The Superstars pitted athletes from all different sports against each other to determine the best athlete in the world. Eight celebrities were paired with eight professional male and female athletes to compete against each other in varying sporting events.

The Superstars - Netflix

Type: Game Show

Languages: English

Status: Ended

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2009-06-23

The Superstars - Superstar - Netflix

Superstar is a term used to refer to someone who has great popular appeal and is widely known, prominent, or successful in some field. Celebrities referred to as “superstars” may include individuals who work as actors, musicians, athletes, and other media-based professions.

The Superstars - Origin of term - Netflix

The origin of the term in the context of celebrity is uncertain, but a similar expression is attested in The Cricketers of My Time, a famous cricket book by John Nyren about the Hambledon Club. Writing in 1832, Nyren described the outstanding 18th-century batsman John Small as “a star of the first magnitude”. The earliest use of the term “superstar” has been credited to Frank Patrick in reference to the great hockey players on his Vancouver Millionaires teams of the 1910s-1920s, specifically Cyclone Taylor. Within a major published piece in Interview Magazine that appeared in June 1977, when asked by editor Glenn O’Brien, “Who invented the word superstar?” Andy Warhol, the pop artist known for popularizing the term, responded, “I think it was [the performance artist and filmmaker] Jack Smith.” O’Brien then asked, “And who were the first superstars?” To which Warhol responded, “They were all Jack Smith’s stars; every one of them was really a great person.” The term received widespread and commonplace use from the title of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, in particular the 1970 concept album of the musical and the eponymous hit song. “Super Star” is the name of a hugely successful rose which Harry Wheatcroft introduced and named in 1960, licensed from a German developer..

The Superstars - References - Netflix