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Game Show Moments Gone Bananas

by Phil Hall
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Feb 15, 2010
Game Show Moments Gone Bananas

This five-episode series, which was originally broadcast on the Game Show Network, is basically an overstretched blooper reel of outlandish behavior from a number of U.S. and foreign game shows.

In this mix are the worst possible answers from the U.S. and U.K. versions of Family Feud, overcooked contestant exuberance from The Price is Right, game show hosts flubbing their lines, prop-heavy games gone awry, and ridiculous comments from various celebrity panelists.

Deadpan Ben Stein introduces the clips, with an occasional pause to indulge in half-hearted recreations of classic games with curiously shy members of his studio audience.

While some fun can be found in watching B-list stars and highly wired contestants making fools of themselves, the humor gets stretched to the fraying point long before the first 45-minute episode runs its course. By the fifth episode, it is no longer fun - it is a Guantanamo-worthy assault on the senses.

Mill Creek Entertainment, which released this DVD, has also put out anthologies of classic old-time game show episodes, including the beloved Match Game and Password. It is best to stick with the full episodes of those favorites, rather than this cut-and-paste presentation of wobbly fumbles.

Phil Hall is the author of "The Greatest Bad Movies of All Time

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