67 years of hidden cameras, since the debut of 'Candid Camera'
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"What Would You Do?", ABC, 2009
This ABC News hidden camera series is perhaps the most self-important hidden camera show ever. It has actors in public places treat each other badly in order to see if people will intervene to defend others. The scenarios tend to address issues of social consciousness, from race to sexual orientation, and often features its actor participants judging or discriminating against other actors.
The intent and the message may be positive, but it sometimes comes across as a lecture. And since the scenarios are all fake, with actors and scripts, it loses some of its credibility; it's hard to believe some of these things would happen in real life because they're so over-the-top. Still, at its best, it captures unsuspecting people doing the right thing, and can be feel-good TV.