TV Nation

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  • Season 2
    • Bully Reunion Night
      This Episode's Segments:
      Bully Reunion Night: Each TV Nation correspondent is reunited with his or her bully from high school. The bullies are flown to New York for a special fun-filled weekend of carriage rides through Central Park, tandem bicycle rides, and a little payback.
      Confession: Once a year all Catholics are required to go to Confession to confess their sins from the year. Interestingly enough, no two priests give the same penance for the same sins. As a service to our Catholic viewers, TV Nation presents the first ever "Consumer's Guide to the Confessional." We go to confession in twenty churches in the New York city area and confesses her sins. We then discover which churches hand out the lightest penance.
      TV Felons: What do you have to get a license for in this country? Driving. Hunting. Fishing. How about to watch TV? Ridiculous, huh? Not in Great Britain, where unless you apply and pay for a license for the privilege of watching television, you can go to jail. TV Nation travels through Britain with the "TV Cops" as they bust British citizens who have plugged in their television sets without permission from the British government.
      Crackers -- Detroit: Crackers the Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken concludes his summer tour travelling through Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and finally ending up in Detroit. The two daily newspapers , the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press, are on strike. Crackers investigates the cause of the strike and questions the joint operating agreement under which both papers, once rivals, are managed, and tries to stop the scab newspaper they are currently printing.
      KGB4: TV Nation sends our own KGB agent, Yuri Shvets, to find out what happened to the Democratic Party. They used to stand for something but now voters can't get to the polls fast enough to remove them from office. Yuri tries to solve this mystery by going under cover at a Democratic National Committee meeting. He then travels the highways and byways of the country, talking to citizens and trying to find out what happened to the heart and soul of the Democratic Party.
      Weatherman: TV Nation hires the weatherman who was fired for refusing to lie and forecasting rain on a day of a big Republican picnic.moreless
    • Fox Show 6
      Fox Show 6
      Episode 6
      This Episode's Segments:
      Hug-A-Gov: The new Congress has said it wants to return more power back to the States. If that's where the power is, we at TV Nation want to reach out and touch that power. Thus begins our mission: to hug all 50 governors.
      Psy-Obsb: Coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial is important but does it require 300 reporters a day? Are there not other serious stories to cover? TV Nation hires its own psychological operations expert retired from the U.S. Army to help conduct a "psy-op" program to destabilize and reduce the massive amount of O.J. coverage.
      Rosemont: Sections of Rosemont, Illinois, an affluent Chicago suburb, are closed off to the outside world. Taking the concept of a gated community one step further, Rosemont has placed police guard booths on public streets leading into the city-and only residents who can prove they are residents are allowed in. TV Nation goes to the outskirts of Rosemont to set up its own guard booth and prevent citizens of Rosemont from entering Chicago.
      Unions: Everyone knows unions are dying or dead. But there is a whole new group of jobs out there that are starting to unionize for the first time. It's like the 1930's all over again-except this time it's not industrial workers. It's the Buffalo Bills cheerleading squad. It's the topless dancers at a bar in New Jersey. It's the cartoon characters at Disney World. TV Nation says, "Show us your union label!"
      White Men: TV Nation celebrates the white man's achievements and explores disturbing signs that the white man is under attack. We assemble a panel of white male experts to explore the threat from the white man's natural enemies-women, minorities, and everyone who isn't a white man. Will the white man vanish like the mighty buffalo? Or will this sparkling example of the human species survive?
      Most Wanted (Part 2): Three weeks ago, TV Nation covered the story of Brian Anthony Harris, a young African-American man living in Washington, D.C. To date he has been pulled over and questioned over 20 times because he either "looks like a criminal" or because his name is the same as an actual felon-at-large. TV Nation started a campaign complete with billboards and radio ads to inform police agencies, "Brian Anthony Harris is not wanted" and asked our African American viewers to phone in if they, too, have been harassed by the police. Tonight rapper Doug E. Fresh takes their names to the FBI in Washington, D.C. asking them to tell police agencies across the country to leave these men alone because they are NOT WANTED!
      Fan Mail: TV Nation's own candidate for President, Louie Bruno, and his campaign manager Lucky answer our viewer mail.moreless
    • Canada Night
      Canada Night
      Episode 5
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      Canada Night: TV Nation's special salute to our neighbors to the north. Throughout the night we smuggle illegal Canadians across the border, try to give free guns to Canadians, and attempt to find out how much Americans know about Canada. As a highlight, host Michael Moore sings the Canadian National Anthem at a Toronto Blue Jays/Detroit Tigers game.
      DC Perks: The Contract with America states that Congress must abide by all the laws that the citizens of the United States do. As it turns out, Congress still plays and lives by a different set of rules. TV Nation travels to Washington, D.C. to enforce the Contract With America by showing up and asking for the same treatment members of Congress receive. We attempt to park our car in the free "Members Only" spaces at National Airport, get free medical care at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and get a relaxing facial from a congressional cosmetologist.
