Top Shot 4 Seasons 2011

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Season 2
(103) IMDb 7.8/10
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10. The Shakedown TV-14 CC

The competition shakes up literally, as the final six marksmen are forced to shoot from unstable platforms. Season One winner, Iain Harrison, returns to lend a steady hand. Meanwhile, tensions among the final competitors come to a head.

Starring:
Colby Donaldson, Jamie Franks
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
April 12, 2011

Available to watch on supported devices.

The Shakedown

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Season 2

Product Details

Genres Sports, Reality TV
Director Adam Vetri
Starring Colby Donaldson, Jamie Franks
Supporting actors Iain Harrison, Chris Reed, George Reinas, Joe Serafini, Ashley Spurlin, Brian Zins
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Benjamin Beatie, Zig Gauthier, Zachary Green, Michael Matsumoto, Eric Mazer, John McLaughlin, Heather Murphy, Mitch Rosa, Isabel Vargas, Ralph Wikke
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

One of the best shows out there.
East Coast
Competitions is always a good thing and this is a competitive show and fun to watch.
Dustin Boyd
I love this show but have never been able to watch a season from start to finish.
Susan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: DVD
As the History Channel continues to veer away from actual history into the realm of reality television, we have one of the more unusual competition type programs in "Top Shot." Don't get me wrong. There is nothing particularly unique about the format of the show which mirrors countless other elimination programs across the television landscape. But with the subject matter being guns and recreational shooting, the show really caters to a widespread sport that you don't see embraced very often in traditional programming. Thus, lovers of target practice and marksmanship have a show that they can call their own. It's not an exclusive club, however, those that love reality competitions but have never been to a shooting range can also have a bit of fun. The show has the expected reality quirks that you either embrace or loathe. There's quick cut editing for dramatic affect, enthusiastic but obvious commentary from the host ("It's a hit" Survivor alum Colby Donaldson might exclaim despite the fact that we've just watched the impact), and eliminations that are based just as much on politics and game-playing as opposed to outright talent (due to team competitions).

Season Two of "Top Shot" doesn't reinvent the formula of the first season. It does, however, try to liven things up. This season there are sixteen competitors (14 men and 2 women) striving to avoid the episodic eliminations. While some of the weapons and challenges claim to be inspired by history (as a nod to the network), this component is not as developed as it might be. Various stunts include shooting from a moving vehicle or while being suspended and new weapons are introduced. In addition to a variety of guns, the show also samples other weapons such as blow guns, bows, and hatchets.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2013
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Top Shot has become a family favorite.
Many others have reviewed this in depth and explained the show in it's entirety better than I can.

Here is what we like about it, it has a wide range of shooting challenges. You never know if you are going to see a timed event, a challenge where they have to shoot a target you can barely see or an old west town set up. That appeals to us. The other thing we like about it is the wide range of items they get to shoot. You never know if you are going to see a Tommy Gun, a BB gun, A bow and arrow or sling shot. Basically, if it can shoot a projectile, you are likely to see it on this show. We have enjoyed that - seeing and learning about a wide range of weapons.

One of the things I like about this show is that it is not focused solely on the drama of the shooters. Sure they vote to kick someone off the team, and they have shoot outs. But there is not the same level of drama and deal making and conclaves that you might see with other reality shows. (Notice, I didn't say there was No Drama- there is, just enough to make it interesting though, not enough to get tiresome.)

We have discovered this show late and have been watching it through Amazon Prime. It has been lots of fun to watch and has become a family favorite.

Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard on September 22, 2013
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My problem with the show is the same problem I have with every reality show and that's that the producers drag things out to manufacture suspense when it's not needed.

That said, it's nice to see a reality show where everyone isn't all about back stabbing and "playing the game". I refuse to watch a few other reality shows because watching TV shouldn't generate that much hate. I watch TV to relax and be entertained, not to feel hateful and angry. Top Shot has (thankfully) avoided the characters that put spite and hate into the show. The contestants are mostly good sportsmen in every definition. The challenges they come up with are interesting and have made me really think about practicing more so I could try to be on the show myself. What I would give to have access to a range where I could try out some of these guns, and get a chance to attempt some of these challenges.

A fun and entertaining show.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Weidner on September 29, 2013
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A combo of marksmen competition and reality show. Although I find the format of Season 5 - The All Stars much better than the first four seasons, these seasons are still great to watch for the variety of weapons they have to master and compete with. Starting with 16 marksmen, it gets whittled down to a final 'Top Shot' by the end.

From primitive weapons, to modern weapons, there is probably something you haven't seen or used yourself. The competitions themselves are innovative as well; some really turn the competitors on their heads.

The 'House' drama aspect of the first four seasons is my only complaint about he show, but minor to me, since I watch for the competitions and weapons.

If you like watching men and women shoot difficult targets, as well as some trick shots, and like seeing many different types of weapons, then I think you'll like these seasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Katherine on July 26, 2013
"Top Shot" is the best reality show out there and is enjoyable, even if you're not into weapons or shooting. The competitors are skilled at their craft but the fun comes when they are challenged by a variety of weapons from medieval to modern. I've seen every season but am delighted to see it available on Amazon Instant Prime because I plan to watch them all again. I give an enthusiastic five stars to every season but season two. Be warned...there are a couple of contestants who decide to go all "mean girls" on one of their co-competitors and it gets very uncomfortable and 'high school' in it's tone. But the amazing skill of these men and women is still the star of the show and it's worth watching in spite of the silliness. Last, but most certainly not least, "Top Shot" is hosted by Colby Donaldson.
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