Capture (TV series)

Also known as 'The Hunt[1]
Genre Reality competition
Presented by Luke Tipple
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s)
  • Brady Connell
  • David Garfinkle
  • Jay Renfroe
  • Sean Foley
  • Shye Sutherland
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network The CW
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release July 30 (2013-07-30) – September 25, 2013
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Capture is an American reality competition television series on The CW that is hosted by Luke Tipple and premiered on July 30, 2013.[2]


Capture, brings twelve teams of two to a 4,000-acre wilderness area called the Arena to participate in hunts to eliminate other teams as they vie for a $250,000 grand prize.[3][4] The competition lasts for a month, and the teams, while still in the game, reside in a small camp named the Village and given meager food and rations, and otherwise forced to rely on survival skills for other resources. Teams are identified by matching color jackets they wear, and must stay together throughout the game. During hunts, each player wears a special vest mounted with an over-the-shoulder camera, as well as an armband mounted with a screen that can be used to display a map of the area, the team's current location, and other information during the hunt.


The competition is divided into two-day cycles, each day featuring one four-hour hunt. At the start of each cycle, one team is randomly selected as the Hunt team, and the remaining teams are Prey. Over the course of these two days, the Hunt team stays at the Lodge, a special part of the camp with better shelter and improved provisions. They are also allowed to invite one other team to join them for the night between hunts. The Hunt team is challenged to capture two teams during the two hunts. They are given the opportunity to capture one team during the first hunt, and if they fail to do so, they can attempt to make two captures during the second hunt. The Prey teams are given a few minutes head start at the beginning of each hunt before the Hunt team follows them. A team is captured by the Hunt team by attaching their activated Talons (small metal, magnetic disks) onto the vest of either member of a Prey team. The Talon is only active for a few minutes after which the Hunt team must wait for some time before they can attempt capture again. The Hunt team is given no special information about the locations of the other teams, however if a Prey team remains still for more than three minutes, the Hunt team is shown the location of this team on their armband display. The hunt is concluded once a team is captured or time runs out. Teams that are captured are kept in a cage-like area of camp and are given limited provisions and minimal shelter compared to the other teams.


During a hunt, an Advantage may be placed on the field. The first team to reach the Advantage gains an ability, which may vary from hunt to hunt. Each team is shown the location of the Advantage; teams may either pursue the Advantage in an effort to reach it first, or avoid the Advantage in order to minimize the probability of an encounter with the Hunt team. In certain cases, all Prey team alarms may be active during a hunt until the Advantage has been claimed. Advantages featured in Season 1 include:

Supply stations

Supply points may be available for all Prey teams, though they are only available for one hour. A supply point is a safety zone which the Hunt team may not enter, and contains one or more advantageous items that Prey teams may claim in order of arrival. Items located at supply stations have included:


On the night of the second day, between one and two teams are eligible for elimination, depending on the Hunt team's success in capturing Prey.

In the latter two cases, the eliminated team is determined by vote of non-eligible teams; in the case of a tie, the Hunt team casts the tie-breaking vote.


Capture is filmed in an area of wilderness just northeast of Shaver Lake, in eastern California (37°08′26″N 119°15′47″W / 37.14056°N 119.26306°W / 37.14056; -119.26306). The terrain is mostly dry, wooded, and hilly and located around 6,000 ft above sea level, making breathing difficult. Environmental conditions play a factor in gameplay, as players must tolerate near-freezing temperatures at night while sleeping in basic bunks, blankets, and tarps; the occasional rain or hailstorm; and other elements of wilderness survival. Movement injuries (such as sprained joints) are common as a result of fast movement over the varied (and occasionally rugged) terrain.

Final hunt

Once only two teams remain, the final hunt starts with both teams as Prey, and are given separate locations where they can find their Talons. The first team to acquire their Talons becomes the Hunt team, but the roles then switch every fifteen minutes afterwards. The first team to capture the other while they are the Hunt team wins the game.



"Capture" uses the NinjaTel Van to provide wireless network connectivity to the remote wilderness area.[5]

TV Elements

Capture uses reconstructions of the hunt to facilitate the production of each episode. While some scenes are from player mounted cameras and from what appear to be fixed camera positions throughout the hunt area, a substantial portion of the footage of a hunt comes from players reenactment. A disclaimer following each episode states that the reenactments have no bearing on the outcomes of the game.

The use of reenactments and real footage sometimes results in the skewing of how close hunt and prey teams really get to each other. This is commonly seen when the camera switches back and forth between views. The reenactments tend to show teams much closer to each other than corresponding player mounted cameras.


