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Silent Library
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Silent Library Logo
Genre Gameshow
Presented by Zero Kazama
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel MTV
Original run December 28, 2008 – Present
Status Ongoing
External links
Production website

Silent Library is an American television game show which airs on MTV. The series is based on one of the segments in the popular Japanese variety show Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!!. The show is also similar to the UK television program Fist of Zen.


In a library at an undisclosed location, a team of six players sits at a study table, three on each side, with host, Zero Kazama, sitting on the opposite side of the library. Six cards are placed facedown on the table, and each player picks one and flips it over. Typically, five of the cards are green and marked "Safe"; the sixth, with a yellow skull and crossbones, means that its holder must endure a bizarre "punishment" challenge. In some cases beginning in the second season, more than one card will show the skull and crossbones. While the challenge is in progress, an on-screen gauge indicates the amount of noise made by the team. In order to win the challenge and the money that goes with it, the noise level must not go into the gauge's red zone at any time. Only after the challenge is complete does the host inform the team of their success or failure, as they are unaware of the gauge's readings.

The game is played in four rounds, with three challenges in each of the first three rounds and one in the fourth. Successful challenges in rounds 1, 2, and 3 earn $300, $400, and $800 for the team, respectively; the fourth-round challenge awards $1,000. All winnings are split equally among the six players, and Kazama pays them off as they exit the library at the end of the show.

Challenges include:

  • Juiced Foot: The player must drink a glass of grape juice, freshly stomped from a vat of fruit by a woman with very dirty feet.
  • School Scratch: The player dons a set of headphones connected to a microphone, which is positioned to pick up the sound of a rake being dragged across a chalkboard.
  • Bugged Feet: The player puts on a pair of galoshes filled with bugs and must walk in them for 20 seconds.
  • Electric Puzzle: The player must complete a jigsaw puzzle in 30 seconds while electric shocks are administered at random times.
  • Floating Chew: The player lies faceup on the table and must eat a bite from each of six pieces of rotten food suspended above his/her head.
  • Old Soup: The player lies supine on the floor, while a trembling elderly man eats a bowl of hot soup above his/her face. The soup drips, splatters, and pours on the player's face.
  • Extinguished: The player is given a cupcake with a lit candle stuck in it and must try to blow out the flame. However, it is a trick candle that keeps relighting itself; after several seconds, a firefighter in full rescue gear runs in and sprays the player with a fire extinguisher.
  • Safety Car: The player sits in a toy car and is pushed by teammates into a wall. Upon impact an airbag filled with white powder explodes in the player's face.
  • Meat Hold Up: The player must chew through a pair of suspenders made of meat until the pants they hold up fall down.
  • Suspender Strike: The player attaches a pair of suspenders to his/her pants, and a teammate must pull them back as far as possible and let go so that they snap against the player's body.
  • Chocolate Stretch: The player must eat five dangling chocolates, while wearing an elastic band into his/her forehead.
  • Siesta Fiesta Bonsai: The player must withstand three masked wrestlers in a pillow fight. After the pillow fight, one of the wrestlers gives the player a final hit with a pillow before leaving.
  • Frenched: The player is slapped 3 times with a glove of a Frenchman.
  • Big Bust: The player must have a balloon under his/her shirt and must have the balloon inflated until it pops.
  • Not Happy Hour: Five of the players are selected for this challenge and must drink a scorpion bowl filled with a revolting concoction of sauces within 30 seconds.
  • Dish Water: The player must drink a glass of water from a tub of soaking, dirty dishes brought in by a busboy.
  • Sweet Red Corn: The player has 30 seconds to eat a lipstick covered corn on the cob.
  • Sad Bee: An Elderly man walks in with a bee costume on, the player must then stand face to face with the man until the man shocks the player with a tazer.
  • Fizzed The player must stand in front of a CocaCola bottle which is filled with Mentos then must resist his/her mouth being filled with the fizz of the fizzing Coke.
  • Hit Hat The player has a catapult helmet with a pie in there and tired to launch the pie into a target. The pie instead hit the player in the face.

A disclaimer during the end credits states that players may have participated in more challenges than were aired, winning more money than the total displayed on-screen as a result.

Was recently Renewed for a 20 episode second season set to premiere January 11 and will feature celebrities such as Asher Roth, Jim Jones, Justin Bieber, We The Kings , Forever the Sickest Kids, Ron Jeremy and Joey Cassata competing as contestants.



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