Prime Time Pets
Cross America’s Funniest Home Videos with David Letterman’s ”Stupid Pet Tricks” and you have Prime Time Pets. Folks from all over the country have sent in videotapes of their pets doing amusing tricks — a dog shooting pool, a cat playing Ping-Pong, a parrot riding a toy race car. I found the pet raccoon picking his master’s pocket as the man lies on the floor an exceptionally odd, vaguely creepy little scene; the 5-year-old in our house found it the funniest segment.
I found the show drippy and tedious, a C-. But the 5-year-old (who is, after all, one of the show’s prime-time targets) gave it an A. We averaged out the grades: B