Top Shot is an American reality television show produced by Pilgrim Films & Television that airs on the History Channel. It premiered in the United States on June 6, 2010. The series is currently airing its fifth season.
The show, hosted by Colby Donaldson, follows teams of professional and competitive shooters through several marksmen challenges. Each episode features a Team Challenge. The team that loses the challenge must go to the Nomination Range to nominate two of their members for an Elimination Challenge. The losing contestant must leave the show.
Season 1 (2010)Edit
- Main article: Season One
- First aired June 6 – August 15, 2010
In episodes 7 and 8, the larger team (Blue) decided for itself who would participate or be benched. The teams were dissolved in episode 9, with all players competing directly against each other from this point on and one or more players being eliminated after every challenge.
Every time a player was eliminated, the remaining group hung one of that player's shirts, marked with his/her name, from the railing of the staircase in the house where they were living.
Season 2 (2011)Edit
- Main article: Season Two
- First aired February 8 – April 26, 2011
In this season (referred to in promotional spots as Top Shot Reloaded), a preliminary head-to-head challenge was played in Episode 1, with the two winners being allowed to choose the teams. In addition, the winner of every elimination challenge received a $2,000 gift card to Bass Pro Shops. Instead of hanging each eliminated player's shirt from the house's staircase railing, the others nailed a target-shaped plaque to the dining room wall, with his/her name and team color.
Similar to Season 1, the teams were dissolved in episode 9, and all challenges were head-to-head. The remaining players were given green shirts to wear for the rest of the competition. Unlike Season 1, the winner of the individual challenge in episodes 9-11 won immunity from elimination for the day; the others participated in an elimination round as before. Only the three challenges in episode 12 resulted in immediate elimination of the loser.
Season 3 (2011)Edit
- Main article: Season Three
- First aired August 9 – October 25, 2011
Season 3 of Top Shot premiered on August 9, 2011. In Episode 1, a preliminary challenge was played between pairs of contestants, with the winner and loser of each pair joining the Blue and Red Teams, respectively. As in Season 2, the winner of each elimination challenge received a $2,000 gift card to Bass Pro Shops, and plaques were nailed to the wall in honor of the eliminated contestants.
Season 4 (2012)Edit
- Main article: Season Four
- First aired February 14, 2012 – May 1, 2012
The fourth season premiered on February 14, 2012 at 10pm EST. In addition to receiving the $100,000 cash prize as in past seasons, the winner will have the opportunity to become a professional shooter sponsored by Bass Pro Shops. Elimination challenge winners receive a $2,000 gift card from the company, as in Seasons 2 and 3.
The season began with 18 contestants rather than 16. A preliminary challenge was played in Episode 1; the two worst performers were eliminated immediately, while the others were assigned to teams based on their results. Plaques are hung up to honor eliminated team members, as in Seasons 2 and 3.
Season 5 (2013)Edit
- Main article: Season Five
- First aired May 29, 2013 – August 28, 2013
The fifth season (referred also as Top Shot All-Stars) premiered on May 29, 2013. The season feature 16 contestants from all previous seasons competing for redemption. Unlike previous seasons, the season featured no teams and most of the competitions were based in individual performance. In addition to the $100,000 cash prize, the winner received a Tahoe Q5i speedboat.