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Series / I Survived a Japanese Gameshow

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ABC reality show that pitched two teams of American contestants against each other in dwindling numbers on a simulated Show Within a Show called Hai! Majide. In the first season the teams were called the Yellow Penguins and Green Monkeys, the second season the Green Tigers and the Red Robots. Then it wasn't renewed.

This show provides examples of:

  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: The revelation of which team won a challenge are drawn out over a commercial break.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Several. Special mention goes to Big Foot Bang Bang, where the losing team got 2 points. As for the winning team, when their score hit double digits the scorekeeper graphic actually exploded.
  • Fake Balance: The second season introduced "advantages" that would allow the team who won the first game to gain a bonus in the elimination game. The problem with this mechanic is that the advantages were often massively imbalanced and were so overpowered that the team who won the first round was nearly guaranteed to win the second. This resulted in a Curbstomp Battle in many episodes and made the winning team very easy to predict, and is partially blamed for killing viewership.
  • Show Within a Show: Majide, a simulated Japanese game show that forms the crux of the series' premise.