America's Funniest Home Videos

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America's Funniest Home Videos
AFHV logo.png
GenreReality television
FormatViewer-submitted videos
Created byVin Di Bona
Written byTodd Thicke
(supervising writer)
Erik Lohla
Mike Palleschi
Jordan Schatz
Directed byVin Di Bona
Presented byBob Saget (1989–97)
John Fugelsang & Daisy Fuentes (1998–99)
Tom Bergeron (2001–present)
Narrated byErnie Anderson (1989–95)
Gary Owens (1995–97)
Jess Harnell (1998–present)
Theme music composerDan Slider
Opening theme"The Funny Things You Do", performed by Jill Colucci (1989–96),
performed by Peter Hix & Terry Wood (1996–97),
Rearranged ska/reggae instrumental (1998–present)
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons23
No. of episodes500
Production
Executive producer(s)Vin Di Bona
Location(s)The Prospect Studios
Los Angeles, California (1990–93, 1996–97)
Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California (1989 special, 1993–96)
Raleigh Studios
Manhattan Beach, California (1998–present)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
(studio segments)
Running time44 minutes (2001–present; 1989 and 1999–2000 specials)
22 minutes (1990–1999)
Production company(s)Vin Di Bona Productions
ABC Entertainment
DistributorMTM Enterprises (1995–97)
20th Television (1998–2001)
Buena Vista Television (2001–07)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2007–present)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (NTSC)
(home videos upscaled to widescreen)
Audio formatStereo
Original runNovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26) (as a special)
January 14, 1990 (1990-01-14) (as a series) – present
Chronology
Related showsAmerica's Funniest People (1990–94)
World's Funniest Videos (1996)
External links
Website
 
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America's Funniest Home Videos
AFHV logo.png
GenreReality television
FormatViewer-submitted videos
Created byVin Di Bona
Written byTodd Thicke
(supervising writer)
Erik Lohla
Mike Palleschi
Jordan Schatz
Directed byVin Di Bona
Presented byBob Saget (1989–97)
John Fugelsang & Daisy Fuentes (1998–99)
Tom Bergeron (2001–present)
Narrated byErnie Anderson (1989–95)
Gary Owens (1995–97)
Jess Harnell (1998–present)
Theme music composerDan Slider
Opening theme"The Funny Things You Do", performed by Jill Colucci (1989–96),
performed by Peter Hix & Terry Wood (1996–97),
Rearranged ska/reggae instrumental (1998–present)
Country of originUnited States
Language(s)English
No. of seasons23
No. of episodes500
Production
Executive producer(s)Vin Di Bona
Location(s)The Prospect Studios
Los Angeles, California (1990–93, 1996–97)
Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California (1989 special, 1993–96)
Raleigh Studios
Manhattan Beach, California (1998–present)
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
(studio segments)
Running time44 minutes (2001–present; 1989 and 1999–2000 specials)
22 minutes (1990–1999)
Production company(s)Vin Di Bona Productions
ABC Entertainment
DistributorMTM Enterprises (1995–97)
20th Television (1998–2001)
Buena Vista Television (2001–07)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2007–present)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Picture format720p (HDTV)
480i (NTSC)
(home videos upscaled to widescreen)
Audio formatStereo
Original runNovember 26, 1989 (1989-11-26) (as a special)
January 14, 1990 (1990-01-14) (as a series) – present
Chronology
Related showsAmerica's Funniest People (1990–94)
World's Funniest Videos (1996)
External links
Website

America's Funniest Home Videos (often simply abbreviated to AFHV, or its current on-air abbreviation of AFV) is an American reality television program on ABC in which viewers are able to submit humorous homemade videos. The most common videos usually feature slapstick physical comedy arising from incidents, accidents and mishaps. Other popular videos include humorous situations involving pets or children, while some are staged practical jokes.

