One of G4TV's flagship shows, along with X-Play, and one of its highest rated, Attack of the Show! was a daily variety program where they review the newest technological advances, parody news reports, and give exclusive previews of upcoming and highly anticipated video games, movies and digital media. The show debuted in 2005 as a retool of The Screen Savers, one of only three programs from Tech TV, which G4TV merged with in 2004.
The hosts were Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey, and the show was formerly co-hosted by Olivia Munn, and before her Kevin Rose, Sarah Lane and Brendan Moran. Other personalities who show up are Kristen Adams, Sara Jean Underwood (who does The Feed), Chris Gore (DVDuesday), Alison Haislip, Chris Hardwick (Gadget Pr0n), Blair Butler (Fresh Ink), and Blair Herter among others. They've also had numerous celebrity guest hosts, who bring their own — unique spin to the show.
It was announced on May 8th, 2012 that Kevin Pereira would leave the show. He left May 31st, though, unlike Sessler, was given a nice send off.
On October 26, 2012, it was announced that G4 was cancelling both X-Play and Attack of the Show!. (Like AOTS!, X-Play had recently lost a popular host going back to the TechTV days - Adam Sessler.) Both ended their runs on January 23, 2013.
In 2021 after 8 years of being off the air, it's set to return in the fall with Pereira once again taking the helm of hosting the show for the first time in nearly a decade along with a slew of hosts along the ride.
Recurring segments on the show include:
- Around the Net: A countdown of the top five videos of the day as found on video sharing sites such as Youtube. A subset of the segment dubbed 'What Happens Next?' is an interactive viewer quiz that tasks the viewer on what they think happens next in the viral video presented.
- The Feed: A rundown of various news stories, usually three or four, related to movies, technology, etc. (This name was also used for a news ticker that would pop up onscreen during other G4 programming.)
- DVDuesday: Chris Gore comes in and reviews newly released DVDs, graded as "Buy", "Rent" or "Pass".
- Fresh Ink!: Blair Butler reviews recent comic book releases, graded as "Buy", "Browse" or "Burn".
- Gadget Pr0n: Chris Hardwick and Kevin review and showcase the latest gadgets and gear, rated on a five-point scale.
- Game Break: Kevin and a representative from X-Play (i.e. Adam Sessler) would review and discuss a game that came out. Essentially a mini episode of X-Play within Attack of the Show.
GreatBREAK! Moments in De-Evolution: Reviews of people doing ridiculous stunts, which usually end in bodily harm and/or property damage. Each video is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with a different satirical value for each (e.g. "$.99 store home-pregnancy tests", "barbed wire tattoos", "do-it-yourself convertibles", etc.). Sponsored by BREAK.com
- As Seen On TV: Kevin and Olivia test products that are advertised on TV, usually in infomercials.
The ListAttack This!: Various things that the G4TV hosts recommend the viewers to buy, download etc.
- What's Up With Japan?: Kevin talks about the strange occurrences within Japan, from tech to popular culture.
- WTF?!: In which very strange things are discussed. Often this involves some obscure type of fetish.
- In Your Pants: Sex columnist Anna David and Olivia Munn give intimate relationship advice and opinions. After the segment, Kevin Pereira makes a joked sexist statement followed by a rooster crowing and the quote "Cock-a-doodle-doo, bitches!"
- Epic Fail: Typically the last segment of the show; they single out one video in which someone fails in epic fashion.
- The Loop: An industry expert is interviewed via remote chat about a growing trend regarding the internet, politics or the economy.
- Found Footage: Kevin would narrate and do a report on an obscure vintage movie
- YouTube Star of the Moment: Kevin and Olivia judge along with the viewers at home which YouTuber is famous and viral and which ones are not
- Blog Watch: Kevin Pereira reviews a variety of blogs on the Internet
- MMA Chokehold: The hosts discuss news and happenings in the world of MMA along with some guests in the MMA realm
Attack of the Tropes....Attack!:
- All Just a Dream: At least, it is to Leo Laporte in the closing sequence of the final episode.
