America's Funniest Home Videos
|America's Funniest Home Videos|
|Created by||Vin Di Bona|
|Written by||Todd Thicke
|Directed by||Vin Di Bona|
|Presented by||Bob Saget (1989–97)
John Fugelsang & Daisy Fuentes (1998–99)
Tom Bergeron (2001–present)
|Narrated by||Ernie Anderson (1989–95)
Gary Owens (1995–97)
Jess Harnell (1998–present)
|Theme music composer||Dan Slider|
|Opening theme||"The Funny Things You Do", performed by Jill Colucci (1989–96),
performed by Peter Hix & Terry Wood (1997),
Rearranged ska/reggae instrumental (1998–present)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||23|
|No. of episodes||500|
|Executive producer(s)||Vin Di Bona|
|Location(s)||The Prospect Studios; Los Angeles, California (1990–93, 1996–97)
Hollywood Center Studios; Hollywood, California (1989 special, 1993–96)
Raleigh Studios; Hollywood, California (1998–present)
|Camera setup||Videotape; Multi-camera
|Running time||44 minutes (2001–present; 1989 and 1999–2000 specials)
22 minutes (1990–1999)
|Production company(s)||Vin Di Bona Productions
|Distributor||MTM Enterprises (1995–97)
20th Television (1998–2001)
Buena Vista Television (2001–07)
Disney-ABC Domestic Television (2007–present)
|Picture format||720p (HDTV) 480i (NTSC)
(home videos upscaled to widescreen)
|Original run||November 26, 1989
(as a special)|
January 14, 1990 (as a series) – present
|Related shows||America's Funniest People (1990–94)
World's Funniest Videos (1996)
America's Funniest Home Videos (often simply abbreviated to AFHV or its on-air abbreviation AFV) is an American reality television program on ABC in which viewers are able to submit humorous homemade videos. The most common videos usually feature slapstick physical comedy arising from incidents, accidents, and mishaps. Other popular videos include humorous situations involving pets or children, while some are staged practical jokes.
Originally airing as a special on November 26, 1989, it debuted as a regular weekly series on January 14, 1990. Initially, it was hosted by Bob Saget for the 1989 special and the show's first eight seasons, then by John Fugelsang and Daisy Fuentes for its ninth and tenth seasons. After two years of being shown as occasional specials, hosted by various actor/comedians such as D.L. Hughley and Richard Kind, ABC brought the series back on Friday nights in the summer of 2001 with new host Tom Bergeron, who has since become the series' longest-serving host. Season 23 ended on May 19, 2013.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Ratings
- 3 History
- 4 $100,000 contest
- 5 Theme songs
- 6 Reruns/syndication
- 7 Seasons
- 8 Merchandise
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Executive produced by Vin Di Bona, with co-executive producers Todd Thicke and Michele Nasraway, it is currently the longest-running prime time 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; Vin Di Bona Productions pays a royalty fee to the Tokyo Broadcasting System for the use of the format. A more similar concept in that a whole 30 to 45-minute show consisted of nothing but short clips from amateur home videos with slapstick-like accidents presented by a host began broadcasting only two months after the start of Fun TV with Kato-chan and Ken-chan in Japan, under the title Pleiten, Pech und Pannen (lit., "Crashes, bad luck, and slip ups") in Germany in March 1986, a program that ran until 2003.
Contestants can either send their videos in via mail on DVD or VHS, or, since 2008, upload them onto ABC's official website. Due to its very low cost and universal appeal, the format has since been reproduced around the world and AFV-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 & People, and It Only Hurts When I Laugh; however, most of the series inspired by AFV (with the minor exception of The Planet's Funniest Animals) have not matched the success of America's Funniest Home Videos and have not lasted as long. Several local television stations, even those not affiliated with ABC, also developed special funny home video segments in their newscasts during the early 1990s, inspired by the series.
The majority of the video clips are short (5–30 seconds) and are mostly related to the host's monologues. Videos typically feature people and animals getting into humorous accidents caught on camera; while other themes include clever marriage proposals, people, and animals displaying interesting talents (such as pets that sound like they speak certain words or phrases, or genius toddlers with the ability to name all of the U.S. Presidents), and practical jokes. A group of screeners view the submitted tapes, giving them a grade (on a scale of 1–10) based on that particular tape's humor. The videos deemed funniest by the screeners then go on to the show's producers and then is turned over to Di Bona and another producer for final approval. Home video material that involves staged accidents, or/and adults, children, or babies getting seriously injured or the abuse of animals are generally not accepted and will not appear on the show.
