The Quarantine Stream: ‘The Titan Games’ is a Cheesy, Inspiring, and Downright Wholesome Reality Competition Show
Posted on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 by Jacob Hall
(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.