The Biggest Loser

The Biggest Loser

The simple idea of The Biggest Loser, familiar to dieters the world over, is that "whomever loses the most...wins." Losing weight will be difficult, though, as the 12 contestants (six male and six female) will be faced with real-life temptations that their new approved weight-loss skills and resources should help them overcome -- if they want to win, that is.

The twelve contestants will be divided into two teams of six, cleverly named the Blue team and the Red team. The teams will be mixed by gender and will be organized to be approximately equal in weight. Each team will then be assigned a team trainer to teach it individual fitness and nutrition regimens. According to NBC, one trainer has a tough 'boot camp' attitude while the other offers a much calmer approach yet remains strict and focused on results. So ... will the carrot or the stick work better?

Viewers will also have the opportunity to study and learn the two dieting methods that the celebrity trainers incorporate into their team's nutrition plan. If the success of the Atkins and South Beach diet books is any indication, this part of The Biggest Loser will soon become its own book.

During each week's broadcast, the teams will face difficult and demanding daily work-outs culminating in a weekly competition in the form of a challenge, but the moment of truth will come during a weekly weigh-in. At the weigh-in, each team member will be weighed to determine the total pounds lost as a team. The team that loses the least amount of weight is faced with having to eliminate one of their own. In the end, the winner of The Biggest Loser walks away with $250,000 and a healthier body augmented by new coping skills.

The personal fitness trainers on The Biggest Loser will be Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper. Michaels' celebrity clientele includes entertainment mogul David Geffen, Amanda Peet (Something's Gotta Give), Vanessa Marcil (Vegas), Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), Sarah Paulson (Down with Love) and Jeremy Renner (S.W.A.T.). Harper is a consultant to trainers and teachers alike, and has trained such celebrities as Gwyneth Paltrow, Ben Stiller, Ellen DeGeneres, Melissa Etheridge, Guy Ritchie (pre-Kabbalah, we guess), Lauren Dern, Selma Blair, Jessica Alba and Dermot Mulroney.

To be sure that the contestants do not drop dead on the air from all the unaccustomed exercise, they will be under the supervision of off-camera medical experts, including Robert Huizenga, author of "You're OK, It's Just a Bruise," the book on which the feature film Any Given Sunday was based, and UCLA nutrition professor Dave Heber.

Episode Info

Prev: 17x13 -- Live Finale (Feb/22/2016)

Everybody reunites for one last weigh-in and the eliminated contestants compete for the $100,000 at home. prize. One of the finalists wins the $250,000 grand prize.

Available Episodes

Homeward Bound
Feb 01, 2016
Season 17 episode 8

Ship Shape
Jan 25, 2016
Season 17 episode 7

Ready? Set. Auction!
Jan 25, 2016
Season 17 episode 6

The Big Switch
Jan 18, 2016
Season 17 episode 5

Hooked on 'Tronics
Jan 18, 2016
Season 17 episode 4

Keep on Truckin'
Jan 11, 2016
Season 17 episode 3

Taste Test
Jan 11, 2016
Season 17 episode 2

Alison SweeneyAlison Sweeney
As Herself (Host S04-S16)
J.D. RothJ.D. Roth
voiced Narrator (2004-present)
Bob Harper (1)Bob Harper (1)
As Himself (Trainer S01-S16; Host S17-present)
Dolvett QuinceDolvett Quince
As Himself (Trainer S12-present)
Jillian Michaels (1)Jillian Michaels (1)
As Herself (Trainer S01-S02; S04-S11; S14-S15)
Anna KournikovaAnna Kournikova
As Herself (Trainer S12)
Brett HoebelBrett Hoebel
As Himself (Trainer S11)
Cara CastronuovaCara Castronuova
As Herself (Trainer S11)
Kim Lyons (1)Kim Lyons (1)
As Herself (Trainer S04-S04)
Caroline RheaCaroline Rhea
As Herself (Host S01-S03)



Reviews: 23
This and ThatRating: 1 likes, 5 dislikes

I have watched every single episode of this series and I think it's the most brilliantly made reality show ever produced by NBC. One thing that really gripes me about this show is that in the weigh-in the men have to take their shirts off and I don't think it's appropriate for millions of viewers to see their nipples (No Offense) and I think the first and last weigh-in they can take their shirts off so everyone can see a before and after. Read more

Review posted on Wednesday, January 16th 2008 at 5:42 am

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Executive Producer: David Broome (1)
Producer: Elayne Cilic
Associate Producer: Holly Hines
Editor: Barry Murphy, Shawn Chou
Casting: Amy Barber, Randy Bernstein
Music: Mark T. Williams, Jeff Lippencott
Music Supervisor: Matt Kierscht
Production Assistant: Samuel Proof

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Classification: Reality
Genre: Drama | Family
Status: Returning Series
Network: NBC ( USA)
Airs: Mondays at 09:00 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: October 19, 2004
S01 - Looking Good, Feeling Gorgeous by RuPaul  
S02-S09 - Proud by Heather Small  
View All 3 Theme Songs
• O Perdedor (Used In Brazil)
• The Biggest Loser: Battle of the Ages (12th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Challenge America (14th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Couples (5th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Couples 2 (7th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Couples 3 (9th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Couples 4 (11th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Families (6th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: No Excuses (13th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Pay It Forward (10th Season title), (Used In USA)
• The Biggest Loser: Second Chances (8th Season title), (Used In USA)
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