Originally airing as a special on November 26, 1989, it debuted as a regular weekly series on January 14, 1990. Initially, it was hosted by Bob Saget for the 1989 special and the show's first eight seasons, then by John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes for its ninth and tenth seasons. After two years of being shown as occasional specials, hosted by various actor/comedians such as D.L. Hughley and Richard Kind, ABC brought the series back on Friday nights in the Summer of 2001 with new host Tom Bergeron, who has since become the series' longest-serving host. It is currently in season 23 of the series, which began on October 7, 2012.[1][2]

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Synopsis

Executive produced by Vin Di Bona, with co-executive producers Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway,[3] it is currently the longest-running prime time entertainment program on ABC. It is based on the Tokyo Broadcasting System show Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan, which featured a segment in which viewers were invited to send in video clips from their home movies; Vin Di Bona Productions pays a royalty fee to the Tokyo Broadcasting System for the use of the format.[4] A more similar concept in that a whole 30 to 45-minute show consisted of nothing but short clips from amateur home videos with slapstick-like accidents presented by a host began broadcasting only two months after the start of Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan in Japan, under the title Pleiten, Pech und Pannen (lit., "Crashes, bad luck, and slip ups") in Germany in March 1986, a program that ran up until 2003.

Contestants can either send their videos in via mail on DVD or VHS, or, since 2008, upload them onto ABC's official website. Due to its very low cost, the format has since been reproduced around the world, and AFV-inspired TV specials and series continue to emerge periodically in the United States. American television series inspired by AFV's format that are not related to the series itself include The Planet's Funniest Animals, The World's Funniest!, The World's Funniest Moments, Funniest Pets & People and It Only Hurts When I Laugh; however, most of the series inspired by AFV (with the minor exception of The Planet's Funniest Animals) have not matched the success of America's Funniest Home Videos and have not lasted as long. Several local television stations, even those not affiliated with ABC, also developed special funny home video segments in their newscasts during the early 1990s, inspired by the series.[5]

The majority of the video clips are short (5–30 seconds) and are mostly related to the host's monologues. Videos usually feature people and animals getting into humorous accidents caught on camera. A group of screeners view the submitted tapes, giving them a grade (on a scale of 1–10) based on that particular tape's humor. The videos deemed funniest by the screeners then go on to the show's producers, then is turned over to Di Bona and another producer for final approval.[6] Home video material that involves staged accidents, or/and adults, children or babies getting seriously injured or the abuse of animals are generally not accepted, and will not appear on the show.[7]

Every week, three videos are chosen by the producers and voted on by the studio audience. The winner wins US$10,000, and is in the running for the $100,000 prize at the end of a seven or ten show run, while the runner-up receives $3,000, and the third place video receives $2,000. Very early in the show's run, the second and third prizes were a new TV and VCR and a new camcorder, respectively. On the initial hour-long special, the grand prize was $5,000 with second and third places winning a new camcorder; the producer picked the winner, with no audience voting. Periodically beginning with the Tom Bergeron run of the series, the $100,000 winner at each season's final $100,000 contest will also win a free vacation package, supplied by either Adventures by Disney or Disney Vacation Club, in addition to the monetary prize.

The show produced a spin-off titled America's Funniest People, which began in 1990 and lasted until 1994. Another short-lived spinoff was created in 1996 with World’s Funniest Videos,[8] which was cancelled after its first season. Show creator Vin Di Bona also created two series featuring home videos that are largely culled from those seen on AFHV and America's Funniest People: the first-run syndication series That's Funny, which ran from 2004 to 2006,[9] and the Fox Family Channel series Show Me The Funny, which ran from 1998 to 2000. Many of the clips have been used internationally in various comedy compilation programs, with changes such as dubbing and subtitling. The title of the show is usually changed and the studio segments are omitted.

According to the closing credits of each episode, most of the videos have been edited for length due to time constraints. In addition according to the contest plugs, family members (both immediate or relatives) of employees of Vin Di Bona Productions, ABC, Inc., its corporate parent The Walt Disney Company and their related subsidiaries are ineligible for the show's contests and prizes.

