Clark
- Debbie “Storm” Clark
- Erika “Diamond” Andersch Bunker
- Jim “Laser” Kalafat
- Lori “Ice” Fetrick
- Michael “Gemini” Horton
- Raye “Zap” Olson
- Shari E “Blaze” Pendleton Mitchell
- Shirley “Sky” Eson-Korito
- Steve “Tower” Hennebery
Is American Gladiators streaming?
Unfortunately for fans of the old show, you can’t stream American Gladiators anywhere in the US currently. Pluto TV used to have a dedicated American Gladiators channel that played reruns 24/7, but it’s no longer available. The good news is that you can revisit some episodes and popular clips of the show on the official American Gladiators YouTube channel.
Muscles and Mayhem trailer
Get a better idea of what to expect from the documentary series by watching the full-length trailer below.
Muscles and Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators releases June 28 on Netflix. Set a reminder from your Netflix account here.