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  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 24, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Contestants are flown to Japan to compete in a variety of competitions based on real Japanese game shows.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Reality, Game Show
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  2. Negative: 4 out of 5
  1. There's plenty of humiliation in I Survived a Japanese Game Show as well, but there it's so varied and strange--and very much in keeping with what I understand of those shows--that it doesn't get repetitive or annoying.
  2. It’s rather like a “Saturday Night Live” skit that should have stayed a skit and not wound up on the big screen.
  3. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    I Survived a Japanese Game Show took a simple enough concept—importing Americans to compete on a bizarre game show in Tokyo—and turned it into a boring, American-style reality show, complete with confessional segments and backstage scenes.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The Japanese fascination with absurd stunts (dressing two players as huge bugs and having them splat against a wall, for example) and public humiliation as good TV fun has a rather acrid taste stripped of cultural context.
  5. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    In the light of summer television, civilization does not seem to have a pulse. It looks quite dead indeed.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
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  1. Jun 19, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This show is great. And I watch it whenever it comes on abc or on youtube. Well, if I am given the opertunity I will definitely go and show my skills on the t.v sets of Japan. Expand

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