On October 3, 2010, beginning with the 21st season premiere,[10] America's Funniest Home Videos began broadcasting in high definition. Many of the videos, which are largely shot using standard definition camcorders, are now stretched horizontally to fit 16:9 screens, instead of using pillarboxing.

Audience members are asked to dress "business casual or nicer".[11]

Ratings

Season averages

America's Funniest Home Videos became an instant hit with audiences, with the original special in November 1989 averaged a 17.7 rating and 25 share, finishing at ninth place in the Nielsen ratings that week. When it debuted as a weekly Sunday night series in January 1990, the show averaged a 18.0 rating/27 share, finishing at 16th place.[12] It placed within Nielsen's Top 5 highest-rated weekly series within weeks of its debut;[13] by March 1990, AFHV became the #1 primetime series for a short time, causing CBS' 60 Minutes to be unseated for the top spot in the Nielsen ratings for the first time in 12 years. AFHV finished the 1989–1990 season in the Top 10 watched shows, with an approximate average of 38 million viewers [14] for each episode.

AFHV finished the 2009–2010 season at the 55th rank, with an approximate average of 7.52 million viewers, and finished in 69th in viewers 18–49, with 2.0/6.[15]

History

Bob Saget (1989–1997)

The show debuted on November 26, 1989 as an hour-long special,[16] produced by Vin Di Bona and Steve Paskay, with actor/comedian Bob Saget (then starring in the ABC sitcom Full House) as host. Saget was assisted in hosting the special by actress Kellie Martin, then the star of fellow ABC series Life Goes On, which would be the lead-in show to AFHV in its early seasons. Prior to the airing of the initial special, in the fall of 1989, Vin Di Bona Productions took out ads in national magazines such as TV Guide, asking people to send in their home videos featuring funny or amazing moments.[17] Originally intended as a one-off special, it had became an unexpected hit, causing ABC to place an episode order for the show turning it into a regular weekly half-hour primetime series,[13] it made its debut as a series on January 14, 1990.[18] Ernie Anderson served as announcer; once Anderson became too ill to continue, Gary Owens took over as announcer in 1995 (though Anderson briefly returned until his death in 1997). Besides hosting the series, Saget also served as a writer for the series, alongside Todd Thicke and Bob Arnott. The success of AFHV led to a spinoff called America's Funniest People, hosted by Saget's Full House co-star Dave Coulier (and co-hosted by actress/producer Arleen Sorkin for the first two seasons, then model Tawny Kitaen for the final two), focusing on videos featuring people doing celebrity impressions, committing pranks and doing short amateur comedy routines, among other things.[19]

For the show's first four seasons, it aired on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET;[20] beginning with the fifth season, the show started the Sunday primetime lineup on ABC, airing at 7 p.m. ET, followed by America's Funniest People at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of an hour of funny home videos.[21] Saget always ended each episode with the phrase "Keep those cameras safely rolling", and saying something to his wife who was (implied to be) watching the show.

The original logo (1989–97)

Beginning about the middle of the first season, the show began featuring the "Assignment America" segment, which called for a series of videos to be sent in (collected or made) pertaining to a specific theme. Another segment introduced in the Saget era called "Backwards Classics" shows videos being played in reverse. Since the show's debut as a regular series, the show routinely includes two to three times per episode, a montage of themed videos set to a particular song, called "Music Montage". In season five, an animated sidekick was introduced named "Stretchy McGillicuddy", who was known for trying to tease Bob and other crazy things. In one episode (in season five), he was shown on the two large TV monitors on both sides of the set, and Bob had to turn him off with a remote. His catchphrase was: "Don't get a little touchy Bob, I'm just a little stretchy!" The character was dropped from the show at the end of season seven. His voice was supplied by Danny Mann.

