In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.
Contestants were asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.
"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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Yeah, the most common complaint you hear about AFV is the 'artistic merit' of the show, but who cares -- it's funny. Obviously, it's not funny in a cerebral or enlightening way, it just makes you feel GOOD.
I rediscovered this show thanks to KDOC (Orange County) reruns five nights a week, and I'm impressed with how the show is still funny all these years later. C'mon, everybody knows that Bob Saget's jokes were cringe-worthy even back in the day, and Tom Bergeron's antics fare only slightly better. Yet the main draw of the show isn't the host -- it's the videos themselves. That's why AFV is still getting ratings 19 seasons later. AFV (and COPS as well) has a dynamite formula -- it presents content that reflects people from all walks of life, rich, poor, educated or not, and offers a show that anybody can relate to. It is a show for all of us, no matter where we came from or what we believe.
I've heard people on the boards complain about how stupid the show is and how the producers pay ABC to air the show, rah bah, bah. But here's the deal, the politics behind the show are irrelevant to the enjoyment it provides to its audience. Let's be reasonable, who in their right mind would expect a program called AMERICA'S FUNNIEST (HOME) VIDEOS to be thought provoking anyhow?
So sit back, grab a snack, and the enjoy corny atmosphere of the show, 'cause with AFV, the one thing you can count on is plenty good 'ol fashioned American Cheesy Goodness!!!
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