Similar in format to some Japanese game shows, Wipeout starts out with 24 contestants, who are then pared down to 12, then to 6, and finally to four (three in the newest season). Most of the contestants act stupid and flamboyant when they're introduced in order to get noticed, then proceed to eat crow as they're wildly tossed and turned around.
Among my favorite obstacles include the Sucker Punch, an entire wall with moving boxing gloves; the Yule Log Jam, where you have to cross two moving platforms; and the Big Balls, which are 4 huge inflated balls that you must bounce across to get to the other side. In recent seasons they added a "Motivator," which is a huge pendulum that kicks you over the Big Balls if you hesitate too long to cross, LOL.
The 2 hosts who are both named John, John Anderson and John Henson, strike the perfect balance--Anderson is the more serious commentator type, while Henson is just loony, and his running comments that mock and insult the contestants are truly hilarious. Field commentator Jill Wagner also provides funny interviews with the contestants before the round begins, and I'm a bit sad that this season is her last, as she's leaving the show--aww, you'll be missed, Jill!
Wipeout never fails to make me laugh, and sometimes I'd laugh so hard in the middle of the night when I'm watching that my neighbors must think that they're living next door to a crazy person, hehe. Highly recommended.