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 a seven or ten show run, while the runner-up receives $3,000, and the third place video receives $2,000. Very early in the show's run, the second and third prizes were a new TV and VCR and a new camcorder, 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 produced a spin-off titled America's Funniest People, which began in 1990 and lasted until 1994. Another short-lived spinoff was created in 1996 with World’s Funniest Videos, which was cancelled after its first season. Show creator Vin Di Bona also created two series featuring home videos that are largely culled from those seen on AFHV and America's Funniest People: the first-run syndication series That's Funny, which ran from 2004 to 2006, and the Fox Family Channel series Show Me The Funny, which ran from 1998 to 2000. 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 of each episode, most of the videos have been edited for length due to time constraints. 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.
On October 3, 2010, beginning with the 21st season premiere, America's Funniest Home Videos began broadcasting in high definition. Many of the videos, which are largely shot using standard definition camcorders, began to be stretched horizontally to fit 16:9 screens, instead of using pillarboxing. However, since the 2012–13 season, videos shot in 4:3 standard definition began to be pillarboxed (particularly videos that are recorded on mobile devices that are shot in a manner that would not even fit the 4:3 safe area of many television sets entirely).
America's Funniest Home Videos became an instant hit with audiences, with the original special in November 1989 averaged a 17.7 rating and 25 share, finishing at ninth place in the Nielsen ratings that week. When it debuted as a weekly Sunday night series in January 1990, the show averaged a 18.0 rating/27 share, finishing at 16th place. It placed within Nielsen's Top 5 highest-rated weekly series within weeks of its debut; by March 1990, AFHV became the #1 primetime series for a short time, causing CBS' 60 Minutes to be unseated for the top spot in the Nielsen ratings for the first time in 12 years. AFHV finished the 1989–1990 season in the Top 10 watched shows, with an approximate average of 38 million viewers  for each episode.
AFHV finished the 2009–2010 season at the 55th rank, with an approximate average of 7.52 million viewers, and finished in 69th in viewers 18–49, with 2.0/6.
Bob Saget (1989–1997)
The show debuted on November 26, 1989 as an hour-long special, produced by Vin Di Bona and Steve Paskay, with actor/comedian Bob Saget (then starring in the ABC sitcom Full House) as host. Saget was assisted in hosting the special by actress Kellie Martin, then the star of fellow ABC series Life Goes On, which would be the lead-in show to AFHV in its early seasons. Prior to the airing of the initial special, in the fall of 1989, Vin Di Bona Productions took out ads in national magazines such as TV Guide asking people to send in their home videos featuring funny or amazing moments. Originally intended as a one-off special, it became an unexpected hit, causing ABC to place an episode order for the show turning it into a regular weekly half-hour primetime series, it made its debut as a series on January 14, 1990. Ernie Anderson served as announcer; once Anderson became too ill to continue, Gary Owens took over as announcer in 1995 (though Anderson briefly returned until his death in 1997). Charlie O'Donnell announced a few episodes during the first season. Besides hosting the series, Saget also served as a writer for the series, alongside Todd Thicke and Bob Arnott. The success of AFHV led to a spinoff called America's Funniest People, hosted by Saget's Full House co-star Dave Coulier (and co-hosted by actress/producer Arleen Sorkin for the first two seasons, then model Tawny Kitaen for the final two), focusing on videos featuring people doing celebrity impressions, committing pranks, and doing short amateur comedy routines, among other things.
For the show's first four seasons, it aired on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET; beginning with the fifth season, the show started the Sunday primetime lineup on ABC, airing at 7 p.m. ET, followed by America's Funniest People at 7:30 p.m. ET as part of an hour of funny home videos. Saget always ended each episode with the phrase "Keep those cameras safely rolling", and saying something to his wife who was (implied to be) watching the show.
Beginning about the middle of the first season, the show began featuring the "Assignment America" segment, which called for a series of videos to be sent in (collected or made) pertaining to a specific theme. Another segment introduced in the Saget era called "Backwards Classics" shows videos being played in reverse. Since the show's debut as a regular series, the show routinely includes two to three times per episode, a montage of themed videos set to a particular song, called "Music Montage". In season five, an animated sidekick was introduced named "Stretchy McGillicuddy" (voiced by Danny Mann), who was known for trying to tease Saget and doing other crazy things. In one episode (in season five), he was shown on the two large TV monitors on both sides of the set and Bob had to turn him off with a remote. His catchphrase was: "Don't get a little touchy Bob, I'm just a little stretchy!" The character was dropped from the show at the end of season seven.
