Ridiculousness
Genre
Created by
Directed by
Presented by
Theme music composerMark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons41
No. of episodes1,428 (including 2 specials from season 17) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Christian Duguay
  • Jeff Tremaine
  • Kristina Edwards
  • Lauren Dolgen
  • Michelle Klepper
  • Rob Dyrdek
  • Sara Cohen
  • Shane Nickerson
  • Matt Harris
Running time22 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkMTV
ReleaseAugust 29, 2011 (2011-08-29) –
present
Related

Ridiculousness is an American comedy clip show that began airing on August 29, 2011, on MTV. It is hosted by Rob Dyrdek and co-hosted by Sterling "Steelo" Brim, and formerly Chanel West Coast. Ridiculousness strictly showcases various viral videos from the Internet, usually involving failed do-it-yourself attempts at stunts, to which Dyrdek and his panelists add mockery and reaction. The producers of the series and MTV refuse any submitted videos for the show for the safety of their viewers (as mentioned in disclaimers at the beginning and end of each episode), instead licensing already-existing content.

Production

On September 11, 2012, Ridiculousness was renewed for a twenty-episode third season.[1][2] It premiered on February 14, 2013,[3][clarification needed] and included a crossover with Jersey Shore when Pauly D guest-starred. The season took a hiatus from April 2013 to July 18, 2013.[4] Season 3 averaged a 1.6 P12-34 rating and is the No.1 original cable series in its time slot with P12-34.[5]

The series is produced by Superjacket Productions, Rob Dyrdek's production company, under a multi-year deal with MTV.[6]

The theme song, a cover of Devo's "Uncontrollable Urge", was done along with Devo member Mark Mothersbaugh, with Dyrdek providing the "yeah"s. Music supervisor Ben Hochstein said that "Kids think the song is original to our show and have never heard of Devo, but hopefully, their parents appreciate the connection."[7][8]

Due to the series being consistently[9] marathoned[10] on MTV[11][12] and MTV2, beginning in October 2015, some episodes of Ridiculousness were repackaged with lower-cost production music. The new music was under blanket licenses overlaying the former tracks. The former tracks would have required MTV to pay music licensing fees to artists.

Episodes

Main articles: List of Ridiculousness episodes (seasons 1–20) and List of Ridiculousness episodes (season 21–present)

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
116August 29, 2011 (2011-08-29)December 19, 2011 (2011-12-19)
220April 30, 2012 (2012-04-30)November 5, 2012 (2012-11-05)
320February 14, 2013 (2013-02-14)September 19, 2013 (2013-09-19)
421January 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)April 3, 2014 (2014-04-03)
518July 10, 2014 (2014-07-10)October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)
632January 1, 2015 (2015-01-01)June 25, 2015 (2015-06-25)
730October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08)June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
830July 7, 2016 (2016-07-07)September 27, 2016 (2016-09-27)
930January 20, 2017 (2017-01-20)June 22, 2017 (2017-06-22)
1030September 1, 2017 (2017-09-01)January 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
1141August 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)October 12, 2018 (2018-10-12)
1243October 19, 2018 (2018-10-19)February 13, 2019 (2019-02-13)
1341February 17, 2019 (2019-02-17)May 10, 2019 (2019-05-10)
1442May 17, 2019 (2019-05-17)September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06)
1539September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07)December 29, 2019 (2019-12-29)
1639January 6, 2020 (2020-01-06)March 11, 2020 (2020-03-11)
1741April 20, 2020 (2020-04-20)September 14, 2020 (2020-09-14)
1843September 15, 2020 (2020-09-15)November 19, 2020 (2020-11-19)
1942November 30, 2020 (2020-11-30)January 28, 2021 (2021-01-28)
2042February 8, 2021 (2021-02-08)April 18, 2021 (2021-04-18)
2142April 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)July 18, 2021 (2021-07-18)
2242July 30, 2021 (2021-07-30)October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01)
2358October 8, 2021 (2021-10-08)January 7, 2022 (2022-01-07)
2428January 14, 2022 (2022-01-14)March 11, 2022 (2022-03-11)
2542March 18, 2022 (2022-03-18)May 18, 2022 (2022-05-18)
2639May 20, 2022 (2022-05-20)June 22, 2022 (2022-06-22)
2731June 22, 2022 (2022-06-22)August 10, 2022 (2022-08-10)
2837August 12, 2022 (2022-08-12)October 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)
2958October 7, 2022 (2022-10-07)January 16, 2023 (2023-01-16)
3043January 16, 2023 (2023-01-16)March 29, 2023 (2023-03-29)
318April 3, 2023 (2023-04-03)April 12, 2023 (2023-04-12)
3222April 17, 2023 (2023-04-17)May 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)
3385May 8, 2023 (2023-05-08)July 7, 2023 (2023-07-07)
3424July 7, 2023 (2023-07-07)July 24, 2023 (2023-07-24)
3568July 28, 2023 (2023-07-28)September 25, 2023 (2023-09-25)
3631September 25, 2023 (2023-09-25)October 30, 2023 (2023-10-30)
3733November 3, 2023 (2023-11-03)December 22, 2023 (2023-12-22)
3851December 22, 2023 (2023-12-22)April 14, 2024 (2024-04-14)
394April 14, 2024 (2024-04-14)April 21, 2024 (2024-04-21)
4020April 21, 2024 (2024-04-21)May 26, 2024 (2024-05-26)
4112June 2, 2024 (2024-06-02)June 16, 2024 (2024-06-16)
42TBAJune 23, 2024 (2024-06-23)TBA

