Horsepower saidCreepy as hell.
I feel for some of the contestants. I know after the Milgram experiment (Yale obedience study), many of the participants were psychologically damaged afterward.
Good thing they caught it on TV.
Yes it's been done before. We had a tv programme in Denmark that made some kind of obedience experiment back in the 60's or 70's. It's so famous that even though it's from before I was born, I've seen it rerun several times since on danish tv.
in exactly the same way as in the french show, participants thought they administered increasing shock levels to a person as he got answers wrong in a test. only difference is they couldn't see the actor, only hear him screaming as they shocked him. those who went to the highest shock levels would then eventually "silence" the actor.
of course many participants were psychologically damaged, and sued the tv station I think.