The Weirdest Game Shows of All Time

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Some silly, others horrifying, these 10 reality-show oddities tested the limits of what Americans will watch on television.

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Have you found that adult life involves far too few childhood party games? If so, then The CW has the answer to your prayers with Oh Sit!, which premiered last night and is billed as a "high-stakes, high-octane musical chairs competition, in which 20 thrill-seeking daredevils race head to head through five physically demanding, obstacle course-style eliminations as they each compete to claim a chair, to the sounds of a live band." Fusing a preschool pastime with extreme physical challenges seems unlikely, but it's hardly the weirdest game show premise in history. In celebration of its debut, we've rounded up some of the silliest and most bizarre examples of one of American TV's oldest genres (we're not even going to get into Japanese game shows here, because that's a whole other can of weird). Meet a talking Olmec head, relive a slacker classic, and experience a show where John McEnroe tries to get your blood pressure up.

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