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The Briefcase (2015) - Most bizarre TV flops in historyThe Briefcase (2015)


Disturbingly close to an episode of The Twilight Zone, The Briefcase gave two lower-class families a briefcase filled with over $100,000 and forced them to decide, after hearing sob stories from the other side, if they were going to keep the money or give it away—all without knowing that the other family was in the same position. Producers wanted to frame this as uplifting television, but this poverty porn was little more than exploitation of vulnerable people. Every family gave away some portion of their cash, but after six episodes, the gut-wrenching series was cancelled.

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