(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: The Titan Games

Where You Can Stream It: Hulu

The Pitch: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson invites a bunch of amateur athletes to compete against one another (and against a few professionals) in physically demanding challenges that feel like Nickelodeon’s GUTS grew up and really got into Crossfit. The result is surprisingly warm and nice for a head-to-head competition show, with the whole series powered by Johnson’s onscreen positivity.

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: One of the first casualties of the COVID-19 lockdown was public gyms, so no, don’t be embarrassed if you’ve put on a few pounds over the past few months due to lack of physical activity and a constant desire to stress-eat. However, if you want to be inspired to peel yourself off the couch and go for a jog, NBC’s The Titan Games presents physical fitness as not only achievable, but empowering beyond being able to lift really heavy things. You see, the real strength comes from – wait for it – the human spirit! And somehow, Johnson makes this ongoing idea palatable through sheer charisma.

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Titan Games Trailer

I’ve always been a sucker for athletic competition shows. There’s nothing quite like sitting on your fat ass and eating chips while you criticize absurdly in-shape folks as they attempt to overcome mind-boggling physical challenges. I’m also a sucker for Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, that endless well of charisma wrapped in a coat of bulging muscles and tribal tattoos. So put these together and you have a television program I will most definitely check out.

The first trailer for The Titan Games has arrived and it shows off a slick physical competition series fueled by Johnson’s unique brand of optimism and passion. There is also lots of sweaty, muscle-y people looking overwhelmed at what they’ve signed up to do. In other words: must-see TV.

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