To me this is a quintissential Tivo/DVR show. With Tivo, you can get through it in 15 or 20 minutes and its hilarious. A fantastic time invested-to-reward ratio. It also serves two important functions in my life: (1) it keeps me up to date on what's going on in TV and pop culture worlds, and (2) it reminds me that there are a lot (and I mean, a lot) of losers out there, which in turn, makes me feel better about myself.
This is a Japanese show on the obscure G4 network, where contestants scale insanely difficult obstacle courses. The goofy translations of the subtitles ads some great comedy to the mind-boggling physical feats.
The songs have dropped off significantly from the first season (to be expected), but I think the episodes in the recent season were hilarious. The addition of the New Zealand Prime Minister, Brian, has been a huge success. I highly suggest you watch the R. Kelly video "Same Girl", then watch the episode where Brett and Jemaine fall for the same girl. They clearly parodied R. Kelly, to great effect.
This show can be hit or miss, but it normally hits. Gordon Ramsay goes into struggling restaurants, watches the operation, then gives his advice on how to turn things around. Watching the restaurant owners interact with Ramsay is fascinating. Its amazing how many people running businesses that are losing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year can be so delusional. Often like watching a car-wreck, but normally a light goes off with the owner and its great to see how even extreme incompetence can be aided and turned around.
If you happen to catch the season premiere of this show which features a husband and wife who need to sell one of their two homes (the husbands) following their marriage, prepare for one of the most impressive displays of d-baggery you will ever see.
I came across this show while waiting for a Dodger game to start. Is it weird that I was rooting for the whalers?
Seriously, I tivo'd this show because I was so shocked at the position it put me in, but the protagonists of the show are highly unlikeable. They come across as universally delusional (they're shocked when the Japanese get aggressive with them, even though they continually are throwing things on the decks of the whaling boats like, well, ACID!!!!), wimpy, and incompetent.
This is more of an experimental Tivo choice for me. I need to watch more to see if a group of people can cause you, purely by their demeanor and actions, to root for something you are morally opposed to.