Endurance, or Za Gaman in Japanese, is an extreme TV gameshow where contestants have to endure humiliating, painful and often bizarre rituals. It was the original of a series of TV shows that came out of Japan that pushed the limits of what was legal, and epitomized the saying "only in Japan".
Perhaps the biggest trend in cable TV over the past half decade has been the proliferation of work-based blue collar reality shows (not housewife-based). What's staggering is just the amount. But seriously, in this song, they are all actual TV shows.
Opening sequence and famous speech/clip sampled by Iron Maiden in their tribute song The Prisoner. This clip is without the usual show entrance titles, from one of the greatest TV programmes of all time: The Prisoner.
If you haven't watched this show, you haven't lived...
For TVNext 2011, Hill Holiday asked five families to spend a week without their cable TV and instead use one of the new "connected TV" devices - Roku, Boxee Box, Google TV, Apple TV, Xbox360. Read about the experiment and what they learned at the Hill Holiday - TV Next Experiment.
Written by Robert Smigel of Triumph the Insult Comic Dog fame, this infamous sketch is nothing short of the greatest takedown of nerds ever. What I'd like to know is exactly how much input Shatner had into its creation. Given how natural his performance is here and the fact that he later named an autobiography Get a Life!, I'm guessing a significant amount (it's easy to imagine the folks at Paramount showing this sketch to every new Trek cast member in preparation for the sorts of nonsense they would have to endure once they hit the convention circuit). While nerds enjoyed this because it hit so close to home, everyone else relished how relatable it made Shatner seem. Interesting enough, this six-minute clip says more about the human condition than the entirety of Star Trek's original run. Of course, there are many of you wonderful geeks who will argue this point with me in the comments. Which just makes this clip all the more biting, funny and true.
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This ORIGINAL production by DND Films and SlimeCon Enterprises, in association with CJOH-TV, celebrates the 25th anniversary of ''You Can't Do That On Television.'' Featuring five of the original cast members, this official reunion special includes memorable moments, never-before-seen footage, and all-new scenes. The slime is back!
Watch CONAN @ http://teamcoco.com/video - News stations everywhere put their own unique spin on Conan's same-sex wedding news. An excellent expose on mainstream media's regurgitation of wire feed news read verbatim from teleprompters and scripted talking points.
In a world of too many options and too little time, our obvious choice is to just ignore the ordinary stuff. Marketing guru Seth Godin spells out why, when it comes to getting our attention, bad or bizarre ideas are more successful than boring ones.
About Seth Godin
Seth Godin is an entrepreneur and blogger who thinks about the marketing of ideas in the digital age. His newest interest: the tribes we lead. Full bio and more links