Every Season of The Challenge, Ranked: #43 — Spies, Lies & Allies

Michael Alvey
10 min readMar 6, 2022

Location: Vrsar, Croatia

Host: TJ Lavin

Aired: 2021

Champions: CT and Kaycee

Overall Thoughts: You might see this ranking and think, “Yeah, Spies, Lies & Allies wasn’t a good season…but fourth-worst of all time? You have recency bias.”

I’m writing this just a few weeks after the conclusion of the season, but I can’t see my opinion changing on this after more time passes.

Some seasons (especially the Dirty 30/Vendettas/Final Reckoning trilogy) improve drastically on a re-watch because so many of the episodes didn’t end with eliminations, which is annoying when watching live but isn’t that big of a deal when you’re binging.

That’s not a problem for Spies, Lies & Allies, as almost every episode ended with an elimination.

The problem with Season 37 was that it was flat-out boring. The stale veteran cast dominated the gameplay, the solid rookie class got completely decimated, and it resulted in one of the most predictable seasons in Challenge history.

If I only get to watch one season for the rest of my life, I sure as hell don’t want it to be this 21-episode slog.


  • Tacha calling out Tori after she got eliminated
  • Hughie and Corey L fighting mid-elimination
  • Fessy throwing in Amber
  • The pizza fight that resulted in Fessy’s DQ for getting physical
  • Priscilla choosing Josh as her new partner
  • Tori plotting with Sapphire to beat Emerald
  • Tori helping Emanuel in his elimination with Devin
  • Nelson trying to solve a square puzzle by making a triangle


Format: D

The season started with the American and international players separated, and the international players chose their American partner in the opening mission.

Splitting up the cast by nationality ended up having no baring on the season and was…