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TV Critic’s Corner

Reality TV: the name game

“Humongous Moves’’
Smithsonian Channel
“Humongous Moves’’

It all started the first time I heard the title “Pawn Stars.” From that moment on, I’ve wanted to be a namer of reality TV shows, in the same way I’ve always wanted to be a namer of paint and nail-polish colors. Those reality folks come up with some wonderfully awful titles, shamelessly employing twisted bon mots and double entendres from hell. Here are a few prize winners.

Shakiest Pun

“Walk the Prank” on Disney XD

Most Likely to Double as a Line in “Wizard of Oz”

“Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” on Food Network

Most Likely to Be Confused With a 1980s Hit Single

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“Expedition Unknown” on the Travel Channel

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“Fear Thy Neighbor” on ID

Most Unintentionally Violent

“Beat Bobby Flay” on the Food Network

Most Likely to Be Misunderstood

“Unprotected” on Oxygen, about a former crime family

Best Internal Rhyme

A Tie: “Help My Yelp” on the Food Channel and “Cosplay Melee” on Syfy

Most Appealing to Jam Band-a-holics

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“Booze Traveler” on the Travel Channel

Best Unintentional Double Entendre

“Naked and Afraid Pop-Up Edition” on Discovery

Biggest Boston Panderer

“Wicked Tuna” on National Geographic

Size Queenliest

A Tie: “Ginormous Food” on the Food Network and “Humongous Moves” on the Smithsonian Channel

Matthew Gilbert can be reached at gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.