The Apprentice (U.S. season 1)

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The Apprentice 1
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runJanuary 2004 (2004-01) – April 2004 (2004-04)
Additional information
Filming datesSeptember 2003 (2003-09) – October 2003 (2003-10)
No. of candidates16
Teams"Protégé" and "Versacorp"
WinnerBill Rancic
All-StarsOmarosa Manigault-Stallworth (10th)
Season chronology
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The Apprentice 1
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runJanuary 2004 (2004-01) – April 2004 (2004-04)
Additional information
Filming datesSeptember 2003 (2003-09) – October 2003 (2003-10)
No. of candidates16
Teams"Protégé" and "Versacorp"
WinnerBill Rancic
All-StarsOmarosa Manigault-Stallworth (10th)
Season chronology
← Previous

The first season of The Apprentice (later called The Apprentice 1) aired on NBC in the winter and spring of 2004. It is now available on DVD. It features 16 candidates.

This season was a ratings smash, ranking at #7 in the average weekly Nielsen Rankings, with an average viewership of 20.7 million viewers each week. The final episode of the season was seen by an estimated 28.05 million viewers and ranked as the #1 show of the week, beating out a new episode of CSI. It was the most popular new show of 2004.

Summary[edit]

Season one had real estate magnate Donald Trump as the show's executive producer and host.

The season started with 16 contestants, eight men and eight women from around the United States. Each had been successful in various enterprises, including real estate, restaurant management, political consulting, and sales. During the show, the contestants lived communally in a suite at Trump Tower in Manhattan, located on the fourth floor. Elimination took the form of one contestant being "fired" by Trump at the conclusion of each week's episode. Filming the entire season took three months.

The contestants were originally divided into two "corporations" by gender. The men chose to name their company "Versacorp", and the women chose to name their company "Protégé Corporation".

Each week, Trump assigned the teams a task. Each team selected a "project manager" to lead them in the week's assigned task. The winning team received a reward, while the losing team faced a boardroom showdown with Trump and two of his associates in order to determine which team member would be fired.

Elimination proceeded in two stages. In the first stage, Trump confronted the losing team and required the week's project manager to select two additional team members which the project manager believed were most responsible for the loss.

The rest of the team was dismissed (allowed to go back up to the suite, because they were safe to stay for the next round), and the project manager and the two other selected members faced a final confrontation several minutes later in which Trump fired one of the three. Trump is now well known for his catchphrase "You're fired!", and he sought to trademark the phrase in 2004.[1]

The candidates[edit]

Both teams, or "corporations", were divided by their gender.

CandidateBackgroundOriginal teamAgeHometownResult
Bill RancicCigar business ownerVersacorp32Chicago, IllinoisHired by Trump
(4–15–2004)
Kwame JacksonInvestment managerVersacorp29New York, New YorkFired in the season finale
(4–15–2004)
Amelia "Amy" HenryAccount managerProtégé30Austin, Texas10Fired in week 13
(4–1–2004)
Nick WarnockCopier salesmanVersacorp27Los Angeles, California10Fired in week 13
(4–1–2004)
Troy McClainMortgage brokerVersacorp32Boise, Idaho10 Fired in week 12
(3–25–2004)
Katrina CampinsReal estate agentProtégé24Coral Gables, Florida10 Fired in week 11
(3–18–2004)
Heidi BresslerSenior account executiveProtégé30Philadelphia, Pennsylvania10 Fired in week 10
(3–11–2004)
Omarosa Manigault-StallworthPolitical consultantProtégé29Washington, D.C.10 Fired in week 9
(3–4–2004)
Ereka VetriniMarketing managerProtégé27New York, New York10 Fired in week 8
(2–26–2004)
Tammy LeeStockbrokerProtégé36Seattle, Washington10 Fired in week 7
(2–19–2004)
Jessie ConnersMarketing firm ownerProtégé21New Richmond, Wisconsin10 Fired in week 6
(2–12–2004)
Kristi FrankRestaurant ownerProtégé30Bel Air, California10 Fired in week 5
(2–5–2004)
Bowie HoggAccount executiveVersacorp25Arlington, Texas10 Fired in week 4
(1–29–2004)
Sam SoloveyBusiness directorVersacorp27Chevy Chase, Maryland10 Fired in week 3
(1–22–2004)
Jason CurisReal estate managerVersacorp24Detroit, Michigan10 Fired in week 2
(1–15–2004)
David GouldVenture capitalistVersacorp31New York, New York10 Fired in week 1
(1–8–2004)


Elimination Chart
Candidate1234567891011121315
BillINININININWINBRBRINWININININHIRED
KwameININBRLOSEININININLOSEINWINBRINFIRED
AmyINWINININININININININLOSEINFIRED
NickINBRINBRWINININBRWINININWINFIRED
TroyLOSEINININININWINININLOSEINFIRED
KatrinaINININWINININLOSEINININFIRED
HeidiININININBRBRINWINBRFIRED
OmarosaININININBRLOSEININFIRED
ErekaWINININININININFIRED
TammyININININININFIRED
JessieININWINININFIRED
KristiININININFIRED
BowieININBRFIRED
SamBRBRFIRED
JasonINFIRED
DavidFIRED
     The contestant was hired and won the competition.
     The contestant won as project manager on his/her team.
     The contestant lost as project manager on his/her team.
     The contestant was brought to the final boardroom.
     The contestant was fired.
     The contestant lost as project manager and was fired.

Weekly summary[edit]

Week 1: "Meet the Billionaire"[edit]

Week 2: "Sex, Lies and Altitude"[edit]

Week 3: "Respect"[edit]

Week 4: "Ethics Schmethics"[edit]

Week 5: "Trading Places"[edit]

Week 6: "Tit for Tat"[edit]

Week 7: "Dupe-lex"[edit]

Week 8: "Ice Escapades"[edit]

Week 9: "DNA, Heads and the Undead Kitty"[edit]

Week 10: "Wheeling and Dealing"[edit]

"A Look Back"[edit]

Week 11: "Circus, Circus"[edit]

Week 12: "The Price is Height"[edit]

Week 13: "Down to The Wire"[edit]

Semifinal[edit]

Final[edit]

Week 15: "Season Finale"[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Candidate websites[edit]