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Nine finalists battle it out for a $100,000 prize and the winner will go on to compete against the season's first $100,000 prize winner for the grand prize. The videos include "Arachnophobic Flip Out," a man frantically runs through the house after discovering a spider on his shirt; "Super Scared of Snakes," a man is terrified when his wife wraps a large snake around his neck; "Butterfly Freedom Fail," a butterfly sets off on its first flight only to be intercepted by a hungry bird; "Eggsperiment Gone Wrong," a science experiment goes awry when a boy stacks bricks on top of eggs and they shatter the glass table; "Grandma's Game Goof," a family grows frustrated during the game "Heads Up" when Grandma keeps saying the answers; "Breathless Birthday Boy," a toddler struggles to blow out his birthday candle; "Pretty Pink Pooch," a woman discovers her dog has gotten into her tube of pink lipstick; "Befuddled Baboon," a baboon at the zoo reacts with awe to a man's card trick; "Sibling Surprise Shocker," a man holds his son who is wearing a "Big Brother" shirt but can't figure out that his wife is pregnant.

Episode Title: $100,000 Episode
Airs: 2016-05-08 at 19:00
  • Tom Shales

    It's good, clean and funny. But in their zest to cram in as many pratfalls and bean balls as they can, the producers concentrate on the mishap and almost never on the aftermath. Everything is edited down to tiny bites.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Marvin Kitman

    I'm ashamed to admit it in front of my more serious colleagues, but I think the show can be very funny. Of course, like everything else on TV, some of it hits, a lot of it misses. But in the midst of the pain, cruelty, ridicule and abuse, not to mention boredom, somebody falls into a manhole and I find myself bursting out laughing. [29 Mar 1990]

    Newsday Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    The only thing more uneven than the quality of the videos is host Bob Saget's comic commentary.

    People Weekly Full Review
  • John J. O'Connor

    The times may be ripe for featherbrained entertainment, for aggressive escapism. ... I suspect that ... 'America's Funniest Home Videos' may eventually tumble as fast as it soared. The predictable diet of cute kids and animals, weddings and sports, is already somewhat numbing. [1 Mar 1990]

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Howard Rosenberg

    Downright megabominable, a half hour of mostly violent, amateur-produced slapstick whose biggest victims are inevitably its smallest participants. Children.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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