In 1994, ABC canceled America's Funniest People after four seasons due to declining ratings and had to decide what to do with the Sunday night 7:30 p.m. ET slot now vacant. After trying out the short-lived sitcom On Our Own in the 7:30 p.m. slot after AFHV during the 1994–95 season, ABC then later chose to expand the show to one hour with back-to-back airings, 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. On February 1, 1996, another spinoff of AFHV debuted called World's Funniest Videos; taped at Walt Disney World, this series was also hosted by Coulier, along with actress Eva LaRue. Paired with a weekly version of the popular Before They Were Stars specials on Thursday nights, World's Funniest Videos focused on funny or amazing home videos from around the world. However due to low ratings, ABC put it on hiatus a few weeks after its debut, before cancelling the series outright after only one season and burning off the remaining episodes that summer. For Saget's final season on AFHV, two new episodes would be shown.
Numerous comedy skits were performed on the set during Saget's tenure as host. The set basically consisted of a living room design. The beginning of each episode 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 (usually in the upper part of the audience section or in another soundstage) pretending to get excited watching America's Funniest Home Videos. This technique was scrapped at the end of season five.
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, constantly getting out of character, and making pointed remarks on the air during his last two seasons. Saget's contract expired in May 1997, and he decided to leave the show afterward. His former Full House castmates (except for Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) were present in the episode prior to the $100,000 season finale, which was his final episode.
He 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.
Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang (1998–1999)
After Saget's departure from the series, ABC sidelined America's Funniest Home Videos from the 1997–98 fall network schedule, choosing to bring it back as a mid-season replacement. The series returned for its ninth season on January 5, 1998, with new hosts and an overhauled look; comedian John Fugelsang and model-turned-television personality Daisy Fuentes took over as co-hosts of the show. Jess Harnell also succeeded Owens as the show's announcer. The set was also revamped and show began to be alternately called AFV at this point (though the show officially continued to be titled America's Funniest Home Videos).
During this period, the show introduced a segment called "Bad News, Good News," which shows a video of an accident; then one of the hosts 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 in it. This segment was scrapped at the end of season 10. Also featured was a segment called "Who Would You Like to See...", in which a random person is asked which celebrity they would like to see involved in a random humorous mishap, with a photo of a celebrity's face posterized over the face of the actual person in the video.
With the Sunday night 7 p.m. 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 both hosts left the show after two seasons in 1999. Their last episode was taped at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California.
Brief end as regular series and reduction to specials (1999–2000)
In May 1999, ABC announced that it would discontinue America's Funniest Home Videos as a regular weekly series, but the show returned occasionally as a series of specials hosted by various ABC sitcom stars including The Hughleys star D.L. Hughley and Spin City co-star Richard Kind. The show moved to a much smaller soundstage and the set featured various video screens and monitors placed on shelves. A special sports version of the show that was rebroadcast every New Year's Day, and aired occasionally before NBA playoff games with a post 8:30 p.m. ET tip-off until 2008, was hosted by ESPN anchor Stuart Scott called AFV: The Sports Edition. A special entitled America's Funniest Home Videos: Deluxe Uncensored was hosted by Steve Carell and taped on the set from the Fuentes/Fugelsang era. These specials (with the exception of the special sports edition) were not taped in front of a live studio audience, so applause and laugh tracks were used during commercial bumpers and just before, during, and after video packages.
Tom Bergeron (2001–present)
In October 2000, ABC announced its decision to return America's Funniest Home Videos as a regular weekly series, ordering 13 new episodes. On July 20, 2001, the show returned again in its third format, this time with 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 8:00 p.m. ET; however, it went off the air for two 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 his earlier episodes, Bergeron used the set from the AFV specials that aired in 2000, until the latter part of his first season, when a new set (with a studio audience) was introduced featuring a round video screen with several monitors.
In September 2003, the show returned to the time slot of Sunday nights at 7:00 p.m. ET, still an hour long (though special episodes occasionally aired on Friday nights until 2007). Unlike Saget, who provided voice-overs to the clips, Bergeron humorously narrates them, though he does lend his voice to some clips from time to time.
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), various audience participation games using funny home videos including "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 (since the 2012–13 season, a bobblehead of Bergeron is given as the prize) 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 get it on (video)tape, you could get it in cash", which was later changed to "Upload to us. Get rich, get famous" by the 2008–09 season.
Other segments introduced in the Tom Bergeron era included "Vs.", " A Moment of Ewww", "The Dog/Cat Park", "AFV Family of the Week", "Nincompoop Corner", "What's Up with the French?" "AFV Dictionary", "Name that Sound", "Pick the Real Video", "Now For A Moment With...", "Kid, Cat, or Canine", "What's Behind the Blue Blob", "The Naughty File", and "AFV Pop Quiz". Starting with the 2007–08 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. Also in season 22, the AFV iOS app was released on the App Store, allowing users of Apple mobile devices to record and upload funny videos for submission to the show.
