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May 11th, 2000

Worst Show, Ever.

The other night I saw what may be the worst television show ever: USA’s Strip Poker.

Granted, I only saw the last 10 minutes, but the title is deceiving in two major ways:

  • They don’t actually play poker (though maybe they do earlier in the show), they answer stupid trivia questions
  • They can’t actually strip since it’s on USA. You can see more skin on MTV’s Spring Break than here.
To make the show even worse, the production values are absurdly low: rather than having a buzzer for answering the trivia questions, the contestants use whistles. Even the cheap-ass game shows in the 1970s had buzzers!

Of course, I did watch all of those last 10 minutes, more out of curiosity (ahem) to see how much they could actually show on USA at 11 at night. Get this: everyone wears extra underwear. The guys must have had six pairs of boxer shorts on (and it’s not like one pair was any more revealing than the pair on top of it, either) and the women had enough clothing on to go skiing. Kind of defeats the purpose.

In any event, I have a feeling this show will last about as long as Dweezil and Ahmed Zappa’s Happy Hour (which wasn’t that bad of a show). -ram

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: pistol jack
DATE: Thursday May 11, 2000 -- 11:34:31AM
I agree with you 100%. My friend and I saw the previews for that show and we both just looked at each other and thought what a dumb-ass show that was going to be. The way you just described what you saw makes it sound even worse then i originally thought. It's a good thing that USA has the WWF, otherwise what would it be. It better do whatever it can to keep wrestling.
Does anyone remember the USA Express, that show that had a whole buch of cartoons on it? That was good, but like I've said before, I'm a huge cartoon fan.
Oh yeah, you're right, Happy Hour really was not that bad of a show.

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday May 11, 2000 -- 12:27:20AM
I can't believe USA would allow crap on their airwaves! What'll happen next--crap on MTV?!

FROM: Chris
DATE: Saturday May 13, 2000 -- 1:37:11PM
What'll happen
next--crap on MTV?!

Actually....on MTV's Spring Break (in Cancun) this past March they performed a version of this show. They had a some celebs "playing poker" (ie answering music trivia questions and picking cards and then a group of male and female college students would "Strip". David Arquette was on of the celeb. guests.

I saw the real version of this show while visiting family in GA, but haven't been able to find it since I got back to PA. Anybody know if there is a website for it?

Speaking of similar bad shows has anyone seen some of the quality FX shows such as "Crush" and the "X" show. Quality late night fare.

FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday May 22, 2000 -- 1:16:39PM
Cartoon Express constantly runs through my head. I think cartoon network should pick up old episodes of that with their beginning and all. They also need to show some he-man and GI-Joe

FROM: sweetums
DATE: Saturday March 3, 2001 -- 5:14:14PM
Your just jealous~~ your sick if you get your rocks off watching shows like tht in the first place.

FROM: martin kershaw
DATE: Sunday March 25, 2001 -- 3:34:18AM
Its a shame .. but tv is the same world over when it comes to full nudity especially when it involves men.. The answer is relativeley simple .. write them a letter telling them there rubbish and dont watch them again.

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:22:51 pm

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