Candid Camera

1949, TV Show

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Mayim Bialik Pulls Pranks With TV Lands Candid Camera Update

Smile, Mayim Bialik, you're the host of the new Candid Camera! The star of TV's No. 1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory, gets candid about reviving primetime's original prank show, which aired on and off for more than five decades.

TV Guide Magazine: Candid Camera? A real-life PhD in neuroscience should be hosting Jeopardy!, shouldn't she?
Mayim Bialik:
I appreciate that! I'm actually terrible at Jeopardy! This is a really neat fit, because they're happy to have a female who's interested in the larger issues. As Peter Funt, my producer and cohost [son of the classic show's creator, Allen Funt], said, "I'm more than just a pretty face." [Laughs]

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Season 1, Episode 8
An un-tanning machine that takes away your tan. Customers are charged an in-store purchase fee. A man asks passersby to make change for a dime.

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Season 1, Episode 7
New Yorkers learn they must use eight trash cans for recycling. A grocery store requires three forms of ID for purchases.

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Season 1, Episode 5
Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips) plays a hilariously nervous tattoo artist. Patrons at a New York restaurant are served dishes which are entirely foam. Golfers get frustrated when balls magically fall off the tee.

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Season 1, Episode 3
Volunteers in Denver sample what they believe is marijuana, but the "buzz" they claim to feel is from pure water vapor. Drivers are stopped for going 8 MPH in a 5 MPH zone. At diner, a guy dunks his donut in strangers' coffee.

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Mayim Bialik Pulls Pranks With TV Lands Candid Camera Update

Smile, Mayim Bialik, you're the host of the new Candid Camera! The star of TV's No. 1 comedy, The Big Bang Theory, gets candid about reviving primetime's original prank show, which aired on and off for more than five decades.

TV Guide Magazine: Candid Camera? A real-life PhD in neuroscience should be hosting Jeopardy!, shouldn't she?
Mayim Bialik:
I appreciate that! I'm actually terrible at Jeopardy! This is a really neat fit, because they're happy to have a female who's interested in the larger issues. As Peter Funt, my producer and cohost [son of the classic show's creator, Allen Funt], said, "I'm more than just a pretty face." [Laughs]

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Thursday TV in Review: Community Vs. Big Bang, the Return of Punk'd, and More

Give a gold star — or whatever qualifies as a decent grade at Greendale Community College these days — to NBC for the smart decision to bring back Community while CBS was preoccupied with NCAA March Madness for several weeks. This allowed the very cult ...
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Cheers & Jeers: Heidi Klum — Surely She Can't Be Serious!

Jeers to Heidi Klum for her poorly tailored new Lifetime show Seriously Funny Kids.

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Premiered: 1949, on CBS
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Premise: Unsuspecting folks react to outlandish situations as hidden cameras roll. `Smile,' they're told, `You're on `Candid Camera'.' This forerunner of reality TV got its start (without the camera) on radio, in a show called `Candid Microphone,' which moved to TV in 1948. `Camera' (the name changed in '49) has aired on ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as on cable and in syndication. Peter Funt continues his father Allen's eavesdropping legacy in an hourlong version of the classic show on PAX.

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