Review: ‘America’s Funniest Home Videos’

Host: Bob Saget.

Host: Bob Saget.

It would be great if Bob Saget could show up any time a relative came over with vacation homevideos, since he could fill that entertainment void by offering comic narration for what has replaced slides as the most dreaded home activity.

As frontman of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” Saget continues asthe perfect host for vids that range from the ridiculous to the almost-sublime (with maybe a few ringers thrown in). Real videos from real people, plus Saget, equals a formula that works.

The videos here are as amateurish as they come, but who could hate a cat that plays drums along with its owner? Alongside the videos is the chatter — er, narration — by Saget, who seems to make up most of it as he goes.

As corny as he gets, he’s consistently funny, whether it involves a segue to another video or making small talk with the studio audience.

There may be a few staged videos, but plenty seem genuine, which gives a glimpse into the mindlessness video cameras initiate.

The videos range from catching someone mucking up or falling down to the reactions of someone set up for a scare. The 30-minute format is perfect.

Each episode concludes with the audience judging the winner of the $ 10,000 prize. Somehow, the drumming cat came in second.

America's Funniest Home Videos

(Sun. (9), 7-7:30 p.m., ABC)

Production

Taped in Hollywood by Vin Di Bona Prods. in association with ABC Prods. Executive producers, Vin Di Bona, Steve Paskay; producers, Melinda Zolan, Bill Barlow, Chris Cusak, Joe Bellon, Greg Bellon; director, Steve Hirshen; writers, Todd Thicke, Bob Arnott, Bob Saget.

Crew

Editor, Manny Moura; sound, Evan Adelman; music, Dan Slider.
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