The Almost Impossible Game Show
Game show, Comedy
Like many reality show formats seen on U.S. television, "The Almost Impossible Game Show" first bowed in the U.K., providing an irreverent, comedic twist on the competitive game show setup. Its popularity caught the attention of MTV, whose typical viewers should enjoy watching contestants attempt -- however futile -- to complete physical challenges ranging from the absurd to the outlandish, with the action described by two Irish men with plastic bags covering their faces. At stake for the players, other than personal pride, while riding a tiny bike over a mud pit, or running full speed on a giant treadmill while wearing oversized pants, is the chance to win a $500 prize and a tiny trophy.