      Nugent: TV Nation visits the newest board member of the National Rifle Association, rock and roll legend Ted Nugent. Ted gives us a tour of his Michigan farm and expounds on various issues from assault weapons to Janet Reno and confirms his newfound status as the "Rock and Roll Rush Limbaugh."
      Crackers Tour -- St. Louis: Crackers the Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken Tour continues as seven-foot Crackers visits Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and other cities in the Midwest. In St. Louis Crackers visits the largest battery lead producer in the United States, Doe Run, Inc. Citizens in the neighborhoods surrounding Doe Run believe that their children have been poisoned by the lead emitted from the factory. Crackers conducts a number of lead level tests and takes his results to the state environmental office.
      Falklands: It's been 12 years since Argentina failed in its attempt to win back the Falkland Islands from the British by force. Recently the British government has declared that they will leave the Falklands if that is the wish of the islanders. Seizing this golden opportunity to reclaim their land, the Argentinian government has promised to give each and every citizen of the Falklands $1,000,000 if they will vote to become part of Argentina and give up their British citizenship. When TV Nation pays a visit to the Falklands we don't find many takers. So we travel to Great Britain to see if there is a town there willing to accept the Argentinian offer. We find that in economically ravaged Wales, the offer does not look so bad.moreless
    • Love Night
      Love Night
      Episode 4
      This Episode's Segments:
      Most Wanted: Brian Anthony Harris is an African-American man living in Washington, D.C. To date, he has been picked up, brought in, and/or arrested over 20 times because he either "looks like a criminal" or because he closely resembles the description of an actual felon-at-large. It has gotten so bad that Harris is afraid to leave his house and drive to his job as Lighting Director at BET (Black Entertainment Television). TV Nation begins a campaign in Washington complete with billboards and radio ads to inform all police agencies that "Brian Anthony Harris is not wanted."
      Love Night: Hate groups are on the rise in the United States. The more protesters try to shout them down, the more hateful they become. TV Nation believes it is time for a little tenderness and throughout "Love Night" attempts to love those who hate. We send a mariachi band to a Klan rally in Georgia. We send a chorus line to kick up some love at the Aryan World Congress. A gay men's choir serenades Senator Jesse Helms outside his bedroom window. And pro choice women bring flowers and create a garden at Operation Rescue headquarters.
      Aquarium: Places like Camden, New Jersey, Long Beach, California, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, struggling to get by, have turned to big fish tanks to boost tourism and hopefully save their inner cities. Like Autoworld in Flint, Michigan, these tourist aquariums have failed to turn their communities around. What were the town leaders thinking when they devised these "fishy" plans for economic recovery? TV Nation investigates.
      Militia: Since the Oklahoma City bombing much attention has been paid to the Michigan Militia, an armed group of disgruntled citizens who Timothy McVeigh and the Nichols brothers consorted with in 1993. TV Nation spends a day with the Militia and attempts to get them to put down their guns, take off the camouflage, and to encourage them to participate in the democratic process. Instead of running around in the woods with guns, Commander Norm Olsen bakes a cake, recites poetry by the lake, and pounds back a root beer at the local outdoor soda shop. TV Nation then joins the Militia members at a local carnival where they ride the Ferris Wheel and the Tilt-A-Whirl and sing "If I Had a Hammer" and "Kumbaya."
      KGB2: TV Nation's resident KGB agent, Yuri Shvets, is sent to check out TV Nation's competition: Unsolved Mysteries, Family Matters, and Diagnosis: Murder> to find out what they are doing to win in the ratings.moreless
    • War Night
      War Night
      Episode 3
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      War Reenactment Night: TV Nation joins the guys who dress up on weekends and reenact Civil War battles. Only this time, we have them reenact more recent battles in full Civil War regalia-the fall of Saigon, the Battle of Hiroshima, the battle between Tom Arnold and Roseanne and the battle everyone wanted to see-the one that occurred when Elizabeth Hurley picked up Hugh Grant from London's Heathrow Airport.
      Helltown: The Southern Baptist Church has published a map in Alabama showing which counties have the most residents who are "unsaved" and therefore doomed to the fires of hell. TV Nation travels to the county with the most "lost" souls and attempts to save them from eternal damnation.
      Crackers -- Philly: Crackers the Corporate Crime-Fighting Chicken heads to Philadelphia in search of corporate wrongdoing. Hundreds of TV Nation fans how up to give him tips, one of which particularly ruffles Crackers' feathers: Philadelphia banks charge up to $30 for bounced check fees even if you are not responsible for bouncing the check. Crackers investigates the tip and takes action.
