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Everything you need to know about Netflix’s new release, Muscles and Mayhem


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It was a central part of many childhoods during the early 90s, and now the true story behind one of America’s wildest shows is being unveiled in the upcoming docu-series ‘Muscles and Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators’.

Airing on streaming service Netflix in late June, Muscles and Mayhem uncovers the backstory of the television program ‘American Gladiators’ and how it took a turn for the worst, as its popularity rose.

In a five-part docu-series, Netflix has brought together some of the biggest names involved in the show that pitted everyday people against accused steroid-induced ‘gladiators’.

Muscles and Mayhem, American Gladiators, Netflix docu-series
Muscles & Mayhem: An Unauthorised Story of American Gladiators, coming to Netflix this June

The rise and fall of the American Gladiator is set to be exposed, with these superstars telling all alongside supporters of the show, to detail what really happened behind closed doors.

It joins a number of great sporting documentaries available on Netflix, soon to be joined by boxing legend Tyson Fury, who’s new series ‘At Home With The Furys‘ is set to air later in 2023.

So with Muscles and Mayhem just around the corner, here’s everything you need to know about this latest docu-series release.

When does ‘Muscles and Mayhem’ the docu-series come out?

June 28, 2023

‘Muscles and Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators’ will be released on June 28, with all episodes to be available for bingeing immediately at the show’s release.

How to watch the ‘Muscles and Mayhem’ series

The American Gladiator-focused series will be streamed on Netflix once the June 28 release date arrives, with five episodes on offer.

It’s being reported that each part of the Muscles and Mayhem docu-series will go for 45 minutes, meaning it’ll take almost four hours to complete the entire show.

Is there a Muscles and Mayhem trailer?

There sure is.

The full title of the release is ‘Muscles and Mayhem: An Unauthorized Story of American Gladiators’.

Find the YouTube trailer embed below.

What will be shown in the ‘Muscles and Mayhem’ documentary?

The American Gladiators ended in controversy by the mid-90s, but there’s no denying that respect needs to be put on the athletic abilities of these super-humans.

The official synopsis shared by Netflix explains that, “‘Muscles and 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.”

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In the trailer released just days out from the premiere of the docu-series on Netflix, it explains how unscripted the show was and the intent of the gladiators to come to towns across America to basically beat up on civilians who wanted to battle them.

The egos of the American Gladiators during the rise of the popularity of the show is documented in ‘Muscles and Mayhem’ — and how it began to effect the behaviour of the performers.

Steroids, drugs and rage – all played a role in the downfall of the successful television program and will be explained to lengths in the five-part series.



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