|America's Funniest Home Videos|
Current title card of America's Funniest Home Videos.
|Created by||Vin Di Bona|
|Written by||Todd Thicke (supervising writer)
|Directed by||Vin Di Bona|
|Presented by||Bob Saget (1989–1997; guest, 2009)
John Fugelsang & Daisy Fuentes (1998–1999)
Tom Bergeron (2001–present)
|Narrated by||Ernie Anderson (1989–1995)
Gary Owens (1995–1997)
Jess Harnell (1998–present)
|Theme music composer||Jill Colucci & Stewart Harris (lyrics; original version of theme)
Dan Slider (music)
|Opening theme||"The Funny Things You Do", performed by Jill Colucci (1989–1996),
performed by Peter Hix & Terry Wood (1996–1997),
Rearranged ska/reggae instrumental (1998–present)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||20|
|No. of episodes||448 (as of January 17, 2010)|
|Executive producer(s)||Vin Di Bona|
|Location(s)||The Prospect Studios
Hollywood, California (1990–1993)
Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California (1989 special, 1993–1997)
Manhattan Beach, California (1998–present)
|Camera setup||Videotape; Multi-camera|
|Running time||60 minutes (1989 and 1999–2000 specials; 2001–present, series)
30 minutes (1990–1999, series)
|Production company(s)||Vin Di Bona Productions
|Distributor||MTM Enterprises (1995–1997)
20th Television (1998–2001)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2001–present)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||November 26, 1989 (special)
January 14, 1990 – present (regular series)
|Related shows||America's Funniest People (1990–1994)
World's Funniest Videos (1995–1996)
America's Funniest Home Videos (often simply abbreviated to AFV, though it was previously AFHV) is an American reality television program on ABC in which viewers are able to send in humorous homemade videotapes. The most common videos usually feature slapstick physical comedy arising from accidents and mishaps. Other popular videos include humorous situations involving pets or children, while some are staged practical jokes and various forms of act. The show is based on the Japanese show Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan (aired on Tokyo Broadcasting System).
It was announced on April 23, 2009 that AFV had been renewed for a 20th season, which began on October 4, 2009.
For autumn 2008, AFV commands an average cost of $90,044 for a 30-second commercial, according to an Advertising Age survey of media-buying firms.
Executive produced by Vin Di Bona, with co-executive producers Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway, it is currently the second longest-running 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.
The format has since been reproduced around the world, and AFHV-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 and People and It Only Hurts When I Laugh; however, most of the series inspired by AFV (except for The Planet's Funniest Animals) have not matched the success of America's Funniest Home Videos and have not lasted as long.
Many videos are range from a few to a couple of seconds and are mostly related to the host's monologues. Videos usually feature people and animals getting into humorous to dangerous accidents caught on camera. Other videos would have people staging acts specifically for the show by presenting their acts, which is based on the spin-off America's Funniest People.
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 the season, while the runner-up receives $3,000, and third place banks $2,000. Very early in the show's run, the second and third prizes were a new TV and a new VCR, 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 was so successful in its first year that in 1990, it spawned a spin-off titled America's Funniest People, which ran until 1994. Another short-lived spinoff was created in 1995 with World’s Funniest Videos, which was cancelled after its first season.
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, most of the videos have been edited for length reasons. 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.
AFV finished the 1989/1990 season in the top-ten watched shows, with an approximate average of 38.0 million viewers  for each episode.
These are the ratings of the twentieth season, according to Nielsen.
|7||"$100,000 Show #1"||4.8||8||2.2/6||8.48||TBA||TBA|
|15||"$100,000 Show #2"||4.1||6||2.2/6||7.41||3||10|
The show debuted on November 26, 1989 as an hour-long special, produced by Vin Di Bona and Steve Paskay, and later as a weekly half-hour primetime series on January 14, 1990, with actor/comedian Bob Saget (then starring in the ABC sitcom Full House) as host and Ernie Anderson as announcer. Once Anderson became too ill to continue, Gary Owens took over as announcer in 1995. Saget co-hosted the special with actress Kellie Martin, then the star of Life Goes On, which would be the lead-in show to AFHV in its early seasons. From the premiere of the show until the start of season 5, it aired Sunday nights at 8:00PM/ET. Beginning in season 5, the show started Sunday primetime, airing at 7:00PM/ET, followed by America's Funniest People (co-hosted by Saget's Full House co-star Dave Coulier) at 7:30PM/ET as part of a videos hour. In Season 5, Bob Saget introduced an animated sidekick named "Stretchy McGillicuddy", who was known for trying to tease Bob and other crazy things. He was dropped at the end of Season 7. Saget always ended each episode with the phrase "Keep those cameras safely rolling", and saying something to his wife who was watching the show.