      Electronic Sniffer: Just when you thought machines had replaced everyone-now comes the electronic nose. Around the world thousands of people are employed by companies to test the smell of new products, whether peasant or not. These employees sniff the interiors of new cars, luggage and clothing. They also smell the effects of deodorant, air freshener, and other products designed to cover up bad odors. But recently two companies in Great Britain developed an electronic nose that can do the same job. TV Nation visits these companies and the employees who will be displaced and challenges the electronic and human sniffers to go "nose-to-nose."
      Cobb: Cobb County, Georgia is the home of the "Republican Revolution" of 1994, the home district of House Speaker Newt Gingrich whose political agenda calls for cutting fraud, federal spending, and getting big government "off our backs." TV Nation travels to Cobb and discovers Newt's district is the 3rd largest receiver of federal funds. Therefore, we try to get the government off Cobb's back by closing its federally-funded highway, their federally-funded schools, their federally-funded sewage system, and their federally-funded senior center. TV Nation meets the man himself, Newt Gingrich, at the 4th of July parade and encourages his leadership in helping Cobb relieve itself of the burden of federal funds.
      School of Americas: The United States has established a school in Georgia to train Latin American soldiers in the art of "population control." It's called School of the Americas. A number of Latin American "strongmen" (Manuel Noriega, for example) have received their education compliments of the American taxpayer.
      Widgery: Did you ever wonder if the polls that appear on TV Nation are real? Many viewers do. So we introduce our viewers to Widgery and Associates, the legitimate polling firm that polls for TV Nation.moreless
    • Payback Night
      Payback Night
      Episode 2
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      Payback Night: Throughout the show, TV Nation asks people on the street to name some things that really get on their nerves. Car alarms that go off at 6 a.m.? No problem, TV Nation visits the CEO of a major car alarm company and sets off 10 car alarms at 6 a.m. Other paybacks include blasting Muzak outside the home of the head of Muzak and lifting and dropping a garbage dumpster outside the home of a garbage company owner.
      KGB Yuri: After running a fied ad in a local Russian newspaper in New York and screening dozens of qualified applicants, TV Nation hires Yuri Shvets as its very own KGB spy. Yuri's first mission is to reassure us that President Nixon is indeed dead despite reports of Nixon's friends' surprise and disbelief at his passing.
      NEA: Many members of Congress want to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and let private enterprise pay for our artists and museums. TV Nation says, "Hey, not a bad idea!" and visits on a tour of those museums that currently thrive without a single penny from the NEA-the Kentucky Fried Chicken Museum, the Tobacco Art and History Museum, and the Sacred Arts Museum, where the tour guide looks like Jesus.
      A-Bomb: TV Nation visits an Idaho man who bought 750 tons of scrap metal at a government auction. To his surprise, when he got the scrap metal home it turned out to be makings of an atomic bomb factory.
      Jerusalem Syndrome: Each year millions of tourists visit the Holy Land. Occasionally, a few of them get off the tour bus and believe they are Jesus. Doctors in Jerusalem have named this phenomenon the "Jerusalem Syndrome." TV Nation walks the path of the prophets to investigate.
      Johns of Justice: There is always a long line snaking out of women's restrooms at theaters, concerts, sporting events, and even some workplaces. Can't we, by now, figure this out? Surely it's not because most of the builders, architects, and plumbers are men is it? TV Nation takes a flatbed truck, puts a half-dozen port-o-johns on it and takes the "Johns of Justice" to some of the worst offenders.moreless
    • We're #1
      We're #1
      Episode 1
      This Episode's Segments:
      Bruno for President: With such easy qualifications for becoming President-a candidate must be a 35-year old native-born citizen-why do we always have so few choices? TV Nation runs its own candidate, convicted felon Louie Bruno, to take part in the democratic process.
      We're #1: TV Nation visits various cities in America in celebration of their status as #1 in various fields such as Playboy subscriptions and carjacking.
      Greenwich: TV Nation invades the public beaches of Greenwich, Connecticut which are not all that public. The beach is restricted to Greenwich residents only. So TV Nation brings a bus load of New Yorkers to enjoy the beach. When the bus is turned away, TV Nation's bus load of New Yorkers turn to the sea...and swim to the beach.
      Crime Scene Cleanup: TV Nation meets the Barnes' a couple who started a business to cash in on the rise in violent crimes by cleaning up crime scenes. After the bodies are cleared and the police have gone, the Barnes' move in, do their business, and collect a hefty profit.
      Slaves: We all know slavery ended in the 1860's, right? Wrong. Mississippi has just gotten around to ending slavery. TV Nation rushes to Mississippi to acquire some slaves before the new law takes effect.
      Crackers: TV Nation introduces Crackers the Corporate Crime Fighting Chicken, a seven foot chicken that takes tips and takes action against corporate criminals across the country. In this segment, Crackers talks to New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani about tax breaks given to a company called First Boston to stay in New York. But the company left anyway. Crackers and TV Nation say "That's a corporate crime!moreless
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