I have, on VHS, a few episodes of the japanese game show of sorts called Za Gaman (Endurance). Some of you may be familiar with it, some may not. But its highly entertaining.
The world's most extreme game show is Japan's Za Gaman (Endurance), created in 1984 as a prime time series on the Fuji Network. Contestants are forced to endure different types of mental and physical torture, such as standing on their heads with hot coals on their feet, or hanging between swinging cactii above a tank full of snakes. The winners are those who can endure pain the longest. Endurance was less of a game show and more of a pain show. While the half-naked contestants competed to withstand endure pain, agony, and sometimes Arctic temperatures the show's producers were basking in the glow of appreciation from audiences hooked on agony. It ran until 1992, but it's still the most extreme game show the world has ever seen. FIVE FREAKY THINGS ENDURANCE CONTESTANTS HAD TO DO 1. Hang on a cactus above a pit of snakes. 2. Enter an ape enclosure covered in bananas. 3. Cross a bridge of rolling logs over alligators. 4. Sit naked in the icy cold, drinking beer – the last one to go to the bathroom was the winner. 5. Do a headstand in the hot sun while leaning against a sweltering piece of metal.
There's also this brilliant piece of "reality" television... http://www3.tky.3web.ne.jp/~edjacob/nasubi.html