I heartily disagree with anyone who says Cam Brainard (the surfer-dude announcer) completely ruins this show. In fact, his hilarious commentary is what makes this show unique and eminently watchable. His penchant for pointing out "sweet mullets" and freeze-frame "guess the outcome" trivia can and will make you laugh out loud. Most of the footage of the show is of idiots doing idiotic things, which makes it very hard to feel sorry for any of them, and they never ever show anyone getting seriously hurt or killed. In the rare situation where someone is a truly innocent victim, he assumes a serious persona. But for the rest of the idiots, it's open season.
This is the only "reality" TV show I watch, and it's edited for those who, like me, have short attention spans and don't like the shaky hand-held COPS footage, or the super-blurry and pseudo-serious "World's Wildest Police Videos." This show is, to use a term coined by Tom Wolfe, "Pornoviolence" in its finest form. Let's be honest: people watch these shows because they love to see bad stuff happen to other people. They love to see humans at their worst, doing stupid things, and paying the penalty for it. That's why you're watching. You want to be entertained. You want to laugh with your buddies, and talk about how you can't believe how dumb some of these people are. No harm in that, people, it's human nature! So why, then, do viewers get so offended by the humorous slant of the show? It's because in today's culture, it's not deemed acceptable to laugh at the misfortune of others. Some shows, like "World's Wildest," proclaim to be educational shows which show you what can go wrong and how to deal with it. Such proclamations are pretentious, self-effacing and obviously false; anyone can see that simply by watching the show. It's entertainment, pure and simple, and shouldn't masquerade as anything else.
So grab a beer, order a pizza, invite some buddies over, and laugh over episodes such as "Men Are Stupid" and "Earth: The World's Most Dangerous Planet." You'll get exactly what the titles promise: entertainment, with little or no educational value, but without the contrived "we're here to teach you something" façade.
I love this show.
Sweet mullet, dude!
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