I'm new here so forgive me if this is an old topic.
The "something goes wrong" show type. The oldest I can think of offhand, and it seems among the best executed, is Mission to Mars. You're traveling through space and then something goes wrong, and you have to land back on earth. Pretty exciting, or at least it made a somewhat mundane ride interesting.
But you'll notice the concept has been used a lot if you're paying attention. You're on Star Tours and where are the brakes? Something goes wrong. Cool because it's Star Wars but now that something has been going wrong for a little over twenty years...
The others I can think of: Honey, I Shrunk the Audience and more recently Muppet Vision 3D and It's Tough to Be a Bug. There's probably 5 more I'm not thinking of.
Is it just me?