Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Candid Camera collided head-on with Scream in this prankish reality series from cable's Sci-Fi Channel. On each episode, the producers endeavored to frighten the participants out of their wits via a series of "endurance tests," ranging from being locked in a coffin to wandering unprotected around an allegedly radioactive warehouse. The scare-ees had been selected for this ordeal by their friends and family members, and the titular scare tactics were lovingly recorded by a battery of hidden cameras. Not surprisingly, this sort of program was a lawsuit waiting to happen -- and indeed, at least one person who didn't think it was funny to to scared silly sued the producers before the show even aired. Created by Scott Hallock and Kevin Healey, and hosted by the redoubtable Shannen Doherty, Scare Tactics debuted April 4, 2003.