When you flip through the channels on your television, you’re bound to come across some bizarre shows. After all, there are dozens of different networks, each of which need to find enough material to fill up twenty-four hours every single day of the year. That’s why some of the episodes you see seem less than sensible. For example, here are a few wacky reality shows that actually made it onto the air somehow:
During every episode of Sex Box, a couple is asked to make love inside of a giant box that is placed on set in front of an audience. No one else is able to hear or see what goes on in the box, but once the couple finishes having sex, they must step in front of the cameras and talk to “sexperts” about what went on while they were inside. The show is meant to help struggling couples keep their sex life steamy and their relationship strong.
Kid Nation was a highly controversial reality show about children living on their own. 40 boys and girls between the ages of eight and fifteen were sent to a town in Mexico, where they were required to create their own society without the help of any adults. Even though each child was given $5,000 for their efforts, their parents had to sign a waiver stating that CBS was not at fault for any deaths, illnesses, or STDs.
This twisted reality show placed adopted men and women in a room with several older gentleman and asked them to decide which one was their real father. Although it may sound like a sweet idea, the real father’s goal is to try to trick their child into believing someone else is their dad. If they succeed, they win $100,000. Meanwhile, if the child guesses right, then they win the $100,000.
This show could easily ruin a women’s self-esteem. It took 12 engaged women and made them compete in challenges over the course of four months. Whenever they did well on a challenge, they would be rewarded with plastic surgery. One week they’d receive a nose job, another week they’d receive a tummy tuck and so on. The goal was to win as many competitions as you could in order to become “the perfect bride.”
This “radical dating experiment” shows a group of people living in a house together, where they mostly walk around naked. Even though they’re permitted to wear some clothes in the house, when they go out on their dates with strangers, they must remain unclothed; that way, there’s nothing to hide—the couples know what they’re getting from the first time they meet.
This reality show tricked several women into believing they were competing for a chance to marry Prince Harry. Of course the real Harry wasn’t involved at all. They were simply going on dates with a look-alike. Despite the unique concept of the show, it was canceled after only a few weeks.
Twelve contestants were asked to donate their sperm to a sperm bank and then, once all of the materials were gathered, the sperm were all released at the same time. Whichever man’s sperm reached the end goal first won a new car. Of course, the sperm weren’t headed for a legitimate egg—just a similar chemical substance—so no one actually got pregnant.