World's Most Amazing Videos is a program, initially broadcast on NBC and later on Spike TV, that showcases accidents, disasters, and other extraordinary events captured on camera. It is similar in content to shows like Real TV and Maximum Exposure, but employs a more serious tone. Seasons 1-4 are narrated by Stacy Keach, while the fifth season is narrated by Erik Thompson, with Don LaFontaine serving as announcer in the opening, closing, and interstitial segments. The first four seasons feature multiple random clips in each episode, while the fifth has episodes focusing on a particular theme.
The World's Most Amazing Tropes:
- Alcohol-Induced Stupidity: A frequent subject of the clips is incidents brought on by intoxication or just general rowdiness. The fifth-season episode "Wasted, Reckless, and Out of Control" is dedicated entirely to this theme.
- One of the more egregious cases featured on the show involves several giant loading cranes in Moscow collapsing, which is later revealed to have been the result of the workers drinking vodka on the job.
- Explosive Stupidity: Another recurring theme in the series is improper, reckless, or otherwise poorly handled usage of explosives.
- Nobody Can Die: Usually played straight, though there are a few tragic exceptions such as the Ramstein air show disaster.
- No One Could Survive That!: As indicated in the intro, the subjects of the clips usually survive their ordeals, even in the most improbable circumstances.
- Spiritual Successor: To The World's Most Shocking Moments Caught On Tape, a three-part Fox special hosted by former LAPD officer John Bunnell (of World's Wildest Police Videos fame) featuring recordings of similarly extraordinary events. World's Most Amazing Videos has a spiritual successor of its own in the form of MSNBC's Caught on Camera. A few clips even appear on all three shows, such as that of the PEPCON disaster.