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Silent Library

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Game show contestants silently endure humiliation and pain.

TV MTV Game Shows 2009
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Best game show since Jeapordy.

I think this is one of the best game shows around.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (14 ):

Set in a faux library set, Silent Library is an exercise in the bizarre. The challenges aren't particularly difficult; instead they range from the downright silly to the degrading and painful. In one task, for example, a man must attach a woman's breast pump to his own nipples. In another, to the contestant's immense surprise, a dwarf wearing boxing gloves jumps out of a box and delivers a punch to the stomach. Participants are kicked on the rear end, endure electric shocks, and must hang on to a rotating spit while being basted in barbecue sauce. All the while, a stern librarian and a few nonplussed patrons look on, unamused.

Host Kazama is even less amused. The man never cracks a smile, acting as if he's in pain watching the contestants endure the various unpleasantries, which adds to the strange mood of this strange show. "Your pain is giving me pleasure," he tells one participant after a particularly embarrassing task. Viewers may be able to relate -- though this show isn't exactly entertaining, it's just too weird to write off as a total waste of time.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: June 15, 2009
  • Cast: Zero Kazama
  • Network: MTV
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: July 2, 2022

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