MTV's The 70s House

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The 70s House
StarringNatasha Leggero
Aaron Matthew Lee
Bil Dwyer
Andrew Severyn
Corey Hartwyk
Sarah Bray
Lynda Khristine
Ashley McCarthy
Hailley Howard
Geo Herrera
Jami Stallings
Joey Mendicino
Lee Wireman
Peter Asencio
Ruben Gonzalez
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)Adam Cohen
Cara Tapper
Joanna Vernetti
Release
Original networkMTV
Original releaseJuly 5 (2005-07-05) –
September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06)

MTV's The 70s House is an American reality television show created by Aaron Matthew Lee. The show premiered on MTV on July 5 and ended September 6, 2005. The show featured twelve contestants (six male, six female) who thought they were participating in a The Real World-type reality show, but instead were thrust into a 24/7 simulation of the 1970s. They were required to part with all modern technology including cell phones, laptops, and MP3 players, as well as all modern clothing and lingo, only to adopt their cultural equivalents of the 1970s. It was billed as a competition to see who can "be the most 70s."[1][2]

The twelve contestants were: Andrew Severyn, Ashley McCarthy, Corey Hartwyk, Geo Herrera, Hailley Howard, Jami Stallings, Joey Mendicino, Lynda Khristine, Lee Wireman, Peter Asencio, Ruben Gonzalez, and Sarah Bray.

Overview[edit]

On each episode contestants were assigned tasks by Oscar, the house's unseen owner who communicated over speakerphone in an obvious parody of Charlie from Charlie's Angels. Dawn, the peppy host, acted as a liaison between the contestants and Oscar and instructed them on how to complete the tasks. After finishing the task Oscar awarded a prize to the contestant (or team) which best completed the task. Two contestants were then chosen, based on that day's performance and how well they otherwise kept their 70s facade. These contestants competed in an elimination challenge at the end of the show and the loser would be eliminated from the show. In the ninth episode, however, three contestants competed in the elimination round and two were eliminated.

The show had various gimmicks meant to test the contestants willingness to adhere to their 70s lifestyle. The most prominent gimmick was the "Hustle Alarm." Whenever a buzzer sounded and "The Hustle" was played, contestants were required to do the Hustle regardless of what they were doing. They were shown throughout the season doing the Hustle at various times including the middle of the night and early in morning.

Stand-up comedian Natasha Leggero played Dawn, while Bil Dwyer played the elimination challenge host, Bert Van Styles. Aaron Matthew Lee, the creator of the show, provided the voice of Oscar.

The winner received a prize package from Hewlett-Packard, a 2005 Volkswagen Beetle and a trip to Europe.

A similar show centered around 1990s culture called 90's House premiered on MTV in 2017.[3]

Results[edit]

Contestant Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Andrew RISK WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN SAFE WIN WIN
Joey WIN WIN SAFE WIN RISK SAFE WIN SAFE RISK OUT
Corey SAFE WIN WIN WIN WIN SAFE RISK RISK OUT
Sarah WIN SAFE RISK SAFE WIN SAFE WIN WIN OUT
Lynda SAFE SAFE WIN RISK SAFE RISK SAFE OUT
Ashley SAFE SAFE SAFE IMM SAFE SAFE OUT
Jami WIN SAFE WIN SAFE WIN OUT
Ruben WIN WIN WIN WIN OUT
Hailley WIN RISK SAFE OUT
Peter WIN WIN OUT
Lee SAFE OUT
Geo OUT
     The contestant won the 70s House.
     The contestant won the challenge.
     The contestant was awarded immunity for the challenge.
     The contestant did not win the challenge, but was awarded safety.
     The contestant faced an elimination challenge and won.
     The contestant was eliminated from the competition.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Welcome to the 1970s"July 5, 2005 (2005-07-05)

  • Challenge: A basketball game against a high school team.
  • Winners: Dyn-o-mites (Joey, Hailley, Jami, Peter, Ruben, Sarah)
  • Bottom two: Andrew and Geo
  • Eliminated: Geo
2"Disco Duck"July 12, 2005 (2005-07-12)

  • Challenge: A disco dance showdown.
  • Winners: the Dudes (Andrew, Corey, Joey, Peter, Ruben)
  • Elimination Round: Climb That Mountain.
  • Bottom two: Hailley and Lee
  • Eliminated: Lee
3"Dodge Ball"July 19, 2005 (2005-07-19)

  • Challenge: A game of dodgeball against pro wrestlers.
  • Winners: Ruben's team (Ruben, Andrew, Corey, Jami, Lynda)
  • Elimination Round: Liars' Lounge.
  • Bottom two: Peter and Sarah
  • Eliminated: Peter
4"Car Wash"July 26, 2005 (2005-07-26)

  • Challenge: An endurance Car Wash.
  • Winners: Andrew, Corey, Joey, Ruben
  • Immune: Ashley
  • Elimination Round: Supermarket Shenanigans.
  • Bottom two: Hailley and Lynda
  • Eliminated: Hailley
5"Love Boat"August 2, 2005 (2005-08-02)

  • Challenge: Matching eight couples on a cruise.
  • Winners: Red Team (Jami, Andrew, Sarah, Corey)
  • Elimination Round: Limbo.
  • Bottom two: Joey and Ruben
  • Eliminated: Ruben
6"You're So Vain"August 9, 2005 (2005-08-09)

  • Challenge: Mr. & Miss Red White & Blue beauty pageant.
  • Winner: Andrew
  • Safe: Ashley and Sarah
  • Elimination Round: What's Your Sign?
  • Bottom two: Jami and Lynda
  • Eliminated: Lynda
7"Roller Boogie"August 16, 2005 (2005-08-16)

  • Winners: Team Jazzercise (Andrew, Joey, Sarah)
  • Elimination Round: Roller Boogie Showdown.
  • Bottom two: Ashley and Corey
  • Eliminated: Ashley
8"Five Sticks of Dynamite"August 23, 2005 (2005-08-23)

  • Challenge: Performing an original song.
  • Winner: Sarah
  • Elimination Round: What's That Song?
  • Bottom two: Lynda and Corey
  • Eliminated: Lynda
9"Tiger Beat"August 30, 2005 (2005-08-30)

  • Winner: Andrew
  • Elimination Round: Spaghetti Holes eating challenge.
  • Bottom three: Corey, Joey, Sarah
  • Eliminated: Corey and Sarah
10"Andrew Wins!"September 6, 2005 (2005-09-06)

  • Challenge: 70s Decathlon.
  • Winner: Andrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2005/03/04/development-update-march-4-17945/6842/
  2. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2005/06/07/development-update-june-6-7-18527/6922/
  3. ^ Ossad, Jordana (August 29, 2017). "DOPEST DECADE: MTV IS TRAVELING BACK TO THE NINETIES WITH NEW GAME SHOW". Mtv. Retrieved January 25, 2019.

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