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15th Oct '17 6:50:45 PM SpacemanSpoof
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** ''Series/FamilyFeud'', especially the Steve Harvey era, would fall into this pseudo-category, as well. Many people on the show tend to say stupid or embarrassing things, and Steve doesn't hesitate to mock them for it. It's notable that the show has taken a strong turn towards questions with rather lowbrow and raunchy connotations while frequently casting religiously-affiliated contestants (preachers, youth ministers, etc.), presumably to set up awkward situations for cheap laughs.
19th Sep '17 4:38:10 PM MasterN
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An unscripted show with real people, where the point is to point, laugh, and say, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historian%27s_fallacy "Gee those people are stupid/trashy/jerks!"]] Everybody in the cast is either a moron, a {{Jerkass}}, insane, ratchet, or all of the above. The audience sees these people humiliate themselves in public, and is comforted that [[ExpectationLowerer no matter how messed up their own lives may be, at least they have more sense than these fools]].

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An unscripted show with real people, where the point is to point, laugh, and say, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historian%27s_fallacy "Gee "Damn, those people are stupid/trashy/jerks!"]] Everybody in the cast is either a moron, a {{Jerkass}}, insane, ratchet, or all of the above. The audience sees these people humiliate themselves in public, and is comforted that [[ExpectationLowerer no matter how messed up their own lives may be, at least they have more sense than these fools]].
17th Sep '17 2:18:21 PM nombretomado
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* ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' Generally, the answer's no, but [[FridgeLogic considering how many people are going to remember gradeschool trivia (assuming the subject was even taught in their school)]], it's definitely to be expected. But then, the contestants [[GenreSavvy know what they're getting into]]. The idea of the show is "come for the point-and-laugh, stay for a not-Jeopardy-hard trivia show that avoids pop culture and news questions (and, yes, has the odd contestant that you can point and laugh at)." The lifelines also push the point-and-laugh concept, since they all involve the contestant being saved from walking home empty-handed by copying or peeking at a fifth-grader's answer.

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* ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'' Generally, the answer's no, but [[FridgeLogic considering how many people are going to remember gradeschool trivia (assuming the subject was even taught in their school)]], it's definitely to be expected. But then, the contestants [[GenreSavvy know what they're getting into]]. The idea of the show is "come for the point-and-laugh, stay for a not-Jeopardy-hard trivia show that avoids pop culture and news questions (and, yes, has the odd contestant that you can point and laugh at)." The lifelines also push the point-and-laugh concept, since they all involve the contestant being saved from walking home empty-handed by copying or peeking at a fifth-grader's answer.
5th Sep '17 4:47:56 PM Pichu-kun
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[[folder: Talk Shows ]]
* The TropeCodifier of the Point and Laugh Show, and probably the best known example, is ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]''. Bring on the cross-dressing dog fetishists. Bring on the albino midgets. Bring on the homicidal glue-sniffing trailer trash. Bring on the [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs homicidal glue-sniffing cross-dressing albino midget dog fetishist trailer trash]]. It's an old-school circus sideshow freak attraction for the new millennium.
** ''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a tad saner, replacing the sideshow freaks with drug addicts, deadbeat parents, and domestic abusers. It still fits well within this, of course. It's also a "point and watch while an [[BaldOfAwesome intimidating bald guy]] tears jerks a new one show".
** Springer goes the extra mile and has the ''audience'' mock the people on stage, in addition to his own DeadpanSnarker lines.

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* The TropeCodifier of the Point and Laugh Show, and probably the best known example, is ''[[Series/TheJerrySpringerShow Jerry Springer]]''. Bring on the cross-dressing dog fetishists. Bring on the albino midgets. Bring on the homicidal glue-sniffing trailer trash. Bring on the [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs homicidal glue-sniffing cross-dressing albino midget dog fetishist trailer trash]]. It's an old-school circus sideshow freak attraction for the new millennium.
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millennium. ''Springer'' goes the extra mile and has the ''audience'' mock the people on stage, in addition to his own DeadpanSnarker lines.
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''Series/TheSteveWilkosShow'' is a tad saner, replacing the sideshow freaks with drug addicts, deadbeat parents, and domestic abusers. It still fits well within this, of course. It's also a "point and watch while an [[BaldOfAwesome intimidating bald guy]] tears jerks a new one show".
** Springer goes the extra mile and has the ''audience'' mock the people on stage, in addition to his own DeadpanSnarker lines.
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* ''Series/TheRealWorld'' is the Trope Maker for this sub-genre of the Point and Laugh Show. Cram Bigot Vs. Bigot into cramped space until they're ready to kill each other, and you're good to go.
** Curiously, in its early seasons ''The Real World'' was a much tamer and more optimistic show, based around placing several people of vastly differing cultural backgrounds into a space together and observing what sorts of conflicts emerge, with an underlying message of mutual respect and tolerance. MTV's NetworkDecay probably contributed to the show's SeasonalRot.

