"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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I watched this back when they had their other host, um, what was his name? I forget his name, but he was on an older show with kids and I recall that his hosting of AFV was rather cheesy.
Tom does a pretty great job hosting, considering that your watching a show where people hurt themselves physically or have their ego's bruised by being seen in a silly or negative light.
I'm normally not into watching others suffer, but this show makes me laugh every time. I'm not sure why, because I do feel bad for those that get hurt or when something bad happens like a party getting ruined, but some of it is so funny that I laugh later just thinking back on it.
So, ignore the host, and if you've got TiVo or the like, you can just record it and fast forward past him, because the whole point of the show is the videos, not the host.
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