Bizarre Game Shows That Were Actually on the Air at One Point
Among decades-long classics like Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune lie several game shows with stranger rule books. These weird game shows range from the zany, to funny, to outright sadistic. Musical chairs, racing giraffes, and touching trucks are just a few of the odd concepts that TV execs thought were a good idea for public consumption.
These funny game shows will have you trolling YouTube for hours on end, unable to believe they ever made it to air.
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Perhaps because of its enormous popularity, not many people consider Fear Factor a weird concept. But if you take a step back and consider that a nation tuned in each night to watch strangers eat bugs and dip themselves into tarantula pits, you might reconsider.
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Repo Games is a sadistic game show aired by Spike TV that featured two men arriving unexpectedly to repossess a family's car. The catch? If the family could answer a series of trivia questions correctly, they got to keep the car. (Presumably, the network paid off outstanding debts?) But if not - well, tough luck.
Fun fact: one disgruntled contestant ended up facing a charge for attempted murder after shooting at the production van.
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Back in the late 80s and early 90s, MTV featured a bizarre game show called Remote Control. Contestants would gather in the "basement" of the show's host, Ken Ober, and his sidekick, Colin Quinn. On a cheap-looking television were nine pop culture channels that provided questions for the competitors.
Other wacky features of the show were frequent snack breaks (which often came in the form of the snack simply being poured on top of the contestants' heads) and voice cameos from Ken Ober's mother, who would shout, presumably, from upstairs.
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One of the more exploitative items on our list, this show pitted man against beast in feats of athletic prowess. Some examples? How about an elephant competing against 44 little people in a jet-pulling challenge? Or a human vs. giraffe footrace? Eventually it was pulled from the air.
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Nothing indicates high art like a pun in the title. Oh Sit! was a game show that was, essentially, musical chairs. Contestants struggled through an inflatable obstacle course while a live band played accompanying music. Those who made it to the chairs at the end were safe - those who found themselves without a place to sit were offed.
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On the popular 50s and 60s game show Queen For A Day, female contestants vied for prizes much like contestants do on Wheel of Fortune or The Price Is Right. But rather than guessing letters or prices, the women won based on who had the worst life. That's right—each show consisted of total strangers trying to convince the judge that her life was the worst.