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A hidden camera is a still or video camera used to film people without their knowledge. The camera is "hidden" because it is either not visible to the subject being filmed, or is disguised as another object. Hidden cameras have become popular for household surveillance, and can be built into common household objects such as smoke detectors, clock radios, motion detectors, ball caps, plants, and cellphones. Hidden cameras may also be used commercially or industrially as security cameras.

A hidden camera can be wired or wireless. The former will be connected to a TV, VCR, or DVR, whereas a wireless hidden camera can be used to transmit a video signal to a receiver within a small radius (up to a few hundred feet).

Some hidden camera shows have led to lawsuits or being denied to air by the people who were trapped in set-ups that they found unpleasant.

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Hidden cameras are also sometimes used in reality television to catch participants in unusual or absurd situations. Participants will either know they will be filmed, but not always exactly when or where, or do not know they have been filmed until later, at which point they may sign a release of give consent to the footage being produced for a show. This latter sub-genre of unwitting participants began in the 1940s with Allen Funt's Candid Microphone theatrical short films..

An attempt at a comprehensive list of hidden camera shows aired in the USA is below:

Hidden camera pilot episodes or unaired shows

  • 5 Non Blondes - VH1 April 2004
  • Celeb Look-Alike Show
  • Clipped - February 2005
  • Close Encounters - USA August 2001
  • Evil Puppet Masters - SPIKE TV 2003
  • Exploding Baloney - NIK 2004
  • First Night (aka Skid Row) - May 2006
  • Gagsters - WB 2004
  • Game Show In My Head - CBS 2007
  • Go Sick - ABC 2001
  • Guy’s Night Out
  • Hotel Hell - FOX 2001 (4 episodes)
  • The Joke's On You - NBC 2006
  • The Jon Lovitz Show - CBS 2005
  • Mabe in the USA
  • Make My Day - WB 2003
  • Man Maid - 2007
  • Only Human - CBS 1993
  • Only Joking - FOX 2000
  • Outfoxxed - TBS December 2003
  • The Papdits - CBS 2006
  • Payback - NBC
  • Relative Chaos - September 2006
  • S.O.B - BET
  • Scare TV - WB Kids
  • Shameless - MTV
  • Stung - MTV January 1, 2001
  • Sweet Revenge - NBC September 2000
  • Untitled Martin Lawrence Project - TBS March 2004
  • VH1 Undercover - VH1 April 2001

Shows with hidden camera skits

See also

References

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A hidden camera is a still or video camera used to film people without their knowledge. The camera is "hidden" because it is either not visible to the subject being filmed, or is disguised as another object. Hidden cameras have become popular for household surveillance, and can be built into common household objects such as smoke detectors, clock radios, motion detectors, ball caps, plants, and cellphones. Hidden cameras may also be used commercially or industrially as security cameras.

A hidden camera can be wired or wireless. The former will be connected to a TV, VCR, or DVR, whereas a wireless hidden camera can be used to transmit a video signal to a receiver within a small radius (up to a few hundred feet).

Some hidden camera shows have led to lawsuits or being denied to air by the people who were trapped in set-ups that they found unpleasant.

Contents

Hidden camera shows

Hidden cameras are also sometimes used in reality television to catch participants in unusual or absurd situations. Participants will either know they will be filmed, but not always exactly when or where, or do not know they have been filmed until later, at which point they may sign a release of give consent to the footage being produced for a show. This latter sub-genre of unwitting participants began in the 1940s with Allen Funt's Candid Microphone theatrical short films . In 1996 the genre was given an overhaul by Travis Draft who introduced the glasses cam with his show Buzzkill. The show took hidden camera to a whole new level where the performer (Draft Himself and Cronies) were the focal point.

An attempt at a comprehensive list of hidden camera shows aired in the USA is below:

Show Name Channel Years of Production Number of Episodes
$25 Million Dollar Hoax NBC 2004 3
Animal Kidding Animal Planet 2003 16
Balls of Steel Channel 4 (UK) 2005 ?

Hidden camera pilot episodes or unaired shows

  • 5 Non Blondes - VH1 April 2004
  • Celeb Look-Alike Show
  • Clipped - February 2005
  • Close Encounters - USA August 2001
  • Evil Puppet Masters - SPIKE TV 2003
  • Exploding Baloney - NIK 2004
  • First Night (aka Skid Row) - May 2006
  • Gagsters - WB 2004
  • Game Show In My Head - CBS 2007
  • Go Sick - ABC 2001
  • Guy’s Night Out
  • Hotel Hell - FOX 2001 (4 episodes)
  • The Joke's On You - NBC 2006
  • The Jon Lovitz Show - CBS 2005
  • Mabe in the USA
  • Make My Day - WB 2003
  • Man Maid - 2007
  • Only Human - CBS 1993
  • Only Joking - FOX 2000
  • Outfoxxed - TBS December 2003
  • The Papdits - CBS 2006
  • Payback - NBC
  • Relative Chaos - September 2006
  • S.O.B - BET
  • Scare TV - WB Kids
  • Shameless - MTV
  • Stung - MTV January 1, 2001
  • Sweet Revenge - NBC September 2000
  • Untitled Martin Lawrence Project - TBS March 2004
  • VH1 Undercover - VH1 April 2001

Shows with hidden camera skits

See also

References


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