AFHV – Show #510

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Episode of the hit TV game show “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” where “Recovery Room Rambler” wins the $100,000 grand prize as “America’s Funniest Home Video.”

The year is 1988. George H.W. Bush, age 64, is elected U.S. President; the Persian Gulf Crisis is in full effect; and a rookie TV producer named Vin di Bona is enjoying a relaxing vacation in Japan with his lovely wife, Gina.

During the vacation, Vin, whose Saturday-morning game show “Animal Crack-Ups” is on its way off the air, catches a glimpse of a Japanese variety show called “Fun with Kato and Ken,” a segment of which featured local Japan residents sending in their funniest/amazing moments ever caught on tape in the hopes of winning the Japanese equivalent of the American dollar.

Upon his return from the vacation, Vin (fascinated by the segment) thought to himself, “That’s my NEXT Game Show!”

Soon afterwards, Vin pitched the concept to the ABC Television Network, which immediately greenlit the pilot in early 1989.

As he had done 2 years earlier with Alan Thicke (then starring on ABC’s “Growing Pains”) for “Animal Crack-Ups,” Vin hired stand-up comic & ABC actor Bob Saget (then starring on “Full House”) to host the pilot.

The pilot, by that time christened “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” taped in Spring 1989 and was telecast on November 26, 1989 on ABC–and became such a surprise hit that 7 weeks later, on January 14, 1990, the show, by this time trimmed to a 30-minute format, began airing every Sunday night at 8 P.M. in a format that has remained unchanged throughout its long run.

Americans send in their funniest and/or amazing home videos ever caught on tape, with the top 3 funniest home videos of the night winning a combined $15,000: $10,000 for 1st place, $3,000 for 2nd place, and $2,000 for 3rd place (in the 1st season only, in addition to the $5,000 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes, the 2nd and 3rd place winners, respectively, earned an RCA Video Camera and an RCA Full-Sized Television Set); at the end of each sweeps period, the $10,000 winners vie for an additional $100,000.

In May 1997, after 8 seasons, Bob Saget left “America’s Funniest Home Videos”; he was replaced the following January by MTV VJ Daisy Fuentes (paired with stand-up comic John Fugelsang). By this time, however, the ratings took a nosedive, and in May 1999, after 10 successful seasons, ABC canceled “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” with the series finale (taped live at the House of Blues) telecast on August 28, 1999 on the ABC Television Network.

But wait, there’s more: 2 years later, on July 20, 2001, ABC brought back “America’s Funniest Home Videos” in a revival version in an hour-long format.

Other than the expansion, the format remained unchanged; this time, TV personality Tom Bergeron (then doing double-duty as a game show host with “Hollywood Squares” and now hosting the reality competition series “Dancing with the Stars” alongside Brooke Burke) taking over hosting duties–a job he maintains to this very day.

In 2008, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” surpassed “What’s My Line?” (which aired for 17 years on the CBS Television Network from February 2, 1950 – September 3, 1967) as network TV’s longest-running Prime Time Game Show–and is the longest-running entertainment program in the history of the ABC Television Network.

Repeats of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” have aired on TBS from 1995-1998, on the USA Network from 1998-2000, on the Hallmark Channel from 2001-2003 and again from January-February 2010, on Nickelodeon from April 30, 2007 – October 28, 2007, on WGN America since about 2006-2007, on ABC Family from 2006-2008 (estimated) and in off-network syndication (Bergeron episodes only) since September 12, 2010.

Distribution rights were bought by Disney’s Buena Vista Television in 1995 after The Walt Disney Company bought the ABC Television Network (though the show itself was syndicated by Fox Television Studios until 2001).

Since its inception, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” has been a production of ABC Entertainment for Vin di Bona Productions.

“America’s Funniest Home Videos” is distributed by Buena Vista Television.

© 2012 Buena Vista Television


Matthew Hopkins says:

I love AFV

jeffrey strong says:

I was at my grandparents house when I saw this and I had my head phones on
and to them it sounded like I was laghing our of know where to them I could
not stop 

♥Clock Wize♥ says:

” GODS IN MY MOUTH!… But I love god.”

America's Funniest Home Videos says:

we couldn’t have done it better ourselves. wait… ;)

kris chickonoski says:


Evelyn Aparicio says:

Does my mom hate me because I wore her shirt LOL

Hector Jimenez says:

This video made me laugh so hard

Amy van Uitert says:

Skip to 13:12. It is SO FUNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Christian Kjeldsen says:

13:22 to 14:35 was very funny

smorebunny says:

21:17 is a fainting goat. They have a condition that causes their muscles
to stiffen up and take longer to release then normal.
We have these goats so I know :3 

Kitty Sheppard says:

Awesome quality : D

Jennifer nagy says:

I love it! !!!

sarah zaragosa says:

Can Melanie Davidson Family Will Be Season 25 on AFV Visiting From 2012

тαтιαηα says:

*gods in my mouth?*

Kayla Young says:

Check out this video on YouTube:

`jcool 19389 says:

that dog snow ball was gross and destining fuge i will be fgkdfh;k

Major Solomonson says:

22:11 AHHHH YES! That’s my favorite part by far…EVERYONE LIKE THIS!

ray reed says:

what the heck….recovery room was funny,but the dog should have won

Chavela Martinez says:

Lmao! Phuck that cat! Hilarious! 

Railfan the East U.S says:

20:36 I’m lookin’ at ya’! I jump on da girl!

Pookie Claire says:

26:10 LOL

Poul Toftum says:


Jayden Nguyen says:

That so fun and cool

Daniel Smith says:


Brittnie Stafford says:

I don’t know how that whole “Do it” montage got requests for them to show
it again. It’s so annoying!!!! 

Jeremy Amaral says:

Was the little girl at the 33 min. part supposed to be Jeff The Killer or
The Joker?

ray reed says:


Nina Dee says:

that recovery room video was not funny!!!!! the howl be there video was

Sarah Marie Dixon says:


tom lester says:

That dog at 13:30 needs his vocal cords snipped… or shoot him…

Jordan Stclair says:


Dustin Walston says:


Nolan Alvarino says:

Lmao 11:30

ShootingStarz1231 says:

Dentist one is sad yet funny in feel like a bad person XD

jilian hubbard says:

😀 😀 

DownTheDrainOutoors says:

hooley means vagina in several languages…. 

Mike Newberry says:

Ha ha and LOL!

Railfan the East U.S says:

22:17 I like this.

yassine elhaleq says:
Melody Davis says:

Thats funny. My name is Melody Davis to.

Chamling Safal says:

i loved afv
nd mr.jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj

aiboklang swett says:

Lv afv 2 mch 4 hilarios

jilian hubbard says:

😀 😀 

twilight channel says:

Love your videos. Afv

Jayden Nguyen says:


Chavela Martinez says:

Lmao! Phuck that cat! Hilarious! 

jilian hubbard says:

😀 hahaha

joeseff baggett says:

do it do it do it

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