When you think back on the most compelling TV of the last 20 years, you will think of HBO’s mob drama The Sopranos or the mean-streets grittiness of The Wire. In the future, you will think of a group of crazy people dressed in lycra climbing a slippery staircase.
A Truly Japanese Game Show
Japanese people, for some reason, have always enjoyed TV programming that is somewhat bizarre compared to the rest of the world.
Their most famous game show, for a long time, was Endurance, in which university kids were regularly humiliated and forced to perform insane stunts.
Now, it’s Slippery Stairs.
How Does It Work?
American game shows generally have a bunch of different activities and contestants demonstrate their wit and skill to win.
Slippery Stairs has all of its contestants dress up in latex onesies (in bright colors) and then fall down stairs.
Doesn’t Falling Downstairs Hurt?
No, they’ve designed a special set of stairs so that contestants can tumble down them without breaking all their bones. The Japanese may have peculiar TV tastes but, so far at least, they’ve not gone so far as to hurt people for entertainment.
Why Is Slippery Stairs Taking The World By Storm?
Nobody has the slightest clue, but somehow Slippery Stairs has become an overnight viral sensation. Its episodes are being shared on social media in every country on earth and people are falling in love with the show.
What Are They Saying About It?
@DannyDutch on Twitter says, “This Japanese game show (Slippery Stairs) deserves a TV award for Best Drama.”
@StephenFy, no less, says, “Finally a game show that really is a perfect metaphor for real life.”
@Juanbuis says, “Can someone explain why Japanese game show “Slippery Stairs” hasn’t made its way to our part of the world yet?”
You don’t have to take our (or their) word for it though, check out Slippery Stairs yourself in this video.
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