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Series / Maximum Exposure

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A daily Extreme Sport Excuse Plot with tons of Amusing Injuries... narrated by the Disney Channel announcer.
Maximum Exposure (aka Max-X) was a syndicated, youth-oriented Reality Television series. The show took video clips which would be focused on a variety of subjects with narration by the show's "Smart-Aleck Announcer Dude" Cam Brainard (better known as the former announcer for the Disney Channel).

The series was produced by RTV News Inc. and Paramount Television (the producers of the show's more "mature" sister show Real TV).

It's time for our Max-X Tropes List!:

  • Acceptable Targets: For starters - foreigners (especially Canadians), people with mullets, old people, soccer fans, and college students.
  • Amusing Injuries: One of the show's trademarks was to show videos featuring these occuring.
  • Didn't Think This Through: 90% of the incidents featured in the videos were caused by poor planning.
  • Extreme Sport Excuse Plot: It's a reality TV show showing videos of people doing dumb stuff and extreme sports shenanigans. What else is there to be said?
  • Nobody Can Die: Typically averted, but on occasions there are explicitly-mentioned deaths like with the Seeley Lake plane crash in "It Coulda Been Worse!"
  • Shout-Out:
    • In "Rescue Me!": "T.A. Horton - Favorite TV Show: Rescue 911"
  • Stuff Blowing Up: A frequent subject of videos featured, but "Crash! Bam! Boom!" was partially dedicated to videos that documented this trope.
  • World's Most Beautiful Woman: What Cam views nearly all the "la-dies"/"babes" he sees in the videos as being.
  • Wham Line: In the episode "It Coulda Been Worse!", a plane delivering ping-pong balls redeemable for prizes during a Fourth of July celebration in Seeley Lake, Montana crashes into a playground. The pilot dived the plane out of the way of people and managed to help save lives. When Cam questions about what happened to the pilot, a firefighter who witnessed the event says "He died on impact".

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Maximum Exposure

Cam documents an attempt by Costa Rican soccer fans to perform "the avalanche" at a soccer game, but the soccer fans do not realize that the fence is quite fragile and end up causing it to break and spill the fans out onto the field.

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