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 »
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Jeopardy-like game show featuring Ben Stein as both a host and a contestant. The second and third rounds of the game are played by Ben Stein himself as he tries to defend "his" money ... See full summary »
A five-person team, headed by a captain and determined by a random sweepstakes drawing, must work their way up the Tower of Greed to a jackpot of $2,000,000. The catch: during the course of the game, each team member has the chance to eliminate another member and take their cash by challenging them to a one-question showdown known as "The Terminator." Written by
"Greed" was Fox's blatant and pathetic attempt to capitalize on the success of ABC's primetime game show and breakout hit, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" And as far as trivia shows, it's about as trivial as they get. No one really cared about the show - even when it boasted the biggest amount of money won in gameshow history for a while (a record later surpassed by the remake of "21" which aired on NBC and PAX TV). This was probably because the format was decidedly stale - the game began with a bunch of players with one captain who decided if the team wanted to go further in the game to win more money.
Contestants could be eliminated in mini-segments that involved players taking on each other in a one-on-one session similar to the first round in a "Family Feud" match. Prize money was shared, as was the responsibility to provide answers to questions. Questions had multiple answers so each player had to provide an answer.
Speaking of questions, they were even more trivial than the show itself. In a behind-the-scenes segment on I believe the cable channel E!, they showed how the writers came up with the questions. They basically pulled out the most obscure facts they could find and made them into questions on the show. As a result, there were a load of questions on the show that NO ONE on Earth could come up with the answer to, which kills the all-important "playing at home" ability that keeps the TV audience hooked. I mean, no sane person knows the answer to questions like "What are the four most popular syrups at the International House of Pancakes?" (a real show question).
While "Greed" wasn't the most pathetic attempt to capitalize on the success of "Millionaire" (CBS's dismal "Winning Lines" from some "Millionaire" producers is in the running for that title), it sure wasn't a fun game show to watch. Its questions were so obscure; "Price is Right" was more of a trivia show than this. The game format was extremely stale and boring and the show's most redeeming feature, oddly was its host: Chuck Woolery, of "Love Connection".
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