Totally Hidden Video

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Totally Hidden Video
GenreReality / Game show
Presented bySteve Skrovan (1989–1991)
Mark Pitta (1991–1992)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Running time30 minutes
Production companyQuantum Media
Original networkFox
Original releaseJuly 9, 1989 (1989-07-09) –
1992 (1992)

Totally Hidden Video is an American hidden-camera television show and game show that aired from 1989 to 1992.[1] It was one of the early shows in the history of the Fox television network and held the highest viewing share for any Fox program at one point.[2][3][4] It was produced by Quantum Media and Fox.[5]

The show premiered on Sunday, July 9, 1989.[6][7] Steve Skrovan was the program's first host,[3] later replaced by Mark Pitta in 1991.

Shortly after its debut, a game segment called Totally Home Made Videos was added to the show. In this segment, contestants send in their funny videos to win a $10,000 prize, the winners of which were announced by Skrovan at the end of every episode - very similar to the format used by sister show America's Funniest Home Videos.


The show was accused of using paid actors in a lawsuit filed against the Fox Broadcasting Co. by Candid Camera's creator Allen Funt,[5] who also accused the show of stealing his ideas.[3][8] While the producers admitted that the series pilot had staged some of the "setups", they swore all skits which made it to air were legitimate. However, in the wake of the controversy, series producer Larry Hovis was fired for staging incidents.[4][9]

In popular culture[edit]

On an episode of Saved By the Bell, Zack Morris references the show by claiming someone is on it in an effort to save face.

In the season 5 "Triple Play" episode of The Golden Girls, when Blanche calls off a scheme to meet wealthy men by claiming to be selling an expensive car, Sophia tries to help Blanche save face by telling the men that the whole thing was a setup for Totally Hidden Video, and that she's actually Kaye Ballard in disguise.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Totally Hidden Video at IMDb
  2. ^ "Fox's "Totally Hidden Video" makes big splash in the Nielsens". Wilmington Morning Star. 12 July 1989. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  3. ^ a b c O'Connor, John J. (12 July 1989). "Review/Television; Allen Funt Calls 'Totally Hidden Video'". New York Times. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b Hodges, Ann (13 July 1989). "Fox exposes phony segments on its `Totally Hidden Video'". Houston Chronicle. Archived from the original on 20 January 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Fox Fires Coproducer Of `Totally Hidden Video`". Chicago Tribune. 13 July 1989. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  6. ^ Kogan, Rick (10 July 1989). "A Nastier `Candid Camera`: `Hidden Video` Gets Laughs At The Expense Of The Unsuspecting". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  7. ^ (11 September 2012)
  8. ^ Buck, Jerry (13 July 1989). "`HIDDEN VIDEO' BOLSTERS FOX". Deseret News. Retrieved 11 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Producer of "Totally Hidden Video" fired by Fox for staging segments". The Modesto Bee. 13 July 1989. Archived from the original on 24 January 2013. Retrieved 11 September 2012.

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