american ninja warrior nbc 'American Ninja Warrior' premiere: Most insane obstacle course everNBC premiered one of its fun summer shows Monday night (May 21) – “American Ninja Warrior,” the Japanese import show that puts contestants through an obstacle course that makes “Wipeout” look like elementary school field day.

The premiere episode focused largely on a qualifying event in Santa Monica, Calif, where a group of men (women are allowed to compete, there just weren’t any) were put through their paces on obstacles like cargo climbs, the Devil’s steps, the salmon ladder and the warped wall. There were only a handful of competitors who actually finished.

Our favorite competitor was definitely Kelvin Antoine, a 53-year-old grandpa of six who didn’t finish the course, but dayum – he’s 53!

The announcers need a little help – Matt Iseman and Jonny Moseley were doing the play-by-play and at times, we felt like we were watching “Best in Show.” In fact, Fred Willard would probably be a better color man for this show – what’s he up to?

Did you tune in? What did you think? Do you have a favorite competitor so far? The former “American Gladiator” was pretty fun to watch.
Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."