After every 1/3 of the season, the $10,000 winners from selected episodes are brought back to participate in a contest to win an additional $100,000. Three $100,000 contests air each season, though only one aired in the first season. During the Saget era, the set would be decorated with balloons; and beginning in the second season, a revolving gag involves the "money" being guarded in some bizarre way from Saget on-stage, including a security guard or a force field. Once the winner is announced, a marching band would often appear on stage playing the theme song (other times the regular theme would be played), and balloons are dropped from the ceiling. For the Fuentes/Fugelsang and Bergeron eras, usually only confetti (occasionally balloons) is dropped and the regular theme is played.
- Saget version: ABC stations (five in the first season, three from 1990 to 1993, and two from 1993 onward) around the country are joined via satellite to cast their votes along with the Los Angeles audience (The final $100,000 show of season 2 is decided by a telephone vote)
- Fuentes/Fugelsang version (1998–1999): Only the Los Angeles audience votes (although a Minneapolis, Minnesota audience join via satellite in one episode)
- Bergeron version (2001–present): Viewers log onto abc.com to cast their votes with the LA audience
- 2002 "Battle of the Best": The Quad Squad ($25,000 and trip to Maui)
- 2004: Disney Dream Vacation ($100,000 and free vacations to all 11 Disney theme parks around the world)
- 2006: Dancing Machine ($100,000 and free vacations to 500+ places for 48 years)
- 2006 "Funniest Video of All-Time": The Quad Squad ($250,000)
- 2009: Birthday Blowout ($100,000 and free vacations to 500+ places for 50 years)
The first theme was "The Funny Things You Do", composed by Dan Slider and performed by Jill Colucci, who also wrote the lyrics with Stewart Harris. This version of "The Funny Things You Do" accompanied the opening and closing credits for the first seven seasons. 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. The show's online series of videos entitled AFV XD is noted for its use of this version of the theme song, as well as portions of the original graphics from the Saget era. During the final part of the $100,000 shows, bands as well as other artists would play the theme.
Starting on January 5, 1997 in Bob Saget's final season, the theme was revamped (as well as the graphics and animation of the show's intro) 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.
When AFHV returned for its ninth season with new hosts Daisy Fuentes and John Fugelsang and a completely new look, the current arrangement of "The Funny Things You Do" 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. An alternate version of this theme exists that is stripped of the trumpets (this version is only heard as the closing theme during the 2002–03 season in ABC and broadcast syndication runs, as well as in re-edited bumpers with added video clips from that particular episode in some 2002–03 season episodes in broadcast syndication). 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 current theme can be heard in its entirety at the Television Production Music Museum.[dead link] The two themes used in the Saget era have not been released to this day, as they are reportedly being held by Vin Di Bona for unknown reasons.
"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 AFHV are currently in syndication though for unknown reasons, the 1989–1994 Saget episodes, the 1994–97 Saget episodes, the 1998–99 Fugelsang/Fuentes episodes, and the current Tom Bergeron episodes of AFV have virtually never been aired together in off-network broadcast or cable syndication; instead each era of the series has aired separately, with a minor exception for the 1994–97 Saget episodes and the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes, which have never been aired in broadcast 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 1989–94 Bob Saget episodes have aired in off-network syndication starting in September 1995, and also on TBS from October 2, 1995 to September 1998, USA Network from 1998 to 2001, and the Hallmark Channel from August 5, 2001 to 2003 and January 4 to February 25, 2010, PAX TV (now Ion Television) on Monday through Thursday nights (Fridays were later added) from 2003 to 2005, and Nick at Nite from April to October 2007.