In 1994, ABC canceled America's Funniest People after four seasons due to declining ratings, and had to decide what to do with the Sunday night 7:30 p.m. ET slot now vacant. After trying out the short-lived sitcom On Our Own in the 7:30 p.m. slot after AFHV during the 1994–95 season,[22] ABC then later chose to expand the show to one hour with back-to-back airings, first showing that week's new episode for the first half-hour and then showing a repeat from a previous season to fill the remaining time. On February 1, 1996, another spinoff of AFHV debuted called World's Funniest Videos;[23] taped at Walt Disney World, this series was also hosted by Coulier, along with actress Eva LaRue. Paired with a weekly version of the popular Before They Were Stars specials on Thursday nights, World's Funniest Videos focused on funny or amazing home videos from around the world.[24] However due to low ratings, it lasted after only one season;[25] with ABC putting the show on hiatus a few weeks after its debut, and the remaining episodes were burned off that summer. For Saget's final season on AFHV, two new episodes would be shown.

Numerous comedy skits were performed on the set during Saget's tenure as host. The set basically consisted of a living room design. The beginning of each episode was tied in with a skit just before the transition was made from the introduction to Saget. This usually consisted of several actors in a fake room (usually in the upper part of the audience section or in another soundstage) pretending to get excited watching America's Funniest Home Videos. This technique was scrapped at the end of season five.

Saget soon grew tired of the repetitive format and was eager to pursue other projects as an actor and director. Producer Di Bona held him to his contract, resulting in a frustrated Saget listlessly going through the motions, constantly getting out of character, and making pointed remarks on the air during his last two seasons. Saget's contract expired in May 1997, and he decided to leave the show afterward.[26][27] His former Full House cast (except for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) were present in the episode prior to the $100,000 season finale, which was his final episode.

He returned to America's Funniest Home Videos for a 20th anniversary special edition of the series, which aired on November 29, 2009.[28] Saget co-hosted the episode with current host Tom Bergeron.

Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang (1998–1999)

After Saget's departure from the series, ABC sidelined America's Funniest Home Videos from the 1997–98 fall network schedule, choosing to bring it back as a mid-season replacement.[29] The series returned for its ninth season on January 5, 1998, with new hosts and an overhauled look; comedian John Fugelsang and model-turned-television personality Daisy Fuentes took over as co-hosts of the show.[30] Jess Harnell also succeeded Owens as the show's announcer. The set was also revamped and show began to be alternately called AFV at this point (though the show officially continued to be titled America's Funniest Home Videos).

During this period, the show introduced a segment called "Bad News, Good News," which shows a video of an accident; then one of the hosts makes a humorous statement about the upside of what happened. This segment continued to appear occasionally until the fourth year of Tom Bergeron's current stint as host. Another notable segment was the "AFV Hall of Fame", in which a clip is shown, and co-host John Fugelsang reveals the moment of impact (a screen that shows a still picture of that clip) that occurred in it. This segment was scrapped at the end of season 10. Also featured was a segment called "Who Would You Like to See...", in which a random person is asked which celebrity they would like to see involved in a random humorous mishap, with a photo of a celebrity's face posterized over the face of the actual person in the video.

With the Sunday night 7 p.m. ET slot now occupied by Disney films aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney,[31] the show occupied constantly changing slots, from Monday nights[32] to Thursday nights[33] to Saturday nights.[34] The ratings for the show suffered during this period, and both hosts left the show after two seasons in 1999. Their last episode was taped at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California.

Brief end as regular series and reduction to specials (1999–2000)

In May 1999, ABC announced that it would discontinue America's Funniest Home Videos as a regular weekly series,[35] but the show returned occasionally as a series of specials hosted by various ABC sitcom stars including The Hughleys star D.L. Hughley and Spin City star Richard Kind. The show moved to a much smaller soundstage and the set featured various video screens and monitors placed on shelves. A special sports version of the show that continues to be re-shown every New Year's Day, and until 2008 aired occasionally before NBA playoff games with a post 8:30 p.m. ET tip-off, was hosted by ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. A special entitled America's Funniest Home Videos: Deluxe Uncensored was hosted by Steve Carell and taped on the set from the Fuentes/Fugelsang era. These specials (with the exception of the special sports edition) were not taped in front of a live studio audience, so applause and laugh tracks were used during commercial bumpers and just before, during, and after video packages.

