They're always swearin', cursin', kickin' butt, and pointin' blameJerry Springer, a former mayor of Cincinnati note , hosts this show that has to pull itself up in content quality to qualify as "Trash TV". TV Guide named it as the worst show ever — which it proudly declares at the start of every episode. One of the most infamous Guilty Pleasures on TV.In the show's first few years, before it became wildly popular, it took a more serious approach, with episodes that dealt with serious issues and politics (in one episode Jerry spent a night with a homeless teenager living on the streets). However, they came to the realization that the formula of "poking guests with sticks until they started fighting" earned much better ratings. It, along with Ricki Lake and Jenny Jones, paved the way for shock talk shows. It's still the king of shock talk, having outlasted most of its competition and definitely talk's answer to Black Comedy.Your standard episode will feature a woman telling her husband's mistress to stay the *beep* away from her man, then dumping him at the end of the episode. Then there's usually some sort of crossdresser and a person with some weird sexual fetish. Maybe a young girl who sleeps with older men. Every now and then you also get Klansmen and neo-Nazis for good measure.The show is notable for its security, as fights start about five times an episode. Similarly, Springer let his security chief, Steve Wilkos, fill in for him; this led to Steve getting his own talk show, which deals with very serious issues and is most definitely not the walking cartoon that Spinger's show is.It goes without saying that the show couldn't be quite that bad without some help. While (presumably) most of the guests are realnote , the production crew has admitted to giving them advice on how to make a better show out of their issues. In addition, Jerry and Steve themselves often dispense advice, on-stage or off-stage. A short-lived show called The Springer Hustle covered the backstage activity.The 1998 movie Ringmaster starred Jerry playing, essentially (but not in name), himself.In 2003, Stewart Lee and Richard Thomas launched the long-running London musical Jerry Springer: The Opera. The plot has Jerry shot by a guest, whereupon the Devil forces him to host his show in Hell and thereby try to reconcile the devil's realm with Heaven. The musical's religious satire, combined with heavy use of profanity, led to protests by Christian groups and even an attempt to prosecute the producers under Britain's blasphemy law, which didn't succeed because the law in question was vestigial.
On the air? They don't care, they've got no shame
There was one guy who I'm sure felt a little strange
When he found out that his wife had a sex change
They have a tendency to scream and yell constantly
They have a history of ripping off their shirts
— "Weird Al" Yankovic, "Jerry Springer"
This show (and The Steve Wilkos Show) provides examples of: