Fear Factor (found MTV Spring Break episode of NBC reality show; 2002)

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Status: Found

Date found: 24 Feb 2023

Found by: Racelympics

Fear Factor was a popular reality show that aired on NBC from 2001-2006, then briefly airing from 2011-2012, and aired again on MTV in 2018. The show normally involved 6 contestants (3 men/3 women) who would compete in 3 extreme stunts. The last person standing would walk away with a grand prize of $50,000 (After season 5, this would change to 4 teams of 2 competing for the same amount)[1].

For the longest time, episodes of the show were very hard to come by with only bits and pieces appearing online. However, in 2010, Cable TV channel Chiller started broadcasting re-runs of the show[2]. Despite this, several episodes remained unaired from the network (Including the Playboy Playmate special, Season 2 championship, Season 4 Miss USA edition, etc.). Fortunately, the streaming service Hulu added Fear Factor to its lineup with almost every episode intact. However, one episode was absent.

The Episode

The episode in question was a special MTV spring break edition that aired on March 22nd, 2002, [3] during the second season. According to the synopsis on TV.com, the episode involved four contestants on spring break in Cancun, competing for 50,000 pesos ($5,000 USD). The four contestants would have to compete in what appeared to be all gross-out stunts, and the last contestant remaining would win the prize.


There is no information as to who the contestants were, but the winner was disclosed in a review on a fan site, the winner was "Some guy named Dee-Morris"[4]. No footage of the episode appeared online.[5]. According to Hulu, they were unable to get the episode due to copyright issues. Prior to 2023, it remained the only Fear Factor episode to have never turned up online. On February 24th, 2023, the episode surprisingly appeared on MySpleen by LMW user "YoshiKiller2S" and the Internet Archive by user "Fish of the Bulb." According to the description of the Internet Archive upload, "Racelympics" had received a copy of the episode in a trade with a collector. The episode can now be viewed in full online.


Internet Archive upload of the episode.