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8 popular TV shows of the 1990s that could be accused of extremism or immorality today
8 popular TV shows of the 1990s that could be accused of extremism or immorality today

In the 1990s, some incredible freedom reigned on TV screens. The viewers, who had not been particularly spoiled before by the variety of television programs, did not cease to be amazed at the new TV programs and, out of habit, continued to believe everything that the TV presenters told about. Today, most of these programs could be accused of extremism or immorality, or even shut down altogether.

Wild field

"Wild Field"

The author's program of Alexander Nevzorov appeared on ORT from 1995 to 1999, and its genre was defined as "documentary journalism". Probably, today it is difficult to find a TV show that could shock the viewer so much. Alexander Nevzorov "Wild Field" fully strengthened his reputation as the most radical journalist. Corpses always appeared in the frame, the presenter interviewed the cannibal Ilshat Kuzikov and urged the audience not to turn away when the cannibal's “menu” was shown in full screen. No less shocking were the reports from the women's colony, stories about maniacs, murderers and rapists.

Quality mark

"Quality mark"

This program, aired on TV-6 in the late 1990s, has nothing to do with the quality of the products and the program of the same name, which is currently being broadcast on TV Center. In the “Quality Mark” of the 1990s, anyone could come to the shooting and demonstrate their creativity. The audience could watch with surprise how the next "talent" demonstrates, for example, his ability to smack people. The participants craved fame: they read not the best poems, twitched to foreign music, sang, danced and undressed. And the creators of the "Quality Mark" did not limit the so-called folk art in any way.

Feather sharks

"Pen Sharks"

One of the most scandalous TV shows aired on TV-6 from 1995 to 1998. Its permanent host was Ilya Legkostaev, now the editor-in-chief of the MK-Bulvar magazine, and the project was led by Ivan Demidov. Show business stars were offered to answer the most tricky and uncomfortable questions of journalists from different, sometimes little-known, publications. And the latter tried to create extremely non-standard situations for the talk show participants, bringing to light the unsightly facts of the biographies of the heroes, rumors and speculations about the life of celebrities.

Empire of Passion

"Empire of Passion"

The entertainment show was aired on NTV in 1997-1998, and was hosted by Nikolai Fomenko. Two participants, a man and a woman, performed different tasks, and the loser after each competition had to take off a certain number of clothing items, often even without underwear. For some reason, the girls lost more often.


Shot from the program "Sandman"

A musical program was released on the TV-6 cable at night from October 9, 1997 to February 28, led by Vladimir Epifantsev and Anfisa Chekhova. In addition to music, it featured scenes in highly erotic costumes, quoted classical works, parodied advertisements, and much more. Some musicians will later call "Sandman" a "thrash show", and critics will consider it "a slap in the face to dull television broadcasting." It really was something unimaginable, like an explosive mixture of stories about violence, sadomasochism, Satanism, music, seasoned with frank banter.


Screenshot from the Dolls program

The entertainment program of Vasiliev Grigoriev, which aired on NTV from 1994 to 2002, was very popular.The puppets playing well-known literary works were similar to Russian politicians, and the plot became a reflection of the political realities of that time. The program became a kind of "lightning rod" that made it possible to laugh at politicians at a time when the reality was not at all funny.

Program A

"Program A"

A program about alternative non-commercial music aired on TV channels The first program of CT, RTR, TV Center from 1989 to 2000 and was positioned as a program about music for the smart. It was actually fresh and relevant, however, the musicians often appeared before the audience in an impartial and sometimes simply drunk state. Nevertheless, it is impossible to overestimate the influence of “Program A” on the formation and development of rock, punk and rock and roll culture in Russia. In addition, it was in this program that live broadcasts from live concerts began to be broadcast for the first time.

Gloomy morning

Screenshot from the Gloomy Morning program

On television, Alexander Gordon's program appeared in 2001 and aired on channel 31 (now "Domashny"), then on "Silver Rain", but since 1997 it began its existence on the radio. The concept of the program was the words “Everything is very bad, or the morning is never good”. The presenter talked about what was happening in the world in his characteristic manner, and the plot contained everything except the now usual cheerfulness of the morning programs.

Television has long been an integral part of the everyday life of millions of people. Dozens and hundreds of people who are known to the whole country are broadcasting from the blue-eyed screen. It's time to remember those presenters and journalists who were real screen stars in the notorious "dashing 90s".

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