Created and produced by Allen Funt, Candid Microphone first appeared
on the ABC radio network using hidden microphones. The format, though
embarrassing to many of his prey, proved highly popular. After a series
of theatrical film shorts, also titled Candid Microphone, Funt’s concept
moved to ABC television on August 10, 1948 when Candid Camera hit
the air as a long-running TV series..
Allen Funt was considered a student of human nature
rather than a practical joker