Endurance is an American reality television children's program, previously shown on the Discovery Kids cable network in the United States and also on networks in other countries. The show's format is somewhat similar to the CBS television series Survivor, though with a teenaged cast. Endurance contestants live in a remote location and participate in various mental and physical challenges, although Endurance contestants compete as pairs, and the outcome of the competitions determines which pair of players is eliminated.
In its six-year run between 2002–2008, each season began with a new slate of contestants, who were gradually eliminated as the season progressed until the remaining two teams competed to get all of the Endurance Pyramid pieces. The winning boy and girl received an all-expenses paid vacation package with their parents to an exotic location as the prize.
Production ended with the final episode of the sixth season, first aired on March 8, 2008. Reruns of Endurance continue to be televised in the U.S., on Hub Network, Discovery Kids's successor until July 22, 2013. Reruns on the Hub ended on October 14, 2011, until the show was brought back for reruns on April 2, 2012 but was once again cancelled. Spanish-dubbed reruns also air on weekends on Azteca America. Three seasons of Endurance were each nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Children's Series", however the show never won.
Twenty teens travel to a secret location to compete in Endurance: High Sierras. Once there, they begin the "right-to-stay" competition that will send 4 of them home.
The "right-to-stay" competition concludes, deciding the 16 official Endurance competitors. JD then announces that the winner of the next competition will get to pick the first team, which causes mass chaos as everyone tries to agree on the teams. Conflict emerges out of apparent happiness, and the episode ends in doubt as to whether they'll be able to agree on even one of the teams.
The competition to decide who will choose the first team concludes, and the eight official Endurance teams are chosen. Then a surprise elimination competition sends a team home on the same day, leaving just seven teams in the game.
The teams compete in the first Endurance mission, with the winning team getting a pyramid piece and the samadhi. However, this samadhi gives a team the power to switch two players. The Blue Team wins it, and after much discussion decide to give the power to the Red Team with the understanding that they'll switch the girls on Red and Green. However, all the other teams come up with an idea to switch Gray and Blue, and the episode ends not knowing which switch will actually happen.
Two teammates are switched, and the teams compete in another Endurance mission, and this samadhi will actually affect the next day's Temple mission.
The teams compete in the first Temple Mission of the season, and the first team is sent home from the High Sierras.
The six remaining teams compete in an Endurance mission, with the Heart piece and the ability to pick the super teams for the next Temple mission on the line.
The Super Teams compete in the Temple mission to decide the next teams that will be sent to Temple. A surprising twist affects the mission, leaving some teams powerless to control their fate.
The ninth episode of season five is a recap of the prior eight episodes, featuring highlights from the challenges and other dramatic moments.
The five remaining teams are greeted with another twist, and another team goes home.
The final four teams create their own game, with another pyramid piece and samadhi on the line, which will have a big impact on the next Temple mission and in deciding the final three teams. Another twist: the loser of this Endurance Mission will be automatically sent to the next Temple of Fate.
The teams compete in their next Temple mission, with Purple handicapped by the samadhi. Another team is sent home at the Temple, leaving just three teams.
The final three teams of Green, Blue, & Purple are left. As JD explains the magnitude of the next mission, he reveals that one team will have a huge advantage over the other two teams.
The Purple and Green teams put their friendship aside to win the Grand Prize trip to Hawaii. In their final time at the Temple, the Purple team starts with six pyramid pieces and the Green teams starts with seven.
A recap of the best moments in Endurance: High Sierras is shown.