Someday the vault will be opened and the hours upon hours of tape from myriad
hidden-camera shows -- from "Candid
Camera" to "Punk'd"
-- that was deemed "not for air," for whatever reason, will see the light ... more
of day. That could even be the name of the show: "The Light of Day."
MTV's "Money From
Strangers" offers an interesting twist on the hidden-camera series, like "Disaster
Date" before it: The worse the prank gets, the more money is doled out. In
short, the greater the potential for ugliness, the greater the sum you can walk
away with, up to -- gasp! -- $1,000 here on "Money." So, the guy who
returns the cheeseburger at a fast-food joint (hidden earpiece in place) and
begins asking the cashier if he or she thought about the cow just served
up, and then asks for the manager to inquire same, and then (upon instruction)
begins doing jumping jacks? Yeah, he could be walking away with a
couple hundred bucks if he doesn't give it all away.
Here is our tribute to TV's best hidden-camera series.