Tom Bergeron (2001–present)

In October 2000, ABC announced its decision to return America's Funniest Home Videos as a regular weekly series, ordering 13 new episodes.[36] On July 20, 2001, the show returned again in its third format, this time with host Tom Bergeron. By this point, the show was expanded to a full hour-long episode, instead of being aired as two half-hour episodes. The show was now being seen on Friday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET; however, it went off the air for two months due in part to the September 11 attacks and in part to ABC airing specials and trying a new Friday night line-up. The new Friday night line-up was short-lived, and the show returned in December 2001. In his earlier episodes, Bergeron used the set from the AFV specials that aired in 2000, until the latter part of his first season, when a new set (with a studio audience) was introduced featuring a round video screen with several monitors.

In September 2003, the show returned to the time slot of Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET, still an hour long (though special episodes occasionally aired on Friday nights until 2007). Unlike Saget, who provided voice-overs to the clips, Bergeron humorously narrates them, though he does lend his voice to some clips from time to time.

The Bergeron version added new segments, such as "Tom's Home Movies," where his face is digitally superimposed over the faces on the videos with varying expressions shown to match the person's reaction to their mishaps in the videos (a recurring gag referenced by Bergeron in this segment is on his superimposed head being larger than a person's head would normally be), various audience participation games using funny home videos including "Head, Gut or Groin," where Tom picks two members of the studio audience to guess whether the person in the video will be hit in the aforementioned three areas of the body (though occasionally, a video in this segment may feature a person getting hit in two of the three areas) in order to win an America's Funniest Home Videos compilation DVD, and the "slo-mo gizmo", where a video is played first at normal speed and then again at a slower speed and telestrated. Except in a few episodes, Bergeron always ends each episode with the phrase "If you get it on tape(video), you could get it in cash", which was later changed to "Upload to us. Get rich, get famous" by the 2008–09 season.

Other segments introduced in the Tom Bergeron era included "Vs.", "The Dog/Cat Park", "AFV Family of the Week", "Nincompoop Corner", "What's Up with the French?" "AFV Dictionary", "Pick the Real Video", "Now For A Moment With...", "Kid, Cat, or Canine", "What's Behind the Blue Blob", "The Naughty File", and "AFV Pop Quiz". Starting with the 2007–08 season, the series began allowing viewers to upload their funny home videos online at ABC.com, in addition to sending their videos via standard mail.[37] Also in season 22, the AFV iPhone app was introduced, iPhone users can shoot funny videos & send it via iPhone.

$100,000 contest

Near the end of each season, the $10,000 winners from selected episodes are brought back to participate in a contest to win an additional $100,000. Three $100,000 contests air each season, though only one aired in the first season. During the Saget era, the set would be decorated with balloons; and beginning in the second season, a revolving gag involves the "money" being guarded in some bizarre way from Saget on-stage, including a security guard or a force field. Once the winner is announced, a marching band would often appear on stage playing the theme song (other times the regular theme would be played), and balloons are dropped from the ceiling. For the Fuentes/Fugelsang and Bergeron eras, usually only confetti (occasionally balloons) is dropped and the regular theme is played.

Voting

Other contests

Theme songs

The first theme was "The Funny Things You Do", composed by Dan Slider and performed by Jill Colucci, who also wrote the lyrics with Stewart Harris. This version of "The Funny Things You Do" accompanied the opening and closing credits for the first seven seasons. This theme was reused once again for when Tom Bergeron introduced Saget as well as a montage of classic videos from the pilot episode and a segment showcasing Bob Saget's run on the show (the latter segment used the theme's original lyrics) in the AFV 20th anniversary special, which aired on November 29, 2009. During the final part of the $100,000 shows, bands as well as other artists would play the theme.

During the 1996–97 season (the final season with Saget as host), the theme was revamped (as well as the graphics and animation of the show's intro) featuring a duet of new vocals, Peter Hix (who had previously performed the theme song for America's Funniest People) and Terry Wood. The new version was also in a different key than the original.