Beginning about the middle of the first season, the show featured the "Assignment America" segment; which called for a series of videos to be made pertaining to a specific theme. Also, Saget's era produced a memorable segment called "Freeze Frame" which was a montage of videos with the song "Freeze Frame" played by The J. Geils Band. Another segment introduced in the Saget era called "Backwards Classics" shows videos being played in reverse; this segment still continues today, making it the longest-running of all AFV segments. Since the show's debut as a regular series, the show standardly includes at least once per episode, a montage of themed videos set to a particular song, better known as the "Music Montage".. Johnny Carson made both the show and Saget regular targets of his monologues on The Tonight Show. The jokes generally centered on something like a new title for the show, such as "'Fluffy Falls into the Food Processor,' hosted by Bob 'Where's My Career' Saget".
In 1994, ABC cancelled America's Funniest People and had to decide what to do with the Sunday night 7:30PM/ET slot now vacant. They expanded Saget to one hour, 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. Usually if a $100,000 show was that week's new episode, a regular episode would be shown afterwards and vice versa but it wasn't uncommon if the new and rerun episodes were regular. By the fall of 1995, another spinoff of AFV was developed called World's Funniest Videos, again hosted by Coulier, along with Eva LaRue, which lasted only one season.
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 and making pointed remarks on the air during his last two seasons. His contract expired in May 1997, and Saget left the show. His former Full House cast (except for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) were present at his last episode.
Saget returned to America's Funniest Home Videos for a 20th anniversary special edition of the series, which aired on November 29, 2009. Saget co-hosted the episode with current host Tom Bergeron.
Bob Saget left the show after eight years and eight seasons, but the show returned on January 9, 1998 for its ninth season with new hosts, model Daisy Fuentes and stand-up comedian John Fugelsang, as well as a completely new look and feel; it was during the ninth season that the current logos, graphics and arrangement of the show's theme music began being used (though the graphics were changed from a blue to a yellow background in 2004), and current announcer Jess Harnell was introduced.
With the Sunday night 7:00PM/ET slot now occupied by Disney films aired as part of The Wonderful World of Disney, the show occupied constantly changing slots, from Monday nights to Thursday nights to Saturday nights. The ratings for the show suffered during this period, and in 1999 both hosts left the show after two seasons. This version was known for audio problems in the recordings. During this period, the show introduced a segment called "Bad News, Good News," which shows a video of an accident then the host 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; this segment was scrapped after Fuentes and Fugelsang left the show.
The show also began to be alternately called AFV at this point (and ABC network promos later also began to call the show America's Funniest Videos), despite the fact the show was still officially titled America's Funniest Home Videos.
After 1999, ABC discontinued America's Funniest Home Videos as a regular weekly series, but returned the show occasionally as a series of specials hosted by various ABC sitcom stars such as D.L. Hughley of The Hughleys and Richard Kind of Spin City; 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 8:30PM/ET tip-off, was hosted by ESPN anchor Stuart Scott. These specials (with the exception of the special sports edition) were not taped in front of a live studio audience, so an applause track was used during commercial bumpers and just before and after video packages.
On July 20, 2001, the show returned again in its third format, this time with new 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 8:00PM/ET; however, it went off the air for several 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 September 2003, the show returned to the timeslot of Sunday nights at 7:00PM/ET, still an hour long (though special episodes occasionally aired on Friday nights until 2005). Unlike Saget, who provided voiceovers to the clips, Bergeron humorously narrates them (although he has provided voiceovers at some point during his first season).
