America's Funniest Home Videos
America's Funniest Home Videos
When America’s Funniest Home Videos first aired in 1989, the show was a pre-YouTube special, a window into a world of home videos where kids landed on their asses and pets did stupid tricks. The special was so popular, it eventually morphed into a series, a program that has run continuously, give or take some shooting breaks and specials, ever since—but how many of us are even aware this program is on the air, anymore?

There aren’t a lot of huge differences between the early incarnation of AFV and the current program airing on Sunday nights on ABC. Sure ,Tom Bergeron is now in place where Bob Saget had the floor initially, but the two men both shoot the same schtick. Additionally, the show is still taped in front of a live studio audience and offers prizes to the first, second and third place videos each episode, with a chance to come back and try to win bigger in a later episode. While the show has tried different timeslots over the years, it’s currently snug as a bug in a rug, airing on the night of the week it first began, Sunday nights at 7 p.m. EST.

With the dawn of YouTube and even cable programming like WebSoup, AFV has gone from a show that averaged 38 million viewers an episode—you read that right—in its first season and was a medium for people to come together and talk about funny, silly stuff. Now, it’s difficult to compete with the entire Internet and quite frankly, it’s impressive that AFV has lasted as long as it has.

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