Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Oh Sit! - They Really Will Put Anything On TV These Days

I had some time to scroll through prime time TV today and came across a show called Oh Sit! Not only is the show a thinly veiled homage to a curse word, but it's also a thinly veiled copy of Wipeout mixed with a children's game. Let's just say that I wasn't feeling it.

Oh Sit! is a combination of a couple of things:

Musical chairs: The competitors have to land in chairs, each worth a secret dollar amount, at the end of every round. They go through a circle of obstacles until the music stops, and then they have to make their way to the chairs. So, much like the beloved children's game, people run in circles until music stops, then find their way to a chair. Each time, someone's kicked out of the game.

Wipeout: Like Wipeout, the competitors have to compete in a series of obstacles to get to the finish line (in this case, a chair). Also like Wipeout, the hosts are snarky and sarcastic. As a side note - on this show, host Jessi looks a bit like Sarah Jessica Parker.

Nickelodeon Guts: Like with this vintage competition show, the contestants get nicknames and compete in a series of obstacles to be the ultimate winner. The difference between Guts and Oh Sit! is that on Guts, the nicknames were positive. On Oh Sit!, they're somewhere between weird and offensive. On this episode, nicknames included King of Tweens, Pole Dancer, Brazil Nut and Amber Waves. What's an Amber Wave, anyway, may I ask?

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: It's like this strictly because you have to do take risks and do stuff to make money. It's a loose comparison, but it still counts, right?

Shows where random people play music: I can't think of one offhand, but this show features a live band singing cover songs. It's kind of like early episodes of American Idol - it features lots of songs, many of which aren't particularly memorable. Also like on American Idol, famous bands perform every so often.

My verdict on this show? Don't waste your time. If you're into stuff similar to Oh Sit!, put Wipeout on in the background and watch some kids play musical chairs. It'll be about 1,000 times more entertaining, and you'll at least know that some kids had a good time running in circles.

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