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* ''Series/TheRealWorld'' is the Trope Maker for this sub-genre of the Point and Laugh Show. Cram Bigot Vs. Bigot into cramped space until they're ready to kill each other, and you're good to go.
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go. Curiously, in its early seasons ''The Real World'' was a much tamer and more optimistic show, based around placing several people of vastly differing cultural backgrounds into a space together and observing what sorts of conflicts emerge, with an underlying message of mutual respect and tolerance. MTV's NetworkDecay probably contributed to the show's SeasonalRot.



** The same network's ''Speeders'' or ''[=truTV=] Presents: World's Dumbest...'' fit here as well.
* Also in the "not-quite entrapment" genre of true crime shows is ''ToCatchAPredator'', except here, we point and laugh at (and be morally outraged by) ''paedophiles''.

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** The same network's ''Speeders'' or ''[=truTV=] Presents: World's Dumbest...Series/WorldsDumbest...'' fit here as well.
* Also in the "not-quite entrapment" genre of true crime shows is ''ToCatchAPredator'', ''Series/ToCatchAPredator'', except here, we point and laugh at (and be morally outraged by) ''paedophiles''.



* ''Series/HellsKitchen'' falls into this during the later seasons as many of the contestants seem to be either incredibly stupid, obnoxious, or a combination of both.
** ''Hell's Kitchen'' tends to be a point-and-laugh show right up until about halfway in or sometimes a bit longer depending on the number of chefs that are just about drama. Once those chefs are given the heave, things get down to serious business. Usually, this can be identified by when Chef Ramsay awards the black jackets and combines everybody together, making it a purely individual competition, instead of a team one. (Though they still have to work together as a team to run dinner service.)
* [[NetworkDecay Most of TLC's current lineup seems to be this]]. ''My Strange Addiction'' and ''My Crazy Obsession'' are both shows on that channel, along with specials about extremely overweight people and extreme couponers. ''My Strange Addiction'' is especially controversial for lumping harmless quirks and (with their cosplay episode) ''perfectly ordinary people'' in with those who do stupid, unsanitary, or otherwise dangerous things, with little if any distinction between the two.
** Despite being mostly reenactments, ''Series/SexSentMeToTheER'' can be seen as falling into this category. While the show does have a real cautionary tale behind most stories, the main appeal of the show is the humor to be found in people landing themselves in painful and awkward situations during sex.

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* ''Series/HellsKitchen'' falls into this during the later seasons as many of the contestants seem to be either incredibly stupid, obnoxious, or a combination of both.
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both. ''Hell's Kitchen'' tends to be a point-and-laugh show right up until about halfway in or sometimes a bit longer depending on the number of chefs that are just about drama. Once those chefs are given the heave, things get down to serious business. Usually, this can be identified by when Chef Ramsay awards the black jackets and combines everybody together, making it a purely individual competition, instead of a team one. (Though they still have to work together as a team to run dinner service.)
* [[NetworkDecay Most of TLC's current lineup seems to be this]].this]], which also spreads onto other channels like Discovery Life. ''My Strange Addiction'' and ''My Crazy Obsession'' are both shows on that channel, along with specials about extremely overweight people and extreme couponers. ''My Strange Addiction'' is especially controversial for lumping harmless quirks and (with their cosplay episode) ''perfectly ordinary people'' in with those who do stupid, unsanitary, or otherwise dangerous things, with little if any distinction between the two.
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two. Despite being mostly reenactments, ''Series/SexSentMeToTheER'' can be seen as falling into this category. While the show does have a real cautionary tale behind most stories, the main appeal of the show is the humor to be found in people landing themselves in painful and awkward situations during sex. ''Untold Stories of the E.R.'' is also a similar show based around reenactments that is more often laughable than educational or sympathetic.



* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' does have serious intentions for trying to make bad drivers somewhat better, but most of the time it ''is'' played for laughs (especially when you see the infamous Water Tank Challenge).
** Considering all of the other ''X's Worst Driver'' shows ''are'' specifically point-and-laugh shows (''America's Worst Driver'', for example, took bad drivers, put them through time trial obstacle courses requiring extreme precision, and then blew up the worst driver's car), this one stands out for its educational angle.

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* ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'' does have serious intentions for trying to make bad drivers somewhat better, but most of the time it ''is'' played for laughs (especially when you see the infamous Water Tank Challenge).
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Challenge). Considering all of the other ''X's Worst Driver'' shows ''are'' specifically point-and-laugh shows (''America's Worst Driver'', for example, took bad drivers, put them through time trial obstacle courses requiring extreme precision, and then blew up the worst driver's car), this one stands out for its educational angle.



