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The 11 Worst Game Shows Of All Time

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    Some game shows are great. Jeopardy! is a classic test of knowledge. The Price Is Right was the best part about staying home sick from school growing up. Not every game show idea can be a hit, though. In fact, some of them are just downright frightening.

    On June 25, Boom! premieres on Fox. It’s an adaptation of an Israeli game show on which contestants have to diffuse a (thankfully fake) bomb before it detonates. What’s inside? “Mystery slime,” which could be anything from maple syrup to guacamole. The goop explosion is reminiscent of Nickelodeon’s glory days, but the whole bomb premise has been catching heat for making light of the serious threat of IEDs that members of the military face every day. Also, would getting covered in guacamole really be so bad?

    Boom!’s explosion of bad press sent us searching for other infamously tone-deaf game show premises. From the hilariously awkward to the horribly insensitive, these are the worst game shows of all time.


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    Boom!
    Country: Israel

    Originally conceived by Israeli content creators Keshet, Boom! hit the international rights market last year and has already been adapted in Spain, France, and Belgium, where it’s lauded as an “explosive hit.” When FOX announced it was producing the bomb-defusing game show for American television, however, it was greeted with a less-than-enthusiastic response. Many people found the network’s decision to produce a show glorifying explosives insensitive, given the timing of the decision soon after the anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings, and considering all of the members of the armed forces who risk their lives dealing with IEDs.

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    Naked Jungle
    Country: U.K.

    Billed as the ultimate naturist game show, this was pretty much your standard "contestants compete on an obstacle course" format — except that everyone, including host Keith Chegwin, was nude. It wasn't censored at all and is frequently ranked among the worst programs to ever air on U.K. television.

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    TORE!
    Country: Japan

    On TORE!, contestants have to answer general knowledge questions while a machine slowly (and then rapidly) mummifies them. It's like Jeopardy! with the added fear of claustrophobia and imminent suffocation.

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    Three’s a Crowd
    Country: U.S.

    Three sets of wives and secretaries competed to see who knew their husband/boss the best. Somewhere, Don Draper is smiling and nodding in approval. The show was picketed by the National Organization for Women because it implied stereotypically intimate relationships between bosses and secretaries.

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    Labor Games
    Country: U.S.

    The New York Times called this new offering on TLC “simultaneously the most brilliant and the most head-shaking game-show idea ever.” On Labor Games, expectant parents compete to win prizes by answering trivia questions about child-rearing. Oh, and this is happening in the actual delivery room while the woman is in labor and about to give birth. At least it’s a distraction from the contractions?