Nickelodeon's Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide chronicles the wacky adventures of Ned Bigby and his best pals Moze and Cookie at James K. Polk Middle School, as "every-kid" Ned ... See full summary »
Daniel Curtis Lee
Comedian/scientist Bill Nye stars as the host of this show designed to get kids interested in the science of everyday, and some not-so- everyday, things. On a full range of subjects, ... See full summary »
Carly hosts her own home-grown web show, iCarly, Carly and sidekick Sam's regular Web casts ultimately feature everything from comedy sketches and talent contests to interviews, recipes, and problem-solving.
A Hidden Camera Show similar to Candid Camera but famous celebrities are the victims. Each week Ashton and his crew of pranksters play a joke on celebrities such as Justin Timberlake and Frankie Muniz.
The staff of Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey, led by Buddy Valastro, shows how it prepares elaborate themed cakes for various occasions. Each episode typically features the ... See full summary »
Frankie Amato Jr.
The Amanda Show is another series that was spun off of "All That" for another of its breakout stars. It's a skit show with some of the characteristics of "All That" but with different ... See full summary »
"America's Funniest Home Videos" was inspired by a series of successful TV specials, where home viewers were invited to send in videotapes of their "funniest" moments. In "AFHV," host Saget provided commentary to the home videos which often showed wedding and sports bloopers, children and pets either being themselves or getting into trouble, furniture or other objects giving way (usually contributing to someone's fall) and "comical" reactions to getting inadvertently hit (usually in the groin). Sometimes, certain videos were grouped into themes, such as Christmas or a summer vacation, or had sentimental value to them, such as a marriage proposal; other times, videos were set to classic rock tunes. The top three videos of the week as selected by the producers were eligible for each week's $10,000 top prize; the audience would electronically vote for their one favorite video. Weekly winners got to compete in a later special for a $100,000 top prize. Written by
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When the show first came on in 1990, it was funny, namely because of its novelty value. Home videos were still relatively rare, and there were already occasional programs depicting the occasional flubbed lines, minor accidents, etc. by professional television people. Why not expand the idea to amateurs making their videos?
And there were funny events such as minor accidents at gatherings, or while playing sports, or people who were supposed to do or say one thing but forgot or goofed, or animals or kids doing something they weren't supposed to. These things happen in real life, after all.
Of course, as the years went by and the show started offering "funniest" awards, inevitably people would send in staged "bloopers" or things that were shocking rather than humorous, or any of a number of outrageous actions in a desperate attempt to top other videos. In other words, people were trying anything to get on television to be seen by millions. Which I supposed was inevitable during the show's too-long run.
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