"The Jerry Springer," show was by no means still as huge an element of our cultural discourse as back 10 or 20 years ago when it was getting all the headlines, pop-culture references, and otherwise dominating the airwaves. The show was hated by many, considered tasteless trash with its focus on weird family drama, sexual fetishes, fights, and sometimes all three of those elements combining in odd ways. I remember when I was barely older than 10 years old in 1998 my parents forbidding me to watch it--so I of course did whenever I was able. I found, "Springer," to be a weird and fascinating show. A peek into a side of America lots of people maybe didn't realize existed, or maybe wanted to pretend didn't exist. An America of weird love triangles, sexual domination, gender fluidity, and people who were so desperate to either get on television or just be listened to by someone, anyone, they were willing to go on National T.V. to air their dirty laundry about how they were cheating on their spouse with their husband/wife's twin (which was actually one of the tamer subjects the show could have).
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"The Jerry Springer Show," was by no means a production with lofty-goals or a high-minded concept once it started leaning into being trashy. It was a program looking for scandal and outrage, which at the height of its popularity it had a ton of for sure. Still, in a weird way it helped put a microscope on elements of society that at the time maybe weren't getting much attention or discussion (remember, the internet wasn't as huge in the 1990's so watching a show about transgender dating or BDSM was the opposite of easy), but thanks to being broadcast on T.V. helped spread some awareness of how there are people out there with kinks, startling secrets, and America has a lot of interesting folk hidden away who could very well be your neighbor too.
|Springer had a humorous cameo in, "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me."|
"The Jerry Springer Show," will live-on in reruns for some time, but nothing new is going to be recorded and eventually it will quit being broadcast. When that occurs all we will have are our memories and the old, "Too Hot for T.V.," VHS tapes from back in the day. I for one will miss the show, in all its dysfunctional and disturbing glory.