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Blooper Reels


Among the many pop-culture trends we can thank, or blame, Star Trek for: The popularity of bloopers. It was the fashion in Hollywood at the Christmas parties of various television shows to run a reel of cast members flubbing dialogue and cursing and giggling. The first time such blooper reels became public was at “Star Trek” conventions in the early 1970s, and those Trekkie crack-ups crossed over into the television coverage of this new fanboy phenomenon. Together with the release of a record called “Kermit Schaefer’s Famous Bleeps, Bloopers and Blunders,” which was one of the first records marketed through a television commercial, Trek created the entire genre of blooper shows, gaffe highlights at the end of Burt Reynolds and Adam Sandler movies, and even the parodies of bloopers like the brilliant Osama blooper bit from “Family Guy” (alas, no longer available through YouTube).


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