America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos (often simply abbreviated
to AFV) is an ABC show in which viewers are able to send in
videotapes containing humorous, silly, or "just plain dumb" acts
featuring themes such as children, pets, or mistakes. It is produced by
Vin Di Bona and Steve Paskay. It was based on the Tokyo Broadcasting
System show Fun with Ken and Kato Chan, which featured a
segment in which viewers were invited to send in their home video clips.
Every week, 3 videos are chosen by the producers and voted on by the
studio audience. The winner wins $10,000 and is in the running for the
$100,000 prize at the end of the season.
The show has a long history, beginning in 1989 with actor/comedian Bob
Saget as host. He left show after eight seasons in 1997, but the show
returned next season with new hosts, model Daisy Fuentes and stand-up
comedian John Fugelsang, as well as a completely new look. In 2000, they
both left the show after three seasons.
In 2001 it was added onto the line-up again as mid-season filler with
Tom Bergeron, who continues to serve as the current host. In 2003, the
show moved from a Friday slot at 8/7c to its current time on Sundays at
7/6c. It has been renewed for a 15th season (2005).
At the height of its popularity in the early 1990s its spawned a
spin-off, America's Funniest People.
America's Funniest Home Videos is ABC's 4th longest running
primetime series, behind only Monday
Night Football, 20/20
and Primetime Live.
The show has had multiple specials including a "Best of the
Best" special where they gave a trip to Hawaii away and a
"Disney Dream Vacation" special where the grand prize winner won
a trip to all 11 Disney theme parks around the world. Both specials
comprised of previous $100,000 winners.
AFV is also well known for it's humorous (often not) wisecracking
one-liners before showing a home video.