Ever wonder what a Discovery Channel take on Jackass would look like? No? Well it doesn’t matter because Discovery is pretty much giving you exactly that anyway with Never Ever Do This At Home.
Is that a bad thing? Not necessarily, just as long as you’re not expecting Masterpiece Theatre. As with Fool’s Gold, which I reviewed earlier, Never Ever Do This At Home is a great show to put on when you don’t really want to think. (Actually, I suspect many Discovery shows are like this.)
That’s not to say you won’t learn a thing or two, you will, but what you will learn would only likely serve you well in a bar bet or if you happen to be on Jeopardy!.
The show follows Norm Souza and Teddy Wilson’s quest to find new easier ways to do things at home. So, that means there’s a lot of makeshift gizmos and fire. Sometimes there are so many flames that you might see a fireman walk on camera to put out the mess the hosts started.
Many of their stunts are typical things like using a car vac, lighting a match, creating a corn dog or putting up Christmas lights, but they’re done in atypical or extreme ways. For example, they’d stick a ridiculous number of matches together, create a large surface to ignite them and attempt to set a wood chandelier on fire. The chandelier didn’t catch on fire, but some books in the room that they were in sure did.
So why are they doing all this? Who cares? It kills a half hour and you get to watch things catch on fire.
Never Ever Do This At Home is your basic no frills show. It does what it sets out to do. There’s nothing spectacular here and nothing really to screw up—it just works.
If you have a half hour to burn, you could do a lot worse than Never Ever Do This At Home.
Never Ever Do This At Home airs Monday at 9 PM on Discovery
Episode Reviewed: Season Two Episode 10