For one brief season in 2004, there was a PBS reality show called Colonial House, in which modern day participants lived round-the-clock in a replica of a 1628 Plymouth Colony village. Colonial House had some very special guests when Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King dropped in to live and work with them for an episode of Oprah's talk show but no one could have known that their episode would turn out to the one of the funniest TV moments in recent memory.
Colonial House was designed to be a realistic recreation of what it was like to live in colonial America. Filmed at a remote outpost in Maine, the show was overseen by historians and experts to insure a high level of accuracy, but they were not prepared for the likes of some of television's most sophisticated queens. Though the two friends would take away some meaningful lessons from the experience, it was, first and foremost, a hoot to watch them try to adjust to a very different life.
Here is a rundown of their time in seventeenth century America.