MUSCLES & MAYHEM: AN UNAUTHORIZED STORY OF AMERICAN GLADIATORS
Starring: Danny Lee Clark, Lori Fetrick, Debbie Clark, Erika Andersch, Jim Starr, Michael M. Horton, Shirley Eson, Raye Hollitt, and Sha-Ri Pendleton
Creators: Jared Hess and Tony Vainuku
Admittedly, my review of this docuseries is probably 95% nostalgia driven because I grew up watching American Gladiators with my grandmother. I even had the action figures! That said, Muscles & Mayhem is a fun, if at times cheesy, exploration of the series’ path to broadcast, its out-of-nowhere popularity, and all the behind-the-scenes shenanigans (read: sex, drugs, and ‘roids). Best of all, with appearances from multiple Gladiators, it’s just neat to hear them dish rather candidly about who was doing what, to see what they look like nowadays, and to simply watch the vintage clips. If you were a fan, it’s a must watch.