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Dictionary Definition

oblivious adj
1 (followed by `to' or `of') lacking conscious awareness of; "oblivious of the mounting pressures for political reform"; "oblivious to the risks she ran"; "not unmindful of the heavy responsibility" [syn: oblivious(p), unmindful(p)]
2 failing to keep in mind; "forgetful of her responsibilities"; "oblivious old age" [syn: forgetful]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Lacking awareness; unmindful.
    Note: this usage is followed by either "of" or "to" with no difference in meaning
  2. Failing to remember; forgetful.

Related terms


failing to remember

Extensive Definition

Oblivious was a comedy game show that aired within the United States of America on TNN/Spike TV off and on between 2002 and 2004.
It was also aired on Challenge in the UK and Ireland and still airs (repeat episodes) on The Comedy Channel in Australia and Real TV in South Korea. It no longer airs on Spike TV. Comedian Regan Burns served as host.
A DVD was later released having the full two seasons of the show.


Host Burns would take a camera crew with him and ask unsuspecting people trivia questions, while playing some sort of role. The person being asked the questions didn't know they were on TV until after Burns finished asking the questions, but usually he would do one final bit in his role before revealing the truth. For every question the contestant got correct, they received $20 in cash. Five questions usually were asked per person, for a possible $100.
At the start of the show, and before and after commercial breaks, Burns would walk up next to someone on the street and ask a single question for $20, before saying "We'll be right back" or similar words. On some occasions, this money was refused.
Once per episode, there was a speed round, where contestants could get $20 for every question they answered correctly within one minute. At the end, contestants got a chance at a $100 bonus question, with that amount in cash given to them if they got it right.
Once per episode, Burns would give the unsuspecting contestant a chance at up to $500 more (this was called the Lighting Round), if s/he would take on the role of quizmaster. He would walk them through it using a hidden camera and a headset microphone out of view, and for every question that the next contestant got right, the first player got $100. (The other player got $20 per correct answer regardless.)
Sometimes other actors pretend to win money with the contestant.


These are some of the disguises played by the host:
  • Florist
  • Janitor
  • Artist
  • Tennis Instructor
  • Video store worker
  • Camera store worker
  • Travel agent
  • Hollywood agent
  • Clown
  • Gas station attendant
  • Spanish person that sung songs at Taco Bell
  • A man getting married at Taco Bell.
  • Bartender
  • Hospital patient

Theme song

The theme song in the beginning of the show was the following sentences, while music played:
  • You might think I'm actin' funny (Whoa!)
  • Might not take me serious (How many breasts does a chicken have?)
  • You won't know you're winning money ($400!)
  • 'Cause you are oblivious! (You're oblivious! What are those? Whew, headlights.)
  • Watch out for Oblivious. (Time's up!)

See also


  • There is no actual audience in the show, although a laugh track was used.
  • Oblivious had a tag line: "the game show you don't even know you're on."
  • Canadian viewers of Spike TV see Oblivious because of alternate programming. The American viewers get to see other programs such as World's Wildest Police Videos. Most often, the substituted show is V.I.P., or Oblivious for the Canadian viewers.
  • When games took place at a Taco Bell, if a contestant gave a correct answer, the "BONG!" sound from Taco Bell's commercials was used instead of the generic Stone-Stanley bell.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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