When AFHV returned for its ninth season with new hosts Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang and a completely new look, the current arrangement of "The Funny Things You Do" made its debut. Since that time, the theme has been an instrumental (also composed by Dan Slider) with a faster, ska/reggae beat, with the original key (of the 1989–96 version) restored, making it sound similar to "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. An alternate version of this theme exists that is stripped of the trumpets (this version is only heard as the closing theme during the 2002–03 season in ABC and broadcast syndication runs, as well as in re-edited bumpers with added video clips from that particular episode in some 2002–03 season episodes in broadcast syndication). In reruns of the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes on WGN America and the Tom Bergeron episodes on WGN America and ABC Family, the theme is noticeably slowed down (albeit slightly) during the show's opening titles and commercial bumpers.

The current theme can be heard in its entirety at the Television Production Music Museum.[dead link] The two themes used in the Saget era have not been released to this day, as they are reportedly being held by Vin Di Bona for unknown reasons.

"The Funny Things You Do" was the theme song to the Australian version between 1991 and 2004. "The Funny Things You Do" was replaced by an instrumental version as part of the 2005 major revamp.

Reruns/syndication

All episodes of AFHV are currently in syndication though for unknown reasons, the 1989–1994 Saget episodes, the 1994–97 Saget episodes, the 1998–99 Fugelsang/Fuentes episodes and the current Tom Bergeron episodes of AFV have virtually never been aired together in off-network broadcast or cable syndication; instead each era of the series has aired separately, with a minor exception for the 1994–97 Saget episodes and the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes, which have never been aired in broadcast syndication. Until 2001, the Saget version was syndicated by 20th Television, who assumed syndication rights from their purchase of MTM Enterprises, which had syndicated the show from 1995–1998.[39] Currently, Disney-ABC Domestic Television (formerly Buena Vista Television), the corporate cousin of one of the show's production companies ABC Productions, distributes all versions of the series.

The 1989–1994 Bob Saget episodes have aired in off-network syndication starting in September 1995, and also on TBS from October 2, 1995 to September 1998, USA Network from 1998 to 2001, and the Hallmark Channel from August 5, 2001 to 2003 and January 4 to February 25, 2010, PAX TV (now Ion Television) on Monday–Thursday nights (Fridays were later added) from 2003 to 2005, and Nick at Nite from April to October 2007.

The 1998–99 Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes aired on ABC Family from the fall of 1999 (known as Fox Family and owned by News Corporation at the time), until the fall of 2003; the 1994–97 Saget episodes also aired on the network from the fall of 2003 to September 2007, usually on Monday–Saturday nights, and occasionally Sundays if a movie ended before 11 p.m. ET. The Tom Bergeron episodes began airing on ABC Family on October 1, 2007, and usually airs 3–6 nights a week with episodes regularly airing at 6 p.m. ET (depending upon the night's schedule), and a four-hour block on Fridays from 6–11 p.m. ET (as of September 2010, these episodes are misidentified by DirecTV as episodes from the Saget era). The Tom Bergeron and Daisy Fuentes/John Fugelsang episodes have aired on WGN America since 2004, although the channel mostly shows the Tom Bergeron run, which airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET, along with Saturday primetime and Sunday afternoon blocks; the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes air on occasions (more frequently from 2004 to 2010, due to primetime movie overruns) when a sporting event airing on WGN-TV Chicago not cleared to air on WGN America forces the preemption of its simulcast of WGN-TV's 9 p.m. newscast outside of Chicago. Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17, known as "PeachtreeTV"; formerly the local Atlanta feed of TBS) aired the entire Saget run, the first (and so far, the only) channel ever to do so since the original ABC run, from 2007 to 2009. The Tom Bergeron episodes of AFV, with some minor editing for suggestive content (generally blurring backside nudity of babies and toddlers, which is usually permissible on television), began airing in off-network syndication on September 14, 2009; WGN America also aired the off-network syndicated episodes in late night until September 2011, while alternate versions of the Bergeron (and sometimes the Fugelsang-Fuentes) episodes with the Buena Vista Television tag before the end credits aired in the evening.

