July 31, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Pants-Off Dance-Off

TV Show
Current Status
In Season
Jodie Sweetin
Dancing, Comedy
We gave it a B

On Fuse’s happily bizarre Pants-Off Dance-Off, contestants — college students, little people, women who claim to be mermaids — enter a room and strip-dance to a music video for ”cash prizes.” As they groove (or pass their shirt between their legs like a basketball), they chat to the camera. One sexagenarian discusses his chickens before tossing off his beret; young Bernard proclaims unironically that nudity is okay ”as long as it’s done in the right place and right setting.” (The final revelation of pixelated naughty bits is saved for the show’s website.) Now in reruns — Full House‘s Jodie Sweetin hosts a best-of — Pants-Off works because it’s not cruel: The VJ’s comments may veer into snarky, but they’re never mean. It almost wouldn’t matter if they were, as these people shucking down on national TV seem entirely blissful — unmockably so.

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