The 2000 remake of "Twenty-One" was an attempt to re-create the success of the game show that precipitated the infamous quiz show scandal. The rules of the remake were similar to the ... See full summary »


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The 2000 remake of "Twenty-One" was an attempt to re-create the success of the game show that precipitated the infamous quiz show scandal. The rules of the remake were similar to the classic version, with several new rules. As before, two contestants, one a returning champion, were placed in separate isolation booths, and could hear nothing except when host Pauvich spoke directly to them. A category was announced, with the multiple-questions rated in difficulty from 1 to 11 points (1 being easiest, 11 being the most difficult). Each contestant alternated in answering the questions, choosing how many points they wanted to play for. Correct answers were worth the value of the question; incorrect answers were worth a strike. A new rule allowed a contestant to use a "Second Chance," meaning they could enlist the aid of a friend or relative to help answer a question; however, an incorrect answer earned the contestant two strikes. After two rounds, the game is stopped and either contestant ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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9 January 2000 (USA)  »

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Twenty-one, I miss you.
9 April 2012 | by (In a Chair in my room) – See all my reviews

Back in the late 90s, early 2000s, my family didn't have Cable or internet, so whenever a new TV show came onto the UHF signal we had, it was a big deal. So when i heard Maury povich was going to host a new cutting edge game show called Twenty-one, my 9 year old self got excited. I remember being so psyched to see this for the first time on BCTV after Jeopardy (i think it was after jeopardy) and i was hooked.

Maury povich hosts this show where 2 contestants have to answer multiple choice questions for points, the first to make it to 21, or the person who asks for the game to stop after the 2nd, 4th, and so on rounds in the lead is the winner. if they missed 3 questions, they lose. if they miss 2 questions using their "Second Chance" they lose. here's the catch - they don't know how the other contestant is doing at all. When the contestants lose, their winnings are hand-delivered to them from the models.

the winner of the round goes on to a mini-game called Fast Twenty-one, where they answer up to 6 True or false questions, if they mess up one question, they lose the money they've earned in the mini-game (but not their overall winnings) And then the game goes back to square one, with a new opponent to play against.

Now at the same time, Who Wants to be a millionaire? was also in it's prime (we can honestly say that considering how it's format has changed a billion times since 1998) but how millionaire stayed on the air (and still is) and Twenty-one didn't after a few months only proves why people think American Television is stupid. Cause Twenty-one is clearly a more exciting show, it's music was done live, the prize money more generous (even after they changed that format a few months in) and with Maury povich as a host, how can you go wrong?

If They wanted to bring this show back, with Maury hosting, same music, same format, same everything, I would skip work just to see it again.

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