What is the deal with Jerry Springer show.

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    Jun 21, 2007 11:16 AM GMT
    I am receiving an american channel and every morning for two hours they they show Jerry Springer.It's horrible!!!
    Why is it so pupular?
  • Laurence

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    Jun 21, 2007 11:37 AM GMT
    Because it's a window on America for the rest of the world to see, and makes us non-Americans feel good about ourselves.

    Loz
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    Jun 21, 2007 11:46 AM GMT
    they should not show that shit on television ....it's outragoeus
    I am sure that that kind of show would be unsuccessful in Euorope..especialy in the U.K.
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    Jun 21, 2007 12:08 PM GMT
    Hmm. I don't think you've seen the Jeremy Kyle show. Or Trisha.
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    Jun 21, 2007 12:27 PM GMT
    I din not see the the shows you are talking about but I doubt they are worse that Jerry Springer.Everybody who goes on his show take their close off and start fighting...but the most annoying thing is when the audince stars screaming... jerry ,jerry ,jerry
    it's really horrible_I've seen the show just two times cos I am too embarrased to watch it
  • cityguy39

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    Jun 21, 2007 12:42 PM GMT
    Then you guy haven't heard of the stage adaptations of "The Jerry Springer Opera" there are productions in London and all over the U.S, there is a production here in Chicago that is actually very popular and has gotten good reviews lol. The stage show is a total send off the TV show, the stage show even goes to further extremes then the TV show from what I understand.
  • Laurence

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    Jun 21, 2007 12:56 PM GMT
    Hi

    I saw the Jerry Springer the Opera here in London and enjoyed it very much. Especially the first half, which is a very faithful rip-off of the TV show (but with the guests singing opera instead of just shouting).

    They've just started re-showing the TV series over here on Sky TV, and I find myself unfortunately drawn to it (I know it's exploitative trash TV... but hey....one of my new ambitions is to live in a trailer).

    Loz
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    Jun 21, 2007 2:52 PM GMT
    It's like watching a train wreck, I think. You're horrified, but you can't turn away. I wonder if it's an extreme example of our cultural fascination with "reality" TV.
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    Jun 21, 2007 3:13 PM GMT
    I've seen it a few times in small doses. I was horrified, but my ability to turn away always returned very quickly because I don't enjoy watching that kind of extreme negativity. That's why I can't watch Hell's Kitchen, even though I'm a hardcore foodie and love cooking shows. The reality show I couldn't turn away from was The Swan.
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    Jun 21, 2007 3:17 PM GMT
    haha

    Yes the Swan was good TV. Some amazing transformations.

    Though the women all ended up looking like hookers for some reason.

    Loz
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    Jun 21, 2007 3:21 PM GMT
    I feel the same way about Hell's Kitchen--food is supposed to be fun. Thank goodness for Rachel Ray, she's always smiling. Is Michael Chiarello on our team, you think? And what would it take to get Ming to cook wearing only an apron?
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    Jun 21, 2007 5:01 PM GMT
    The Jerry Springer show is a great way to see some American extremes, but should be taken with a grain of salt. Most of us do not take our clothes off and beat their baby-mommas. You have to remember that although these are 'real' people - the producers of the show amp them up and get them to act a certain way.

    If you've never dealt with normal Americans, then the Jerry Springer show is the absolute wrong way to look at us as a population.

    Either way, as much as the show is fabricated and silly, it can be a great way to fall asleep or spend a few mindless hours contemplating how crazy people can be... depends on how much you love trashy television :)
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    Jun 21, 2007 5:18 PM GMT
    Both the Springer show and the Maury Povitch show are black marks on the human race. When those TV signals reach an intelligent species somewhere in the Galaxy, that species will come and sterilize Earth for fear the bad taste might spread.
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    Jun 21, 2007 5:31 PM GMT
    It's the car wreck thing! Of course the show is appaling, but it's also a fascinating mess. We as people like to watch others degrade themselves because it makes us feel superior to them...at least, this is one reason why we watch such human filth and call it "entertainment." I think it's a terrible representation of this country but then, it's not much worse than the slanted news coverage you see of US policy on CNN.
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    Jun 21, 2007 5:39 PM GMT
    "Is Michael Chiarello on our team, you think? "

    Sorry, I don't know who he is. We got rid of our satellite TV years ago, and the only TV I get now is the local Fox affiliate (and, of course, shows I might choose to download off BitTorrent.)

