67 years of hidden cameras, since the debut of 'Candid Camera'
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"Candid Camera," 1948
The show began as "Candid Microphone," an 1947 radio show that came to ABC in August 1948. It became "Candid Camera" when it moved to NBC a year later, and changed television. Allen Funt's show even occasionally pranked celebrities, a model that would be later used most famously by MTV's "Punk'd."
It's remarkable how well these early episodes hold up; though they're representative of their time, from the black and white footage to dated social conventions, there's something universal and timeless about the pranks and the reactions.