* Caso Cerrado with Ana Maria Polo often fail into this, though a difference is made between people with "Alternative lifestyles'' and people that the show considers AcceptableTargets (Like people who are outright bad, neglectful, abusive, or criminal).

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* Caso Cerrado ''Caso Cerrado'' with Ana Maria Polo often fail into this, though a difference is made between people with "Alternative lifestyles'' and people that the show considers AcceptableTargets (Like (like people who are outright bad, neglectful, abusive, or criminal).


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* ''Catfish'' has shades of this. It's split between feeling bad for the one being catfished, laughing at them missing obvious signs of catfishing, and either hating or laughing at the catfisher.
12th May '17 6:20:21 PM NWolfman
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* [[Webvideo/BrowsHeldHigh The "Between The Lines"]] episode on "Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo" was a mostly sympathetic deconstruction of PALS, which he refers to as "The perverse spectacle of seeing." His conclusion is that these types of shows are essentially the 21st century equivalent of a freak show.

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* [[Webvideo/BrowsHeldHigh The "Between The Lines"]] episode Lines" episode]] on "Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo" ''Series/HereComesHoneyBooBoo'' was a mostly sympathetic deconstruction of PALS, which he refers to as "The perverse spectacle of seeing." His Kyle's conclusion is that these types of shows are essentially the 21st century modern equivalent of a freak show.
30th Apr '17 2:32:07 AM DavidCowie
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* Britain's less than stellar version is the daytime ''Jeremy Kyle Show'', where people from ''disadvantaged'' backgrounds, who are in no way GenreSavvy, and frequently intoxicated, get to play out their conflicts with the acerbic Jeremy refereeing. It was once memorably described by a judge as 'human bear-baiting.'

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* Britain's less than stellar version is the daytime ''Jeremy Kyle Show'', ''Series/TheJeremyKyleShow'', where people from ''disadvantaged'' backgrounds, who are in no way GenreSavvy, and frequently intoxicated, get to play out their conflicts with the acerbic Jeremy refereeing. It was once memorably described by a judge as 'human bear-baiting.'
24th Apr '17 4:43:09 AM Maxiboy136
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* Also in the "not-quite entrapment" genre of true crime shows is ''ToCatchAPredator'', except here, we point and laugh (and be morally outraged by) ''paedophiles''.
--> '''Charlie Brooker''': Despite the subject matter, I'm have little doubt that the whole thing is surreptitiously played for laughs

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* Also in the "not-quite entrapment" genre of true crime shows is ''ToCatchAPredator'', except here, we point and laugh at (and be morally outraged by) ''paedophiles''.
--> '''Charlie Brooker''': Despite the subject matter, I'm have little doubt that the whole thing is surreptitiously played for laughslaughs.
18th Apr '17 8:17:31 PM rjd1922
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* ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' was believed be be this for years, but it eventually came out that it was staged.



* With a heavy dose of ValuesDissonance : [[BedlamHouse Bethlem Royal Hospital in the 18th century]]

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* With a heavy dose of ValuesDissonance : ValuesDissonance: [[BedlamHouse Bethlem Royal Hospital in the 18th century]]
18th Apr '17 8:14:45 PM rjd1922
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An unscripted show with real people, where the point is to point, laugh, and say, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historian%27s_fallacy "Gee those people are stupid/trashy/jerks!]] Everybody in the cast is either a moron, a {{Jerkass}}, insane, ratchet, or all of the above. The audience sees these people humiliate themselves in public, and is comforted that [[ExpectationLowerer no matter how messed up their own lives may be, at least they have more sense than these fools]].

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An unscripted show with real people, where the point is to point, laugh, and say, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Historian%27s_fallacy "Gee those people are stupid/trashy/jerks!]] stupid/trashy/jerks!"]] Everybody in the cast is either a moron, a {{Jerkass}}, insane, ratchet, or all of the above. The audience sees these people humiliate themselves in public, and is comforted that [[ExpectationLowerer no matter how messed up their own lives may be, at least they have more sense than these fools]].
4th Mar '17 10:54:59 AM nombretomado
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** This, in turn, is a genre OlderThanRadio, starting with the 19th-century ''English as She Is Taught,'' which had students who thought "aborigines" meant a mountain chain in North America. When MarkTwain reviewed it, he quoted the student who thought that "there are many fossils in theology departments" and added that sometimes they do get one right.

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** This, in turn, is a genre OlderThanRadio, starting with the 19th-century ''English as She Is Taught,'' which had students who thought "aborigines" meant a mountain chain in North America. When MarkTwain Creator/MarkTwain reviewed it, he quoted the student who thought that "there are many fossils in theology departments" and added that sometimes they do get one right.
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