Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (I) (1999–2002)

TV Series  -   -  Game-Show
6.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 988 users  
Reviews: 25 user

Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest. They then have to answer 15 ... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 10 Aug 2011
 
a list of 27 titles
created 08 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 47 titles
created 12 Jan 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 03 Jun 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999–2002)

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999–2002) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



Unknown   4   1  
2009   2002   2001   2000   1999  
18 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hollywood Squares (1998–2004)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.

Stars: Tom Bergeron, Shadoe Stevens, Whoopi Goldberg
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A more recent version of the hit television quiz show. Starting with easy multiple-choice questions that gradually get more challenging, contestants have only their wits and three lifeline ... See full summary »

Stars: Meredith Vieira, Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews
Jeopardy! (TV Series 1984)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A quiz show with a twist: contestants are provided with the answers. But what are the right questions?

Stars: Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire
Deal or No Deal (2005–2010)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

26 sums of money, 26 suitcases and one question: Deal or no deal

Stars: Howie Mandel, Patricia Kara, Marisa Petroro
1 vs. 100 (TV Series 2006)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

One contestant competes against 100 people by answering trivia questions for a chance to win a huge cash prize.

Stars: Bob Saget, Dexter Takashi Odani, Richard Rubin
Family Feud (1976–1985)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two families compete by trying to outguess the opponents about survey results.

Stars: Richard Dawson, Gene Wood, Laurie Walters
Weakest Link (2001–2003)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In this hybrid of "Inquizition" and "Survivor," contestants test their trivial mettle as a team and against each other. After each round of play, the team votes out the most expendable ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne Robinson, John Cramer, Kira Madallo Sesay
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Based on the popular ABC television series, guests of the Disney/MGM Studios have an opportunity to get into the Hot Seat. Guests are selected by their ability to arrange 4 answers to a ... See full summary »

Stars: Kelly Holden Bashar, Olgia Campbell, Veryl Jones
Family Feud (TV Series 1999)
Comedy | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Hosted by Steve Harvey, two families battle it out by answering survey questions for a chance to win $20,000 and, after 5 wins, a new car.

Stars: Burton Richardson, John O'Hurley, Steve Harvey
The Weakest Link (TV Series 2000)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

British general knowledge quiz show which spawned imitations around the world, notably in the USA.

Stars: Anne Robinson, Jon Briggs, Adam Woodyatt
Family Feud (1988–1995)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

"Family Feud" was one of the most popular game shows on TV, but after nine years with Richard Dawson as host, ratings were starting to slip. In 1986, producers decided that the "Family Feud... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Combs, Gene Wood, Doug Davidson
Let's Make a Deal (TV Series 2009)
Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Stars: Wayne Brady, Jonathan Mangum, Tiffany Coyne
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host (21 episodes, 1999-2009)
Edit

Storyline

Contestants, selected by calling a phone number, are chosen based on their ability to arrange 4 answers to a question in the correct order the fastest. They then have to answer 15 multiple-choice questions correctly to win increasing amounts of money, the largest of which is $1,000,000. They can choose to use three "lifelines": 50/50: two incorrect answers are eliminated; Ask the audience: the studio audience votes on the correct answer; and phone a friend: they can call one of 5 pre-arranged friends who can help with the answer. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Game-Show

Certificate:

TV-G
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

16 August 1999 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

A contestant, from a rural city in Texas, named Hooks, (population is between 5,000 & 10,000) dressed in western attire & 18-gallon cowboy hat spoke & answered questions with heavy and humorous southern slang, he won $250,000 and quit at the $500,000.question. See more »

Quotes

Regis Philbin: [to every contestant] Is that your final answer?
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Dead Mary (2007) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tight Editing, Lovable Regis and Subliminal Mood Music
27 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BEING THAT TIMING is everything in Life, this quiz show series surely must have a perfect sense of it. Bowing on the ABC TV Network on Sundays (we think), it started out like the proverbial "Ball o' Fire" and quickly gained momentum. In a silent testimony to its power and unexpected success, prime-time quiz game money giveaway $how$ made quick appearances on CBS, NBC and FOX Networks all.

THE SHOW'S APPEAL and popularity were no haphazard case of dumb luck. It is obvious that careful planning and calculation went into the program's format, content and overall appearance of this production. No element was overlooked.

FIRST OF ALL, we see the framing of the appearance on the TV screens done up on a grand scale. Rather than having contestants appearing side by side with the MC/Quizmaster, the competitors are put into a sort of 'Roman Coliseum' arena of variable and sweeping beams of concentrated lighting. Much in the same manner of the Gladiatorial combatants, the challenger meets his foe (Quizmaster) face to face.

IN ADDITION TO this careful, micro-management of the lighting, we have both the obvious and subtle use of computer controlled recorded music. There is both incidental musical queues and the constant deployment of background mood manipulating instrumental and vocal soundtrack. Mood and "excitement" were very closely manipulated in this manner.

THE WORD THAT we are looking for is "Subliminal"; as the soundtrack quietly added the element of the dramatic and elevated our anticipation of excitement in this way.

EMPLOYMENT OF THE direction of the show rendered its overall running time and the highly dramatic pacing of the proceedings is done up to the maximum. Use of friendly chit-chat (interviews) with guests and timing of segments with stopwatch precision allows the padding out of the show to a full hour; where all ceremonies could probably be said and done within the confines of the 30 minute show limit.

CAPPING OFF THE totality of this late 20th & early 21st Century mega-hit was the ascent of Regis Philbin to the Throne of Ruling Potentate and overseer of all proceedings of the day. The highly durable Mr. Philbin was the perfect man for this position. Witty, energetic and always in control, he also possessed a genuine liking of the people who came to compete.

FOR SOME MONTHS after its initial show hit the airwaves, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE was number one with the public. It was the topic of discussion around the old water cooler at many a break time.

BUT THEN, AS it seems much like all other "sensations" of the small screen, the novelty wore off. But this original, prime-time series ran from 1999-2002, or a healthy and respectable three seasons.

IT WAS FOLLOWED by the syndicated half hour version that went from 2003 until the present.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The show that started it all!! JeffreyMacNeil76
Mistakes iluvnodoubt01
Audience ReismanM
Does anyone know if they're done taping for the 2006-2007 season? CincyDude226
Disappointed in the Regis return shows 8-( Tom444
Patricia Heaton, seriously?? TonyLL17
Discuss Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page