Reception

In 2016, a New York Times study of the 50 TV shows with the most Facebook Likes found that Ridiculousness "is most popular in rural Alaska, New Mexico and Montana, and least popular in Washington D.C., Atlanta and San Francisco".[13]

Scheduling

See also: Channel drift

By 2020, many journalists and media commentators noted that the series frequently occupied a great majority of MTV's programming lineup.[14][15] In September 2020, John Gonzalez of The Ringer observed that the network often schedules marathon repeats of Ridiculousness that span multiple days, including one 36-hour period in August 2020 when MTV broadcast nothing else except episodes of the show. He speculated the show's success could be attributed to its "lowbrow content" and "familiar and formulaic" structure.[16]

That same year, Michael Schneider and Kate Aurthur of Variety reported that reruns of Ridiculousness were broadcast for 113 of 168 total hours (67.3%) during one week in June 2020. They attributed its ubiquity to media companies, such as ViacomCBS, prioritizing streaming content at the expense of their linear television networks. In response, MTV released a statement saying that the television network was "just a single sliver" of their overall operations, and that an array programming was being developed for other mediums, and Tanya Giles, a ViacomCBS executive, said that the show was prioritized on the schedule as "escapist" entertainment with wide appeal for viewers at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.[17] Contrary to that statement, as of May 2022, its repeats continue to make up a majority of the network's weekly schedule, with an unofficial Twitter account compiling the network's schedule showing the extent of MTV's dependence on the series to fill its broadcast week.[18]

In November 2020, Adam Buckman of MediaPost also wrote about the show's prominence on MTV, and reached similar conclusions to its cause as Schneider and Aurthur. Buckman called it "an abuse of the end-user that today's low-rent cable TV channels presumably wish to reach -- i.e., cable subscribers at home who pay steep fees every month for dozens of name-brand cable channels that seem to have abandoned the idea of developing and producing original, attractive content worth paying for."[19]

Spin-offs

Amazingness

Main article: Amazingness

MTV premiered Amazingness on December 8, 2017 and ended on January 19, 2018. Presented by Rob Dyrdek, every episode features six contestants showcasing their unique talents. After each performance, the judges decide who moves on and who is eliminated. The last performer standing is awarded $10,000.[20]

Deliciousness

Main article: Deliciousness (TV series)

MTV greenlit Deliciousness on November 23, 2020 and the series later premiered on December 14, 2020, the series is hosted by Tiffani Thiessen, focusing on food blunders to restaurant fails to kids in the kitchen and more.[21]

Adorableness

Main article: Adorableness (TV series)

On June 21, 2021, MTV greenlit Adorableness, hosted by James Davis, which premiered on July 19, 2021.[22]

Messyness

Main article: Messyness

On June 4, 2021, MTV greenlit, Messyness, hosted by Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, with Tori Spelling, Adam Rippon and Teddy Ray. The series premiered on August 23, 2021.[23]

International versions

Country Channel Title Year Reference Hosted by
Chile Canal 13 Ridículos Chile 2015– [24] Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado
France MTV France Ridiculous Made In France 2016– [25] Jean-Baptiste Goupil
Spain MTV Spain Vergüenza Ajena: Made in Spain [26] Luiz Fernández
Brazil MTV (Brazil) Ridículos MTV [27] Felipe Titto
South Africa MTV(Simulcasts on MTV Base Africa) Ridiculousness África [28] Thomas Gumede
Mexico MTV (Latin America) Ridículos MTV [29] Fred Lammie
Sweden MTV Sweden Ridiculousness Sverige [30] Unknown
Poland MTV Poland Niemożliwe Made In Poland [31] Wojciech Łozowski
Tomaza Torrez
Paula Tumala (series 1)
Katarzyna Pytel (series 2-)
Netherlands
Belgium
MTV Netherlands Dutch Ridiculousness [32] Edson da Graça
Italy MTV (Italy) Ridiculousness Italia 2016–2017 [33] Stefano Corti
Denmark MTV Denmark Ridiculousness Danmark 2017– [34] Unknown
Middle East Comedy Central Arabia Ridiculousness Arabia 2017 Mohanad AlHattab

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