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America's Funniest Home Videos

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America's Funniest Home Videos (often abbreviated AFV) is an American video clip television series that has aired on ABC since 1989. It shows viewer-submitted video clips with voice-over narration (and occasionally sound effects) added for humorous effect. At the end of each episode, the top three clips (selected by producers) are voted on by the studio audience. The winner receives $10,000, while the first and second runners-up receive $3,000 and $2,000, respectively. The show spawned two spin-offs: America's Funniest People (abbreviated AFP), which aired from 1990 to 1994; and World's Funniest Videos, which aired in 1996.

America's Funniest Home Videos has been referenced and parodied several times in Simpsons media.


Television episodes[edit]

Picture Season Episode number Episode name Reference
Home Video Finalists.png 3 36 "Stark Raving Dad" Homer watches a TV show where the announcer introduces the three "home video finalists". After rolling the clips, the announcer asks the audience to cast their votes. Even though the show isn't named and the clips aren't shown on-screen, the clips' titles ("Man Breaking Hip", "Dog on Fire" and "Baby with a Nailgun"), voiceover narration, studio audience voting and layout of the set (briefly seen in an establishing shot) make it clear that the show is a parody of America's Funniest Home Videos.
Football's Greatest Injuries.png 44 "Saturdays of Thunder" At VHS Village, Homer rents a video titled Football's Greatest Injuries.
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6 121 "A Star Is Burns" At the Springfield Film Festival, one of the films submitted by Springfieldians is Hans Moleman's Man Getting Hit by Football, which shows Moleman being hit in the groin by a football and then collapsing to the ground. When the film is screened for the festival attendees, Homer laughs uproariously and says, "This contest is over! Give that man the ten thousand dollars!" and adds, still laughing, "Roll it again." Jay Sherman, on stage presenting the films, glares at Homer and says, sharply, "This isn't America's Funniest Home Videos."

Later, when the judges convene to cast their votes for the best film, Homer supports Moleman's, enthusiastically referring to it as "Football in the groin!", which is reminiscent of how the producers title the finalists' clips on AFV.
Ed McMahon.png 10 207 "Treehouse of Horror IX" The program World's Deadliest Executions parodies the show.
America's Funniest Tornadoes - Stop Sign.png 216 "Homer to the Max" While watching TV, the Simpson family see a promo teaser for America's Funniest Tornadoes.

Comic stories[edit]

Picture Comic issue Story name Reference
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Simpsons Comics #42 The Homer Show Two video clip shows being produced by FOX are World's Funniest Surveillance Videos and World's Zaniest Police Chases. Homer's frequent appearances in viewer-submitted clips inspire the network to create a show built around Homer.
I Can Sell This Footage.png Simpsons Comics #193 Man vs. Beast vs. Food The taping of the season finale of Man vs. Beast vs. Food goes horribly awry, with an eating contest between Homer and Stampy resulting in the two of them destroying a Krusty Burger restaurant and running up a large damage bill. Krusty thinks he can salvage the situation by selling some of the footage to another reality show such as America's Funniest Maulings.
Springfield's Most Mortifying Home Videos.png Bartman #2 Where Stalks... The Penalizer! When Kent Brockman breaks the news that video footage has been obtained of The Penalizer, he says that a local couple inadvertently caught The Penalizer on tape while they were staging an "accident" for Springfield's Most Mortifying Home Videos.


Picture Book Reference
The Ralph Wiggum Book One of the programs on Ralph's Gotta-See TV Line-Up is America's Zaniest Store Surveillance Videos.
Flanders' Book of Faith One of the items on "Ned's Lifetime To-Diddly-Diddly-Do List!" is to "Attend a taping of America's Funniest Home Videos".

Video games[edit]

Picture Game Reference
TSVS - Video Shelf.png The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield Football's Greatest Injuries is one of the videos on the shelf at the Springfield Library.


Account Date Tweet
HomerJSimpson September 7, 2009 That "Funny Video" show is sick. Tonight they showed a plane crash and a shooting. What is America coming to... wait that was the news.

Common cast and crew[edit]


Picture Name Role on AFV / AFP Role on The Simpsons
Kathy Griffin.jpg Kathy Griffin Served as a celebrity panelist in the 2002 "Battle of the Best" episode of America's Funniest Home Videos. Voiced Francine Rhenquist in the Season 12 episode "Bye, Bye, Nerdie".
Jess Harnell.jpg Jess Harnell Has served as AFV's announcer since 1998; co-hosted the 1999 Family Follies collection; served as a celebrity panelist in the 2002 "Battle of the Best" episode. Voiced Charlton Heston in the Season 13 episode "The Parent Rap".
Martin Mull.jpg Martin Mull Served as a celebrity panelist in the 2002 "Battle of the Best" episode. Voiced Seth in the Season 10 episode "D'oh-in' in the Wind".
Ashley Olsen.jpg Ashley Olsen Made guest appearances on AFV and AFP. Voiced herself in the Season 15 episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife".
Mary-Kate Olsen.jpg Mary-Kate Olsen Made guest appearances on AFV and AFP. Voiced herself in the Season 15 episode "Diatribe of a Mad Housewife".
Dave Thomas.png Dave Thomas Served as co-executive producer for six episodes of America's Funniest People. Voiced Rex Banner in the Season 8 episode "Homer vs. the Eighteenth Amendment" and Bob Hope in the Season 17 episode "Bart Has Two Mommies".

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