Fameless

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 3 Seasons
  • 4.9  (294)

Fameless is a comedy show that premiered on truTV back in 2015, featuring David Spade as himself. The premise of the show is simple - it's a hidden camera show that tricks wannabe reality show stars into believing they're on the cusp of fame, only to reveal that the whole thing was a setup. The show features a rotating cast of actors who play pranks on unsuspecting participants, all of whom believe they're auditioning for a real TV show.

Each episode of Fameless features three different pranks, all of which center on a specific genre of reality TV. For example, one episode might feature a dating show, a home renovation show, and a cooking show. In each segment, the pranksters go to great lengths to convince the would-be reality stars that they're about to hit the big time. They might bring in fake producers and directors, set up elaborate sets, and even fly the participants to different locations for big reveals.

Of course, the real fun of Fameless comes from watching these people's dreams get dashed in front of their eyes. Once the prank is revealed, David Spade and a panel of comedians appear on-screen to give their reactions to the footage. They'll crack jokes about the participants and the ridiculous situations they find themselves in, often getting in some good-natured ribbing at each other's expense.

What sets Fameless apart from other hidden camera shows is its commitment to genuinely surprising its participants. The pranks are often so elaborate and well-executed that it's hard to believe that the people involved don't suspect anything. And because the show generally avoids using famous people as its marks, the participants are all relatively average people who are thrust into bizarre and uncomfortable situations.

Throughout its two-season run (the show was unfortunately cancelled in 2016), Fameless featured a range of different pranks and setups. Some of the most memorable episodes include a fake weight loss show that convinces participants they're shrinking down to the size of an action figure, a dating show where the contestant meets a series of increasingly ridiculous suitors, and a home renovation show where the participants are subjected to increasingly chaotic and dangerous "upgrades."

One thing that sets Fameless apart from other hidden camera shows is its relatively tame sense of humor. While the pranks can be outrageous, the show never seems to want to humiliate its participants (at least, not more than they've already been humiliated by believing they were about to become TV stars). Instead, the jokes mostly revolve around the absurdity of the situation, never venturing into mean-spirited territory.

Of course, not every prank on Fameless lands perfectly. Sometimes the participants are too savvy and see through the setup, or the jokes fall flat. But more often than not, the show delivers on its promise to surprise and delight viewers with its bizarre, over-the-top pranks. And with David Spade and his rotating cast of comedian panelists providing commentary, there's never a shortage of laughs to be had.

Ultimately, Fameless is a fun, lighthearted show that delivers exactly what it promises - ridiculous hidden camera pranks and lots of laughs. While it's certainly not high art, it's a pleasant way to pass the time if you're in the mood for some mindless entertainment. And with episodes streaming on truTV's website, it's easy to get your fix of Spade and his crew whenever you need a pick-me-up.

Fameless is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (46 episodes). The series first aired on July 29, 2015.