The 1998–99 Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes aired on ABC Family from the fall of 1999 (known as Fox Family and owned by News Corporation at the time), until the fall of 2003; the 1994–97 Saget episodes also aired on the network from the fall of 2003 to September 2007, usually on Monday through 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 airs 3 to 6 nights a week with episodes regularly airing at 6 p.m. ET (depending upon the night's schedule); it had previously also ran on the network in a four-hour block on Fridays from 6 to 11 p.m. ET from 2009 to 2012. The Tom Bergeron and Fuentes-Fugelsang episodes have aired on WGN America since 2004, although the channel mostly shows the Tom Bergeron run, which airs weeknights from 6 to 8 p.m. ET, along with Monday and Saturday primetime and Sunday afternoon blocks; the Fugelsang-Fuentes episodes air on occasions (more frequently from 2004 to 2010, due to primetime movie overruns) when a sporting event airing on WGN-TV Chicago not cleared to air on WGN America forces the preemption of its simulcast of WGN-TV's 9 p.m. newscast outside of Chicago. Atlanta independent station WPCH-TV (channel 17, known as "PeachtreeTV"; formerly the local Atlanta feed of TBS) aired the entire Saget run, the first (and so far, the only) channel ever to do so since the original ABC run, from 2007 to 2009. The Tom Bergeron episodes began airing in off-network syndication on September 14, 2009; WGN America also aired the off-network syndicated episodes in late night until September 2011, while alternate versions of the Bergeron (and sometimes the Fugelsang-Fuentes) episodes with the Buena Vista Television tag before the end credits aired in the evening.
Outside the United States, family-oriented Canadian cable channel YTV has aired AFV on Saturday nights since September 2009. Canadian broadcaster City also began airing a simulcast of AFV episodes from the current or previous season on Sundays at 7 p.m. ET, as it airs on ABC in the United States (but factoring simultaneous substitution), starting in the Spring of 2010. ABC Spark, a channel that borrows original programming and some syndicated programs from ABC Family in the U.S., began carrying the series upon the channel's March 2012 launch.
In Pax airings of the Saget run, when back-to-back episodes aired, the opening titles of the second episode was cut and replaced with an announcer saying "Now don't go away, here's more of America's Funniest Home Videos before cutting to Ernie Anderson introducing Bob Saget. Some airings of the Saget run on Pax TV, Hallmark, and Nick at Nite cut the interviews with the winners, 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 opening titles (as well as various portions of the show) sped up.
|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 18, 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 16, 2010|
|Season 21||October 3, 2010||May 15, 2011|
|Season 22||October 2, 2011||May 20, 2012|
|Season 23||October 7, 2012||May 19, 2013|
|Season 24||October 6, 2013||May 2014|
|VHS/DVD Name||Release Date||Studio|
|The Best of America's Funniest Home Videos||June 27, 1991||ABC Home Video
|America's Funniest Pets||1992||ABC Home Video
|America's Funniest Families||1992||ABC Home Video
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Animal Antics||October 12, 1999||Slingshot Entertainment|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Deluxe Uncensored||June 6, 2000||Slingshot Entertainment|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Family Follies||June 6, 2000||Slingshot Entertainment|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Volume 1 with Tom Begeron||July 26, 2005||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Home for the Holidays||October 4, 2005||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: The Best of Kids and Animals||December 27, 2005||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Nincompoops & Boneheads||June 13, 2006||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Athletic Supporters||August 1, 2006||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Battle of the Best||September 12, 2006||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Sports Spectacular||September 12, 2006||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Love and Marriage||September 12, 2006||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Salute to Romance||January 9, 2007||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Motherhood Madness||April 17, 2007||Shout! Factory|
|America's Funniest Home Videos: Guide to Parenting||July 17, 2007||Shout! Factory|
Parker Brothers released a board game in 1990. Graphix Zone released a hybrid CD-ROM titled America's Funniest Home Videos: Lights! Camera! InterAction! in 1995. Imagination Games released a DVD game in 2007.
An America's Funniest Home Videos micro movie viewer was released in 1990.
- America's Funniest People, a spinoff of America's Funniest Home Videos
- Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, a 1990–2004 show also created by Vin Di Bona
- Australia's Funniest Home Videos, a post-2005 show also created by Vin Di Bona
- Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos, a half-off similar show also created by Vin Di Bona
- Asia's Funniest Home Videos, a TV series based on an adapted of America's Funniest Home Videos and Australia's Funniest Home Videos. Format with a cash prize. FremantleMedia is licensed for the whole Asia. Indonesia is a country that hold from this show to the whole Asia.
- You've Been Framed, the UK version of this show.
- Video Gag, the French equivalent.
- It Only Hurts When I Laugh, a TV show on truTV similar to AFV but mainly involving painful injuries (hence the title).
- The Planet's Funniest Animals, an Animal Planet series similar to AFV but mainly involving animals doing crazy things.
- Sprockets, which featured an AFV spoof, "Germany's Most Disturbing Home Videos", narrated by guest Karlheinz Schoeltker (Kyle MacLachlan).
- The World's Funniest Moments, a series similar in format to both AFV and America's Funniest People
- Ridiculousness, an MTV series similar to AFV but using internet videos.
- ABC Renews ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’ And ‘Wife Swap’, Deadline, May 11, 2012.
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