- An Aesop: For some reason, Carissa Walford likes doing these, occasionally with a satirical bent. Olivia Munn is very prone to them.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: Parodied, with their "You Just Got Learned" spots, which show a spaceship crashing into a blimp in space.)
- As Himself: Cheerleader Melissa
- Back for the Finale: The original two hosts, Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton, appear in the very last scene of the show. TechTV as a studio gets this as well.
- Broken Aesop: Happened from time to time, particularly when Raychul Moore and Olivia Munn presented it.
- Burping Contest: Candace challenges Sara to one in Attack of the Show's 2011 Burp-a-thon, where Sara wins.
- The Bus Came Back: Kevin Pereira is set to return to his hosting duties of the 2021 revival for the first time since his initial departure back in 2012.
- Cleavage Window: Invoked in one episode where Sara wears a shirt backwards so the hole in the back would become one of these...to make it easier for Candace to motorboat her boobs.
- Comically Missing the Point: Sometimes intentionally invoked, to keep the joke going from a video clip, etc.)
- Cousin Oliver: Played with on one episode where AOTS gets one of their own, who constantly said that something was Bitchin (followed by a guitar riff). Kevin quickly got tired of it as he locked him in the basement.
- Black Comedy Rape: In a preview of their E3 2011 coverage, Candace read so much in a single breath that she "passed out". Kevin pulled off his jacket as he continued the segment, drawing a mixed reaction from the audience before he responded "It's for CPR, you perverts!"
- Dirty Old Man: Drunk Uncle Ted (now shortened to "Drunkle Ted"), a white male clothing store mannequin with a porn star mustache and sunglasses. Perpetually drunk, he is constantly making sexual innuendo when not being outright degenerated. He has recently taken over Anna David's "In Your Pants: Sex in the Streets" segment which he refers to as "Sexist in the streets", giving astonishingly awful sex advice to men.
- Well, not so much giving advice as trying to pick them up. It's equally awful.
- The Ditz: Candace. Oh lord, Candace.
- Embarrassing Middle Name: According to one bit, Kevin's middle name is Ashley. He insisted that isn't really his really middle name during the bit though.
- Olivia Munn was used for this a lot, including dressing in a French maid's outfit and diving into a massive pie.
- Layla Kayleigh doing "The Feed" in all different kinds of outfits.
- Sara Jean Underwood's recent turns as Stripperella...er, "Bustice." Not to mention her naked bike ride recently. I wonder why it's one of the most viewed videos on the website. Except that she was obviously wearing flesh-toned bra and panties underneath the digital censor strips.
- Fan Disservice:
- See Fanservice. Oliva was followed by Kevin, who was also dressed in a French Maid's outfit. Every time Kevin takes off his shirt the man-lovin' fans rejoice. Him wearing only a sumo wrestler thong and getting manhandled by giant muscular men in one episode has pretty much become the fan service of legends.
- Fully Absorbed Finale: The series finale of AOTS paid homage to The Screen Savers by revealing the entire show's run was a bad dream of former Screen Savers host Leo Laporte.
- Gamer Chick: Morgan Webb, when she drops by.
- Gasshole: Both Candace Bailey and Sara Jean Underwood show off their burping skills on the show, which naturally culminated in a contest, where Sara wins (See Burping Contest above). Both girls also have histories of loudly and proudly burping off the show.
- Giant Woman: Discussed in a segment of WTF covering macrophilia and vorarephilia. The segment ends with a giantess crushing Sara and Hardwick under her high heel shoe.
- Helium Speech: Rather, the inverse, the Sulphur Hexafluoride Speech, which was discussed at one point after seeing it on Mythbusters.
- Hilarity Ensues: Tom Green not only was the first guest star, but returned for their 1,000th episode special. Sets were destroyed. Good times.
- I Banged Your Mom: In one episode, Kevin says that he's "having an affair" with Candace's mother, and proceeds to tease Candace with this repeatedly. At one point, Candace's mom calls in to the show, and proceeds to play along, much to her daughter's horror. It's a must-see. If Candace herself was in on the joke, she does one helluva job not to let that slip through.