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), "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 can get it on tape, you could get it in cash".
Other segments introduced in the Tom Bergeron era included "The Naughty File", which featured a video involving something disgusting or off-color; ex., a kid urinating in a park during a family reunion (this segment stopped airing after the 2005–06 season). Starting with the 2005–06 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.
Near the end of each season, the $10,000 winners from selected episodes are brought back to participate in a contest called to win an additional $100,000. Three $100,000 contests air each season, though only one aired in the first season.
The long-running theme was "The Funny Things You Do", composed by Dan Slider and performed by ABC's recording artist and ABC's in-house talent, Jill Colucci, who also wrote the lyrics with Stewart Harris. At the time of AFHV's premiere, Colucci was in the midst of performing her vocals on the network's image campaigns, the last two years of the slogan Something's Happening (1988 and '89), and the first year only of America's Watching ABC (1990). Colucci herself occasionally made guest or cameo appearances when referred to by Saget, and even began singing the theme in person in one opening segment. This version of "The Funny Things You Do" accompanied the opening and closing credits for the first seven seasons, and in the grand prize shows would often have the theme performed by numerous bands including a mariachi band, a Star Wars "cantina" remix, a local marching band, and a remix performed by rock & roll legend Freddy Cannon. 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 1996–97 season (the final season with Saget as host), the theme was revamped 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. During this season, the $100,000 grand prize shows used even more different versions of "The Funny Things You Do". A disco version was used at the end of one episode, and another show used a country music version. A group of Irish step dancers once performed on stage during one introduction before Gary Owens announced Saget's name.
During the Saget era, the theme song also 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 pretending to get excited watching America's Funniest Home Videos. This technique was scrapped at the end of Season 5. There was even one episode in Season 2 where Bob Saget was trapped in the room at the very beginning of the episode before Ernie Anderson announced his name and after trying to use a telephone to call for help. He used a broken plastic spoon to cut through the fabric separating the "room" from the audience in order to leave it.
When AFV returned for its ninth season with new hosts Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang and a completely new look, the current arrangement of the theme song 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. 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 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.
All episodes of AFV are currently in syndication though for unknown reasons, the 1989–1994 Saget episodes, the 1994–1997 Saget episodes, nor the 1998–1999 Fugelsang/Fuentes episodes or the current Tom Bergeron episodes of AFV have virtually never been aired together in off-network or cable syndication; instead each era of the series has aired separately, except for the 1994–97 Saget episodes and the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes, which have never aired in off-network 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. 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–September 1998, USA Network from 1998–2001, and the Hallmark Channel from August 5, 2001–2003 and January 4-February 25, 2010 (it is noted that the DirecTV on-screen program guide misstates the host as being "Tom Bergeron" rather than "Bob Saget", as Hallmark airs the Saget episodes, not the Bergeron episodes; the stating of the host was later removed when the Hallmark Channel moved AFV to the late night and afternoon graveyard slots), PAX TV (now Ion Television) on Monday-Thursday nights (Fridays were later added) from 2003–2005, and Nick at Nite from April-October 2007. When Nick at Nite began airing the early Saget episodes (including the 1989 special) the first week the show aired, every $100,000 Grand Prize show was aired to commemorate the show joining Nick at Nite's schedule.
The 1998–99 Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes aired on ABC Family from the fall of 1999, as Fox Family and then-owned by News Corporation, until the fall of 2003; the 1994–97 Saget episodes also aired there from the fall of 2003-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 air 5–6 nights a week with episodes regularly airing at 10 p.m./ET depending upon other ABC Family programming, and a four-hour block on Fridays from 7-11 p.m./ET. The Tom Bergeron and Daisy Fuentes/John Fugelsang episodes have all aired on WGN America since 2004 and still air today, although the channel mostly shows the Tom Bergeron run, which airs weeknights at 7 p.m./ET with a three-hour block Monday nights. WGN America mainly airs the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes when a primetime movie or event on WGN America causes WGN-TV's 9 p.m. newscast (which it simulcasts from its local Chicago feed) to be preempted outside of the Chicago area and it may air an episode from the Tom Bergeron run in the event the 9 p.m. newscast is delayed by an event airing on WGN-TV Chicago not cleared to air on WGN America forcing the newscast's preemption nationally. Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17, known as "PeachtreeTV"; formerly the local Atlanta feed of TBS) had aired the entire Saget run, the only channel ever to do so, from 2007-September 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 permissable on television), began airing in off-network syndication on September 14, 2009. WGN America also airs the off-network syndicated episodes on weekday mornings since that time, while alternate versions of the Bergeron (and sometimes the Fugelsang-Fuentes) episodes with the Buena Vista Television tag before the end credits air in the evening.