Outside the United States, family-oriented Canadian cable channel YTV has aired AFV on Saturday nights since September 2009.[40] Canadian broadcaster Citytv also began airing a simulcast of AFV episodes from the current or previous season on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, as it airs on ABC in the United States (but factoring simultaneous substitution), starting in the Spring of 2010. ABC Spark, a channel that borrows original programming and some syndicated programs from ABC Family in the U.S., began carrying the series upon the channel's March 2012 launch.

In Pax airings of the Saget run, when back-to-back episodes aired, the opening titles of the second episode was cut and replaced with an announcer saying "Now don't go away, here's more of America's Funniest Home Videos" before cutting to Ernie Anderson introducing Bob Saget. Some airings of the Saget run on Pax TV, Hallmark, and Nick at Nite cut the interviews with the winners, due to time constraints because of the longer ad breaks that were not seen on U.S. broadcast television at the period the episodes originally aired on ABC. Also because of time constraints, some of the Hallmark episodes have the opening titles (as well as various portions of the show) sped up.

Seasons

SeasonFirst airdateLast airdate
Season 1January 14, 1990May 20, 1990
Season 2September 16, 1990May 12, 1991
Season 3September 22, 1991May 17, 1992
Season 4September 20, 1992May 16, 1993
Season 5September 19, 1993May 22, 1994
Season 6September 18, 1994May 21, 1995
Season 7September 17, 1995May 19, 1996
Season 8September 22, 1996May 18, 1997
Season 9January 9, 1998May 1998
Season 1019981999
Season 11July 20, 2001December 2001
Season 12January 4, 2002May 2002
Season 13September 27, 2002May 9, 2003
Season 14September 28, 2003May 23, 2004
Season 15September 26, 2004May 13, 2005
Season 16October 2, 2005May 19, 2006
Season 17October 1, 2006May 18, 2007
Season 18October 7, 2007May 16, 2008
Season 19October 5, 2008May 15, 2009
Season 20October 4, 2009May 16, 2010
Season 21October 3, 2010[10]May 15, 2011
Season 22October 2, 2011[41]May 20, 2012
Season 23October 7, 2012[2]May 16, 2013

Merchandise

VHS/DVD

ABC, Shout! Factory, and Slingshot Entertainment has released numerous compilation releases of America's Funniest Home Videos on VHS and DVD in Region 1.

VHS/DVD NameRelease DateStudio
The Best of America's Funniest Home Videos[42]June 27, 1991ABC Home Video
CBS-Fox Video
America's Funniest Pets[43]1992ABC Home Video
CBS-Fox Video
America's Funniest Families[44]1992ABC Home Video
CBS-Fox Video
America's Funniest Home Videos: Animal AnticsOctober 12, 1999Slingshot Entertainment
America's Funniest Home Videos: Deluxe UncensoredJune 6, 2000Slingshot Entertainment
America's Funniest Home Videos: Family FolliesJune 6, 2000Slingshot Entertainment
America's Funniest Home Videos: Volume 1 with Tom BegeronJuly 26, 2005Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Home for the HolidaysOctober 4, 2005Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: The Best of Kids and AnimalsDecember 27, 2005Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Nincompoops & BoneheadsJune 13, 2006Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Athletic SupportersAugust 1, 2006Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Battle of the BestSeptember 12, 2006Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Sports SpectacularSeptember 12, 2006Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Love and MarriageSeptember 12, 2006Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute to RomanceJanuary 9, 2007Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Motherhood MadnessApril 17, 2007Shout! Factory
America's Funniest Home Videos: Guide to ParentingJuly 17, 2007Shout! Factory

Games

Parker Brothers released a board game in 1990. Graphix Zone released a hybrid CD-ROM titled America's Funniest Home Videos: Lights! Camera! InterAction! in 1995.[45] Imagination Games released a DVD game in 2007.

Toys

An America's Funniest Home Videos micro movie viewer was released in 1990.[46]

See also

References

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