Outlandish or strange tv game shows

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  1. B_mitchymo

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    What game shows have you ever seen or watch currently that are bizarre or controversial? I shall start with three that i have seen as a teenager (the 90's were quite funny for tv entertainment here).

    1. Naked Elvis - a student game show where two teams answered questions very simple but after each round a man dressed as Elvis would remove a piece of his clothing until at the end he would be completely naked and doing a little dance, why? who knows? It was strange.

    2. God's Gift - I loved this show! It had an audience of women and occasionally gay men in the special series but five guys would compete in various challenges involving showing off their skill at things such as being sexy or chat-up lines and stripping, the winner will get to choose a girl of his choice from the audience who would go on a date and the outcome of the date which was occassionally funny when they did'nt actually get along would be shown on the next show. It was hosted by Davina McCall a few years before she became host of BBUK

    3. Carnal Knowledge - Hosted by Graham Norton and a woman who had a sexy voice whose name escapes me had contestants in three couples who demonstrated their knowledge of sex and each other by answering questions and performing challenges which included drawing chalk people in sex positions and showing as many sex positions that they knew on a mat on the floor and using special screens with a hole in a particular place one half of the couple would have to guess which bodypart of three or four belonged to their other half.

    I've not seen any really strange gameshows lately other than Japan's Takeshi's Castle which i think is pretty funny.

    I hear Russia has had the most controversial game show involving real crooks, real police and real grand theft auto style chases where the crook gets to keep the stolen car if he can evade police for long enough.
     
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    Not sure if you're talking about the original show or the English redubbing of the show: MXC (Most Extreme Elimination Challenge), which I find to be absolutely hilarious. Does anyone not love the Babaganoosh family?:tongue:
     
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    Maria Mcerlane? Funny theme tune on that - think she went on to Eurotrash.
     
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    One of the strangest games shows in America was Queen For A Day. It started innocently enough as a kind of mini beauty pageant where the audience voted for who should be Queen For A Day at the end. The Queen was then showered with all kinds of prizes, given a tiara, a bouquet, and a scepter.

    What contestants quickly figured out was that the person with the most pathetic story would get a big sympathy vote and win. During the show's run from 1945 (on radio) to 1964 (on TV), each contestant would spend her time on the air relating the most miserable of stories imaginable. Some of the winners were in such desperate straits, from homelessness to incurable illness, that all the fanfare at the end made Queen For A Day easily the most maudlin show to ever have aired on American TV. There were parades of endless destitute and desperate women, many so broke that they swallowed their pride in hope of being a big winner.

    Another problem was that the show went out live and sometimes the contestants had problems that were wildly inappropriate for the various sponsors. One woman who was caring for her veteran husband who lost both his arms in WWII won a lifetime supply of deodorant. Another whose family was homeless, won a vacation to Hawaii. When ever this happened, the hosts tried to laugh it off or suggest the contestant raffle the prize. More than a few women ended the show crying not in joy, but in despair.

    Queen For A Day was revived in 1969 but in an attempt to make it more tasteful, the producers decided to hire actresses to play the contestants and use pre-written scripts. They just forgot to tell the public about it and when people found out, the show was doomed.
     
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    haha, mcfarlane could be her yep. yep the theme tune was funny.

    Eurotrash lol i had forgotten about that show, now that is the funniest programme i've ever seen.
     
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    I can remember watching blankety ______, that was quite bizzare:rolleyes:
     
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    What is Eurotrash? I know what the term means here in the US but I assume you're talking about a TV show. Does it involve throwing rotting vegetables at obnoxious continental types?
     
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    lol no

    It was a cheesy half hour programme which had several series due to popularity and was hosted by Antoine de Caunnes and some french kilt wearing fashion designer with a shaved head (name escapes me).

    It focused on all sorts of european off the wall culture and entertainment, it featured things like bizarre europop music to ciccolina's italian porn to politics career, toilet museums to sausage making competitions, porn production companies to nude gyms. It featured guests usually glamour models in a 5min slot that would talk about their career, i enjoyed a swedish male model who became an overnight success after his butt was featured in a magazine advertisement (he had a v. nice butt).

    It was absolutely daft and had voiceover that evidently distorted what was being said by foreign persons in the videos to comic effect.

    The series had regular extras that did reports too such as Lola Ferrari and the Romeo Cleaners (don't ask) and an array of paper mache animals such as a giraffe and cows that would be hovering in the background.

    You should try and find clips online because it really was weird and funny and is hard to explain how cult it was at the time suffice to say as you either loved it or ridiculed it or both lol

    The show often featured nudity, sex, vulgarity, downright oddity always with a good dose of humour.
     
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    Ahhh!

    Egads! That, "french kilt wearing fashion designer with a shaved head," is Jean-Paul Gaultier! Damn!

    See this is why the UK will never be Euro and why Americans have so little respect for contemporary European culture. It's this kind of thing we, as a people, find incomprehensible when they talk about how vapid American culture is.

    Haha! "Mannequin Pis is there to remind Belgian men that they have a penis."
     
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    I think our very own Jonah Falcon had a small scene on Eurotrash to my knowledge.
     
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    I thought that BEAT THE GEEKS show was pretty outrageous.
     
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