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Primetime: What Would You Do?

Primetime: What Would You Do?

  • Premiered: 
    February 26, 2008
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? uses hidden cameras and actors to see how people react when put in provocative situations. The program takes real-life situations, some of them straight from the headlines, and records the everyday dilemmas that test character and values. Will people be compelled to act or just mind their own business? ABC debuted a new season of this series on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, with an episode that features these scenarios: a rude street musician who makes his living insulting people; a clearly intoxicated couple and their young child are sitting at a marina bar, drinking and carrying on, when they head back to their boat; a transgender girl trying on dresses to wear to her prom; and a woman in a wedding dress who runs into a bar, sits down at a stool and orders some hard liquor, while explaining she is having cold feet. On Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, ABC premiered a new season of WHAT WOULD YOU DO? The season opener features these scenarios: Online Predator; Race Appropriate Toys; Inappropriate Mom; Invasion of Privacy; and Bowling Shoe Swap. WHAT WOULD YOU DO? returned for a new season on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC. A new season of WHAT WOULD YOU DO? premiered on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with John Quinones returning. The new season continues May 24 and then Fridays at 9pm beginning June 15.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO? returned for a new season on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC, with John Quinones hosting once again. In the season debut, celebrity guest Nyle DiMarco, DANCING WITH THE STARS and AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL winner, goes behidn the scenes for a story on deaf discrimination and a scenario inspired by the news story in which a Georgia woman called the police on a black man babysitting two white children. Scenarios in the season opener include:

- A deaf person is discriminated against while trying to order food in a restaurant. Will other diners stand up to the bully? DiMarco joins behind the scenes to watch the action. He reflects on the scenario which resembles his own experiences living as a deaf man.

- A white woman suspiciously questions and threatens to call the police on a black man who is babysitting two white children in Biloxi, Mississippi. How will bystanders react?

- A mother is at lunch with her hungry children near the border of Louisiana and Mississippi, the two states with the highest percentage of people living below the poverty line, where the level of food insecurity is staggering. The mother can only afford to split one meal between the three of them. Will other diners come to her aid?

- A supermarket bagger lacks basic grocery-packing skills. How will shoppers react when their bread is squished, chips are sampled and eggs are stacked below canned goods?


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC News