A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »
Charles Nelson Reilly
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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10/10 for funny videos. 0/10 for picking the winners. The show is decent (with the exception of Bergeron) up until the last five minutes when they pick the three nominees for the prize. The three they pick are the three dumbest, lamest, most unfunny videos in the entire show. Kids, babies, and dogs are apparently the only things that are funny on this show, and every other video is irrelevant.
Screw you, AFV producers and staff. Tom Bergeron, that includes you. What garbage you have made out of what used to be funny. I can't believe that this show gets high enough ratings to stay on the air for 20+ seasons. But, I suppose the standard has been set so low nowadays, it doesn't take much. I will always (regrettably) remember the episode where the winning clip was a baby sucking a spaghetti noodle up its nose. Good lord, what has this country come to to think that is actually funny? Won't be watching this show anymore.
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