- It Came from the Fridge: In "Wonder Woman's Guide to Office Safety", Cheetah emerges from a refrigerator after being formed from an old lunch containing correct chemical components essential to creating her.
- It Makes Sense in Context: During one episode's Feed, Sarah mentions that Candace ended up with a vibrator up her nosenote . Candace protests that she's making it sound weird, and Kevin asks the question on every viewer's mind: "Can you tell me the version of the story where you had a vibrator up your nose that isn't weird?"
- It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time: They tested the Sham Wow! and the Zorbees, and used substances such as vomit. Kevin nearly threw up on camera.
- Don't forget the Slap Chops on pig eyes.
- The Kitten Warrior obstacle course. Even with cat food to entice them through the course, they could barely get the kittens to go through the first portion of the course.
- Ms. Fanservice: Formerly Olivia Munn. Currently Sara Jean Underwood, who will occasionally and playfully draw attention to the fact that she was 2009 Playboy Playmate of the Year.
- Perma-Stubble: Chris Gore.
- Retool: Was made from the remains of the beloved Tech TV show The Screen Savers.
- Serious Business: We only heard about it after the fact, but while filming a segment about Sumo wrestling, Kevin managed to horrify his hosts by asking if he could break tradition and wear something under his mawashi.
- Shameless Fanservice Girl: Olivia and Clark did a segment once where Clark expressed his discomfort with some of the things Olivia did while he was around. One of these things was that she lounges around in the alltogether, not caring how uncomfortable it makes him. In his defense, she was clipping her toenails at the time.
- Skyward Scream: Frequently Played for Laughs.
- Stock Sitcom Grand Finale: Kevin's last episode closes out this way, with him walking past a host of his older costumes before putting his jacket and tie on the last, undressed dummy, and then turning off the lights and leaving. Of course, he gets a more comedic sendoff by being offed by an old persona.
- Spin-Off: It's Effin' Science, based off of one of the show's recurring segments. Of course, like a like of G4 series, it didn't last long.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Kevin often gets portrayed this way.
- Take That!: An offhand mention of 4chan in the last 10 seconds of one episode led to all of 4chan using G4 personalities as randomly generated user names. So AOTS took the Epic Fail meme and turned it into a show segment.
- The final episode brought back the original Screen Savers hosts, Leo Laporte and Patrick Norton, with the whole show being a dream of Leo's who comments how weird it was with Tech TV being sold and the changes that had (and in reality, did) happen to the network. If that wasn't enough, the last shot closes on them flying on jetpacks to a building still sporting the Tech TV logo. Apparently the staff shared the fans' sentiments on missing the old network.
- The Unfair Sex: Discussed in one episode where Candice brings up The Notebook and Kevin calls the protagonist a slut for dumping her faithful and dedicated fiancé in favor of Ryan Gosling just because the guy built her a house. Candice and Sarah both defend her, saying it was true love and "What woman wouldn't run off with Ryan Gosling?"
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
- Olivia Munn is deathly afraid of popping balloons. Of course, Kevin endlessly exploited this in one episode. Once again, Hilarity Ensues.
- In a more closer to the trope name example, in preparation for the release of Snakes on a Plane to theaters, one episode had them cover the entire set with snakes. And ended with a rock paper scissors duel over who has a barrel of live snakes poured on them. In the next episode Olivia furiously revealed through a slow-mo close-up of the duel, Kevin cheated.
- Candace Bailey revealed that she was very afraid of flying bugs, hissing cockroaches in particular. They exploited this and seemed to taunt Bailey with one. Naturally, she freaked out, only for it to be revealed it was a wind up toy in a brown paper bag.
At a later date they actually brought on some real hissing cockroaches (along with some other bugs), to the distress of Candace and every other woman on the set. To her credit, Sara had the guts to let the handler put a roach on her bare hand, but Candace got so freaked out that she ended up crying (and getting comforted by Sara).