24. Dateline: To Catch a Predator (NBC)
NBC stumbled on comedic gold with what was ostensibly intended to be a noble hidden-camera show exposing (or entrapping?) unsuspecting pedophiles. Sounds pretty serious, until you actually watch host Chris "Schadenfreude" Hansen swoop in to ambush these pathetic pervs. Who knew that child molesters are so fucking entertaining? Wait, don't answer that...just take a seat right there.
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Not so funny: Both NBC and vigilante group Perverted Justice caught heat in Nov. 2006 after Louis Conradt, a Texas district attorney, committed suicide in the middle of a Dateline sting. (This Esquire feature on the incident is a must-read.) Conradt's sister later sued NBC for $105 million; the suit was "amicably resolved" out of court.