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If you are a certain age this TV show evokes fond memories of hilarity that ensued when unknowing participants were pranked so their reaction could be caught on camera. The reactions were priceless. The show started in the late 40’s and continued until 1967. Starting again in 1974 it was on network TV and in syndication sporadically until 2004.

The Creator and host of the show for much of its run was Allen Funt. I am sure this was one of the first TV shows in the reality format that is so popular now. Many clips of this show can now be viewed on YouTube or on the Candid Camera Website.

I never saw the MTV show but I believe it was harder edged and other imitations tended to humiliate the person who was being pranked. Candid Camera was much gentler and they laughed along with you at the reaction rather than laughing at you.

For those of you who have never seen the show or very little I encourage you to go online and check out the show. It will leave you feeling better than when you started watching it. With today’s TV shows especially the reality TV genre you feel worse for having watched it. Below is a list of shows that were similar that you may also enjoy or remember:

  • Truth Or Consequences
  • To Tell The Truth and What’s My Line (Yes, they are games shows)
  • TV bloopers and practical jokes – with Ed McMahon and Dick Clark how could it go wrong?
  • America’s Funniest Home Videos (This got tiresome after a while)
  • Mythbusters – a relatively new show based on science to prove or disprove myths.

Have a great week and smile you’re on candid camera!

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Written by pacelinebiz

July 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

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