What is wrong with America’s Funniest Home Video

I know that America exports many things around the world including television series.  I am not sure if the illustrious America’s Funniest Home Video is one of them.  Over here is has been on almost 20 years.  It is essentially a bunch of home videos of men falling off roofs, kids being chased by animals, old women falling at a wedding and other hilarious things.

The show is never destination television for me but when I find myself spending the day on the couch especially after staying up until 3AM cleaning up after a Halloween Party it seems one of those things I flip to.  Now I am not going to say I don’t enjoy the show because I do. I will never tire of a kid in boxing gloves hitting his dad square in the nuts.  I enjoy it at least up until the last 8 minutes of the show.  This is the time they announce the producers pick for the funniest three clips of the show that the studio audience will vote on to win $10,000.

Yet, in all my years of casually watching the show, the “producers” NEVER NEVER NEVER pick the funniest clips.  It’s always the staged things or crap that I am not sure why they find funny enough to have put it in the first 22 minutes.  If my gig with the Simpsons doesn’t work out, I would be happy to pick the top videos for the producers of AFV.

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57 Responses to “What is wrong with America’s Funniest Home Video”

  1. I agree with you Bear, they really don’t pick the ones that are totally funny, so I haven’t watch it in years.

  2. “I find myself spending the day on the coach”

    Geez Bearman when did you get kinky. So tell me, football or basketball coach a curious loon wants to know?

  3. we have Australia’s Funniest Videos, so I guess we stole that from you guys (like we do with most TV shows)

  4. I’m with you on this one. AFV is like watching a train wreck: I shouldn’t be looking, but darn, it’s so entertaining. The producers should just give $1,000 to every video they show on an episode.

  5. Susi Spice Says:

    u know what show i LOVE to this very day!? COPS… bad boys bad boys watcha gonna do..watcha gonna do when they come for you… hehe. love it! now that should be on AVF!

  6. AH, the staged ones!! I would stop watching for a week when I was a kid to “punish” AFV for picking a staged one. SO annoying.

    One stands out: A guy closing his garage door in the snow, and a ton of snow falls down on him from the door. Now, why was his wife videotaping him closing a garage door? Yeah, for the sole purpose of having snow fall on him so they could send it in for a chance to win money. Those things ruined the show.

    Anyway, AVF is kind of obsolete, now, what with YouTube and all.

  7. Hey, you can do Simpsons and Funniest Home Video, and stay up till 3am on the couch.

  8. I can’t watch it. I like the videos, but watching the staged antics with Tom Bergeron and audience members is like watching your parents make-out on the couch.

    Horrifying.

  9. exactly- why is that? i love that show, i can even watch a rerun and chances are i’ll laugh again! and another thing, you had a party and i wasnt invited!!! (wondering what a party at bearmans would be like)

  10. spilledinkguy Says:

    Makes me sore just thinking about that show … kinda’ wanna’ cringe and roll into a ball … 🙂

  11. Bill Sagat was bad but Tom Bergeron is frightening….

    however, when you’re coach surfing sometimes you can’t be choosy.

  12. It was funny back when I was a kid, but yeah – there’s nothing funny about a guy falling off a roof anymore (unless he was dressed as a chicken and landed in some chicken McNuggets…now THAT’S funny!)

  13. Now they have all of these “world’s dumbest” and “most stupid” shows on. Forget the friendly little punch to the nuts, these shows are full blown never-gonna-be-able-to-have-kids-again punches!

  14. We don’t get America’s version, they do Australia’s Funniest Home Videos here. I was only making this point to my wife while watching it last Saturday evening. The winner for that episode was pretty lame while there were plenty of hilarious ones that didn’t even make it to the top 3. I think it is the 3 that have the most money attached to the video tape that get picked…

  15. Susi Spice Says:

    and they repeat the videos most of which are AMERICAN people.. has no one been listening to me!?

    • Why is it that I can get more Aussies commenting than Americans. I am going to have to bone up on my Australian politics so I can appease my down under market.

      • Susi Spice Says:

        bearman i couldnt agree with you more…. given that americans are usually the loud mouthed unshutables whenever we see them as tourists.

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