    "And what would it take to get Ming to cook wearing only an apron?"

    My boyfriend and I used to watch him when we were together, 11 years ago. Ming's definitely a cute guy. But, I'd like to know what it would take to get him to stop loading up his sauces with so much sugar. I'm cool with a little splash of traditionally brewed mirin, but his heaping spoonfuls of table sugar come across to me as catering to the junkfood palates of mainstream America.
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    Jun 21, 2007 5:54 PM GMT
    Jerry Springer is just entertainment, crude and crass at that. And honestly which is worse watching families yell and scream and beat each other up, or watch men fighting animals in an arena? The bottome line is people like entertainment even when it is in poor taste. The one thing about Jerry's show though is that I always feel better about my family after seeing a few minutes of the show -- and I can only withstand a few minutes. But compared to those people my family is normal and sane, and so boring.
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    Jun 21, 2007 6:42 PM GMT
    As an experiment, when I moved to Vancouver a year ago I decided not to order cable. Actually I get no TV channels at all.

    I have to tell you guys, it's fucking AWESOME! Since we all gre up with TV we have absolutely no idea how distracting it is, and how much time we waste watching stuff we don't even like. And don't get me started about commercials.

    Don't get me wrong, I still love watching tv shows, but now I wait till they're out on DVD and either buy em or rent em. The awesome thing is, you free up so much time you can follow a single show from start to finish in no time at all.

    I'm patiently waiting to see Heros when it comes out, since I hear it's awesome. :) I've never seen The Sopranos either, so I might see if I can get into that one... :)
  • DenveRyk

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    Jun 21, 2007 9:23 PM GMT
    1) Jerry Springer is s much a glimpse into American life and culture as is "pro-wrestling". It's as fake as a wooden nickel. AS entertainment, it's on a level with the Roman Empire's gladiator battles--bread and circuses for the masses. Not worth more than a few minutes watching ina lifetime.

    2) I'm with scullboy. Got rid of the dish 2 1/2 yrs ago and don't regret it for a moment. I get a lot more done around the house after work now, gardening, cleaning, reading, internet, and most importantly, more time with people!! When I see it at the gym (8 sets in the cardio room!!), I just have to smile and turn up the MP3 player. To see otthers engrossed in it as if it were something important is just hilarious. Kill Your TV !! And GO NETFLIX!!
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    Jun 22, 2007 4:25 AM GMT
    I know the lady who basically invented Jerry. She is pretty cool actually. Very intelligent.

    And yes, she does say that the show has gone to further lengths as what was first intended...to put it in her own words "But hell! I would take my shirt of here and now for a million dollars, and you know you would too!"

    So sure the show is distasteful...but you watched it, and they are makin' money!! Thats the point!
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    Jun 22, 2007 5:59 PM GMT
    The question isn't whats the deal with the Jerry Springer show, but rather what is the deal with people who watch it.

    If it wasn't making money, it would've been canceled years ago, but I know for a fact that kids used to skip class just to watch it when I was younger.

    People love watching screwed up things, or better yet screwed up people. It gives them something to laugh at and a reason to feel more successful and civilized.

    Either way you're right, its pointless. Stupid, it makes no difference and nothing is ever truly discussed. I don't even know if can be called a talk show, but they must be on to something.

    I am still not 100 percent convinced that all of their guest are truthful or even real. It just seems so staged.
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    Jun 22, 2007 6:03 PM GMT
    It's mindless entertainment.......no need to over think it!


    Jerry!! Jerry!! Jerry!!
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    Jun 23, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    Exactly, seeing Springer once or twice is enough! I have too much integrity and values to sit and watch. I don't care if it is real or fake - it is a pure waste of time. That is just me.
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    Jun 25, 2007 10:17 PM GMT
    I'm not sure I've ever hated a television show with as much fervor as Jerry Springer, Cops is a close second though. I mean in all seriousness was the Media giant THAT desperate ideas that they agreed to broadcast this crap. It just disgusts me to see what other bright ideas Television stations are going to come up with and how many braincells we will lose because of it.