The Joe Schmo Show

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  • 2003
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.2  (1,648)

The Joe Schmo Show is a reality TV show that aired on Spike TV from 2003 to 2013. The show is known for its unique concept of playing a prank on one unsuspecting contestant who thinks he is competing for a grand prize on a reality show. The show's host is Ralph Garman, a comedian, and radio personality.

The show's format involves bringing together a group of actors who pretend to be contestants on a reality TV show with a grand prize. The twist is that only one contestant in the group is not an actor and is unaware that the show is a prank. The show is designed to make the unknowing participant believe that he is in a real competition.

The show's premise is that the unknowing contestant, known as Joe Schmo, is convinced that he is competing against others for a grand prize that is usually in the millions of dollars range. Joe Schmo is thrown into the reality show experience with the actors and goes through various challenges to win the grand prize. Along the way, Joe Schmo forms bonds with some of the actors, while others try to sabotage his efforts to win.

The Joe Schmo Show has a bit of a satirical tone as it makes fun of the stereotypical elements of reality TV and how contestants behave on these shows. Some of the challenges on the show are designed to be deliberately ridiculous, and the actors often exaggerate their personalities or play up drama to keep Joe Schmo engaged.

One of the most entertaining aspects of the show is how well the actors play their roles. They go to great lengths to maintain the illusion of the show, even when things go off-script. The actors are often seasoned improv performers, which is why they are able to think on their feet and come up with witty responses to stay in character.

Ralph Garman, the show's host, adds to the fun by playing different characters throughout the show. He stages comedic moments that help to keep things light and inject a bit of humor into the proceedings. Garman's wit and charm keep the pace of the show moving and help to keep things interesting for both the actors and the unknowing Joe Schmo.

The Joe Schmo Show is a reality TV show, but it's also a commentary on reality TV as a genre. The show is designed to expose how contrived these shows can be by showcasing the behind-the-scenes antics that go into making a reality show. Joe Schmo is given an insider's view of reality TV production, which includes everything from staged scenes to producers manipulating scenarios to create drama and tension.

Despite the show's somewhat cynical take on reality TV, it's still a fun and entertaining show to watch. The concept of pranking an unsuspecting participant adds a layer of excitement to the show, and viewers never know what to expect from the actors or how Joe Schmo will react to the different challenges thrown his way.

The Joe Schmo Show has been praised for its ability to blend comedy and reality TV into a unique and engaging package. It's a show that appeals to fans of reality TV who are looking for a different kind of experience. It's also a show that attracts viewers who are simply looking for something light and fun to watch.

Overall, The Joe Schmo Show is a show that truly stands out from other reality TV shows of its kind. It's a show that's filled with humor, wit, and entertainment, and it's sure to leave viewers feeling entertained and satisfied.

The Joe Schmo Show is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (29 episodes). The series first aired on September 2, 2003.

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The Reveal
10. The Reveal
March 5, 2013
Chase goes on a spiritual quest with his llama & tracks down his own fugitive. He discovers a secret his wife has been keeping. A winner is announced, the deception is revealed & Chase reacts in a way no one expected.
The Rise Of The Lamas
9. The Rise Of The Lamas
February 26, 2013
Chase must make a decision that affects more than just him. A previous competitor comes back and Chase must face his fears. A wife, a handicapped man and a priest walk into a fake reality show.
Fear No Evil
8. Fear No Evil
February 19, 2013
Chase and the cast confront their deepest fears. Chase helps Jake make a new commercial for his company. In a shocking twist, the producers put the power of the show completely in Chase's hands.
Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?
7. Is That A Gun In Your Pocket?
February 12, 2013
Skylar hears a message from her dead husband that chills Chase to the bone. Wanda gives an arousing lesson in frisking and Randy returns the favor in the hot tub.
An Actor Among Us
6. An Actor Among Us
February 5, 2013
Chase is suspicious of a set-up and the producers work to keep the entire show from falling apart. An urn goes missing and feces is found. Jake is shattered when an eviction goes wrong.
Bring Your Convict to Work Day
5. Bring Your Convict to Work Day
January 29, 2013
Chase is chained to a convict from a local prison. Stan gets violated, and Allison unleashes a tsunami of rage.The entire show is in trouble when Chase's convict makes a run for it.
Say Hey to Ray Ray
4. Say Hey to Ray Ray
January 22, 2013
Chase helps Lavernius reveal his secret to the group. Chase's ability to remain calm is put to the test. A shocking eviction ceremony rocks Chase.
Schmo In The Wild
3. Schmo In The Wild
January 15, 2013
A challenge doesn't go well and Chase is sent to the hospital. Skylar confides in Chase and sends him down an awkward rainbow colored spiral. Jake uncovers some personal intel about Chase.
A Date With Lady Justice
2. A Date With Lady Justice
January 8, 2013
A shocking revelation tests Chase's loyalty. Lorenzo Lamas pushes his own banana hammock. And the most insane eviction ceremony ever: flame throwers, wild animals & a 60ft tall woman! Will Chase realize it's all fake?
The Bounty Begins
1. The Bounty Begins
January 8, 2013
A guy participates in a fake show thinking he'll become a REAL bounty hunter and win $100k.
Where to Watch The Joe Schmo Show
The Joe Schmo Show is available for streaming on the Spike TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Joe Schmo Show on demand at Amazon.
  • Premiere Date
    September 2, 2003
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (1,648)