Why America's Funniest Home Videos Lives On

Rather than kill the ’90s-era video show, YouTube may be helping
AFV’s most popular video starred laughing quadruplets—and earned them $385,000 Courtesy YouTube

For years after 1989, when the first episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos, aka AFV, aired in prime time on ABC, creator Vin Di Bona trained millions of amateur videographers to mail him their best material. Thanks in part to the ceaseless influx of submissions, AFV grew into a major entertainment franchise, and Di Bona became gatekeeper of the nation’s backyard bloopers, silly pet videos, and funny clips of octogenarians losing their dentures.

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