Contestant Team Finish Total votes
Antoine Burton
21, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Episode 10
Kareem Dawson
21, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jade Ramsey
25, Bournemouth, England
Eliminated 11th
Episode 10
Nikita Ramsey
25, Bournemouth, England
Rob Anderson
25, Chicago, Illinois
Eliminated 10th
Episode 10
Jacob Kosior
26, Chicago, Illinois
Matt Rosado
23, Riverside, California
(Boyfriend & Girlfriend)
Eliminated 9th
Episode 9
Kaliesha West
25, Moreno Valley, California
Arlynn Ilgenfritz
29, Boulder, Colorado
(Best Friends)
Eliminated 8th
Episode 8
Kirsten Rechnitz
29, Boulder, Utah
Sabrina Pomilio
24, Brooklyn, New York
(Brooklyn Girls)
Eliminated 7th
Episode 7
Noelle Prideaux
25, Brooklyn, New York
Chris Wallace
25, Cornelius, Oregon
Eliminated 6th
Episode 6
Nick Wallace
23, Cornelius, Oregon
James Wallington
23, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Eliminated 5th
Episode 5
Rebecca Wallington
21, Grand Rapids, Michigan
Eric Praxedes
27, Seabeck, Washington
Eliminated 4th
Episode 4
Shane Steinman
27, West Palm Beach, Florida
Erica Madrid
21, Boulder, Colorado
(Parkour Couple)
Eliminated 3rd
Episode 3
Ryan Ford
25, Boulder, Colorado
Tremana White
23, Boston, Massachusetts
(Friends Without Benefits)
Eliminated 2nd
Episode 2
Jarick Walker
24, Boston, Massachusetts
Kellee Edwards
26, San Bernardino, California
(Soul Sisters)
Eliminated 1st
Episode 1
Marlina Moreno
30, San Diego, California


Place Team Episodes Total Votes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 Antoine & Kareem Yellow Pink Red Blue Black Red - Pink White Red Winners3 0
2 Jade & Nikita - Grey Purple - Lime Gold - CAUGHT CAUGHT CAUGHT CAUGHT3 1
3 Rob & Jacob Yellow Grey CAUGHT - Lime CAUGHT1 - Pink White OUT 5
4 Matt & Kaliesha - Pink Red Blue Black Red - Teal OUT 2
5 Arlynn & Kirsten Yellow CAUGHT Red - Lime Gold - OUT 5
6 Sabrina & Noelle Yellow - Purple CAUGHT CAUGHT Gold OUT 3
7 Chris & Nick Yellow Pink Purple Blue Black OUT1 3
8 James & Rebecca CAUGHT Grey Purple Blue OUT 4
9 Eric & Shane Yellow Grey Purple OUT 4
10 Ryan & Erica - Grey OUT 5
11 Jarick & Tremana Lime OUT 5
12 Kellee & Marlina OUT 6
Looking Glass None N/A Lime Teal N/A N/A N/A Green N/A N/A N/A
Advantage Purple White Lime Lime None Black Teal Green None None
Sabotaged Blue Black Blue Red All2 White Green2 White None None
     This Team was the Hunt Team
     This Team was the Hunt Team, but only caught 1 other team and was put up for Elimination
     This Team was the Hunt Team, but only caught 1 other team and was put up for Elimination, and voted out
     This Team was the Hunt Team, but could not catch any other team and was Eliminated
     This Team was caught by the Hunt Team
     This Team was caught by the Hunt Team, and voted out
     This Team found the Mystery Box

^1 During the sixth hunt, Teal won the power to overthrow the current hunt team (Gold). They chose to replace them with the Red team who had been caught by Gold the previous day. The Red team then caught Gold during the second day. Meaning that Red and Gold would be up for elimination after catching each other.

^2 Alarms were set on the teams at the start of the sixth and eighth hunts

^3 During the final hunt, the two teams alternated being the hunt and prey teams every 15 minutes. Green team caught the teal team while they were the hunters, making them the winners of the game.


No. Title Original air date Rating/Share
U.S. viewers
1 "The Hunt Begins" July 30, 2013 0.4/1[6] 0.93[6]
2 "Hunger Strikes" August 6, 2013 0.3/1[7] 0.81[7]
3 "The Blue Devils" August 13, 2013 0.3/1[8] 0.75[8]
4 "Angel With a Broken Wing" August 20, 2013 0.4/1[9] 0.90[9]
5 "Double Jeopardy" August 27, 2013 0.4/1[10] 1.00[10]
6 "Reversal of Fortune" September 3, 2013 0.3/1[11] 0.84[11]
7 "Call of the Wild" September 10, 2013 0.4/1[12] 0.93[12]
8 "The Peanut Butter Pact" September 17, 2013 0.4/1[13] 0.95[13]
9 "Sabotage!" September 24, 2013 0.2/1[14] 0.69[14]
10 "The Final Countdown" September 25, 2013 0.2/1[15] 0.58[15]


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  10. 1 2 Kondolojy, Amanda (August 28, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Extreme Weight Loss' Adjusted Up; No Adjustment for 'America's Got Talent' or 'Whose Line is it Anyway?'". TV by the Numbers.
  11. 1 2 Bibel, Sara (September 5, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'America's Got Talent', 'So You Think You Can Dance' & 'Extreme Weight Loss' Adjusted Up". TV by the Numbers.
  12. 1 2 Kondolojy, Amanda (September 11, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: Final Ratings for 'So You Think You Can Dance' Finale and 'America's Got Talent'". TV by the Numbers.
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  14. 1 2 Kondolojy, Amanda (September 25, 2013). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.', 'The Voice' & 'NCIS' Adjusted Up; 'The Goldbergs' & 'Chicago Fire' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers.
  15. 1 2 Kondolojy, Amanda (September 26, 2013). "Wednesday Final Ratings: 'The Middle', 'Modern Family' and 'Survivor' Adjusted Up; 'Nashville' & 'CSI' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers.

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