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Tornado Alley
25. Tornado Alley
February 6, 2017
A lively host gets charged up for her debut but finds herself in a shocking predicament, a wannabe television writer thinks he's delivered the perfect pitch, and an aspiring crime fighter accidentally becomes a not-so-smooth criminal.
Spa-mageddon
24. Spa-mageddon
January 30, 2017
A product tester is deceived into thinking he's working with professionals; and a spa day becomes a painful experience.
The Trashed and the Furious
23. The Trashed and the Furious
January 23, 2017
A wannabe prankster, an aspiring TV host and an investigator are deceived into being the targets of prank.
Gorilla Warfare
22. Gorilla Warfare
January 16, 2017
Pranks are pulled on an amateur archaeologist, a gamer and a wannabe joker.
No Brain No Gain
21. No Brain No Gain
January 9, 2017
Pranks are played on a rookie host, an aspiring model and a wannabe antique picker.
Host Busters
20. Host Busters
January 2, 2017
A TV star hopeful, an aspiring host and a would-be hotel critic are the subjects of pranks.
Ear Factor
19. Ear Factor
December 26, 2016
Tricks involving an aspiring crime crusher, a wannabe TV host and a drill sergeant.
Fameless Holiday Special!
18. Fameless Holiday Special!
December 19, 2016
A hopeful game-show host has an unfortunate brush with Santa; an elf decides if a hospital should be on the naughty or nice list; and an endeavoring host crashes a holiday bash.
Through the Cooking Glass
17. Through the Cooking Glass
December 12, 2016
An eager art expert, a product tester and a hopeful relationship expert are the subjects of pranks.
Locked in Time
16. Locked in Time
December 5, 2016
An aspiring archaeologist, a wannabe salesman and an up and coming food star are involved in pranks.
I Robot?
15. I Robot?
November 28, 2016
A hopeful traffic cop is pranked; a diva host gets a taste of reality; and a robot prank goes wrong.
One Bad Egg
14. One Bad Egg
November 28, 2016
A wannabe nature authority is pranked; an aspiring magician's assistant believes he has a gift; and a host makes someone envious.
The Joy of Hex
13. The Joy of Hex
October 10, 2016
An aspiring game show host discovers his new show is not the smash hit he thought it would be, an undercover whistleblower gets psyched out by mind-blowing powers, and a dog groomer has a ruff first day trying to fix a faux-paw.
Home Is Where The Haunt Is
12. Home Is Where The Haunt Is
October 3, 2016
A guy's home remodel project turns into a nightmare. Also: a new house appraisal; a meteorologist's try-outs.
Flash of Brilliance
11. Flash of Brilliance
September 26, 2016
A dancer is pranked; a cooking competition is faked; an amateur psychic is surprised.
The Vanishing
10. The Vanishing
September 19, 2016
A wannabe crime fighter discovers how time flies when you wind up on the wrong end of a sting; the world's most aggressive driving instructor learns the dangers of buzzed driving; and a first time magician's apprentice watches his big break vanish into thin air.
Rage Of Enlightenment
9. Rage Of Enlightenment
September 12, 2016
Gags include: energy drink promoter fallout; tomb raider mummy confrontation; skateboarder prank fail.
Wet Gold
8. Wet Gold
September 5, 2016
A wannabe treasure hunter unearths a monstrous discovery, an attempt at reuniting best friends turns ugly, and an aspiring hypnotist learns that - at corporate events - certain behavior doesn't fly.
The Home Wrecker
7. The Home Wrecker
August 29, 2016
A TV Host is pranked while working; a real estate agent winds up in a housing dilemma; and a con person gets hustled.
High Speed Chase
6. High Speed Chase
August 22, 2016
A wannabe officer is tripped up by their prankster partner. Later, a famous twin surprise fails major for an MC.
Raiders Of The Lost Art
5. Raiders Of The Lost Art
August 15, 2016
An aspiring TV host discovers the real art of pranking when he gets caught in a security trap. Then, a muscle-head finds that the dream of becoming a fitness celebrity comes with some bad side effects, and a crazy attempt to take the antiques game by storm comes to an electrifying stop.
Zings And Zonks
4. Zings And Zonks
August 8, 2016
A drone strikes a TV Host; a dinosaur prank goes wrong for a joker; and an insult comic goes for a jaunt.
The Shawprank Redemption
3. The Shawprank Redemption
August 1, 2016
A prank in a jail "back fires" causing a prison break. Also: angry robot; dog discipline.
The Invasion
2. The Invasion
August 1, 2016
In the premier of Season 2, a news anchor is tricked during her first time on the job. Later, a TV host discovers he has strange, new powers.
David Spade's Top Ten
1. David Spade's Top Ten
July 25, 2016
A countdown of David Spade's most loved pranks from Season 1.
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Where to Watch Fameless
Fameless is available for streaming on the truTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Fameless on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and truTV.
  • Premiere Date
    July 29, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    4.9  (294)