Outside the United States, the family-oriented cable channel YTV in Canada has aired AFV on Saturday nights since September 2009. Canadian broadcaster Citytv will also start airing a simulcast of AFV episodes from the current or previous season on Sundays at 7 p.m./6 p.m. (CT), as it airs on ABC in the United States (but factoring simultaneous substitution), starting in the Spring of 2010.
In the Saget and Bergeron episodes on ABC Family and the Saget episodes on Pax TV and Hallmark Channel after Bob or Tom closes the show, the credits would be shown in a squeeze/generic credit format due to both networks airing promos for movies and original series. During the airings of the Saget run on Pax when back-to-back episodes aired, after the first episode of AFV aired on Pax that night instead of showing the theme song for the second episode, the network's then-announcer would say "Now don't go away, here's more of America's Funniest Home Videos" which then cut to Ernie Anderson announcing Bob Saget, this was done possibly due to time constraints. Nick at Nite and PeachtreeTV airings replaced the old contest plugs done during the Saget era with more recent contest plugs, though the old plugs were kept in syndicated versions and the TBS, USA, Pax TV, and Hallmark Channel runs (although, some episodes aired on Hallmark Channel removed the plugs). Airings of the show on Pax TV, Hallmark and Nick at Nite cut the Saget interviews with the winners in some episodes, likely 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 AFV introduction speeded up, which many viewers find inconvinient and unnecessary as the speeding up messes up the rhythm and melody of the theme song and video clips in the show's opening. The Vin Di Bona Productions logo is still shown at the end of all reruns.
|Season||First airdate||Last airdate|
|Season 1||January 14, 1990||May 20, 1990|
|Season 2||September 16, 1990||May 12, 1991|
|Season 3||September 22, 1991||May 17, 1992|
|Season 4||September 20, 1992||May 16, 1993|
|Season 5||September 19, 1993||May 22, 1994|
|Season 6||September 18, 1994||May 21, 1995|
|Season 7||September 17, 1995||May 19, 1996|
|Season 8||September 22, 1996||May 9, 1997|
|Season 9||January 9, 1998||May 1998|
|Season 11||July 20, 2001||December 2001|
|Season 12||January 4, 2002||May 2002|
|Season 13||September 27, 2002||May 9, 2003|
|Season 14||September 28, 2003||May 23, 2004|
|Season 15||September 26, 2004||May 13, 2005|
|Season 16||October 2, 2005||May 19, 2006|
|Season 17||October 1, 2006||May 18, 2007|
|Season 18||October 7, 2007||May 16, 2008|
|Season 19||October 5, 2008||May 15, 2009|
|Season 20||October 4, 2009||May 2010|
The show has been the subject of parody over the years:
Shout Factory has released numerous compilation releases of America's Funniest Home Videos on DVD in Region 1.
|DVD Name||Release Date|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Animal Antics||October 12, 1999|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Deluxe Uncensored||June 6, 2000|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Family Follies||June 6, 2000|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Volume 1 with Tom Begeron||July 26, 2005|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Home For The Holidays||October 4, 2005|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: The Best of Kids and Animals||December 27, 2005|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Nincompoops & Boneheads||June 13, 2006|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Athletic Supporters||August 1, 2006|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Battle of the Best||September 12, 2006|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Sports Spectacular||September 12, 2006|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Love and Marriage||September 12, 2006|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute To Romance||January 9, 2007|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Motherhood Madness||April 17, 2007|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Guide to Parenting||July 17, 2007|