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There are two reasons that Weakest Link is the greatest game show on
television. One is Anne Robinson and the other is the fact that most of the
questions are answerable by most most people. What makes it hard to do is
the fact that you have very little time to think about your answer and if
you screw up you can be voted off by your team members. Where as The
Millionaire show is good, after about the $64,000 question, they get quite
tough. In Weakest Link you can answer most of the questions most of the
time. That gives the audience a sense that they could also be there and win
the 60 or 80 thousand dollars. In the Millionaire show, unless you have a
true knowledge of architecture, you would not know that I.M. Pei designed
the rock and roll hall of fame. But you would know that "V" was the 80's
mini series that had lizards trying to take over the world.
Anne is also the catalyst of the television show. I'm sure that most of her "Who's a couple cans short of a six pack" jibes are scripted for her before she goes on the air. But her ability to rip into the contestants is priceless. In one of the funnier episodes, she asks one contestant if he belongs to any organizations. He responds that he belongs to MENSA. What is that? she asks. He carefully responds that it is an organization for people that scored well on an I.Q. test. She asks him if he has to pay to be a part of that organization. He says yes. How much? $400.00 he responds. And that is a pity, she says, you could have used that money to buy yourself a new jacket.
Anne's caustic venom towards the contestants is priceless and she keeps me coming back time and time again. I really hope that the show permanently expands to two nights a week. Monday's are not enough. And finally, we all love her famous line, "You are the weakest link. Goodbye!"
This is quite a good quiz show . I know everyone mentions the camp nastiness
of quiz mistress Anne Robinson and she does a good job of the quiz mistress
from hell but the most enjoyable part of the show is laughing at the muppet
contestants who show themselves to be intellectually challenged
Robinson: Brian Cox played what notorious serial killer in Michael Mann`s 1986 film Manhunter ?
Muppet : Robert De Niro
Robinson : What is the national anthem of New Zealand ?
Another Muppet : Australia forever
I didn`t make up these two answers by the way , they`re both genuine . Makes me wonder if anyone has been turned down by the show for being too stupid , and believe it or not a complete half wit occasionally goes home with the money
Who would've thought that Anne Robinson would become a sight to be reckoned
with on both sides of the atlantic?
It's not surprising to know why the " The Weakest Link" became such a show that had more than just a few average heads turning in it's direction.
This is more than just a typical game show to begin with. . .Gone are the days when pathetic game shows featuring annoying fake charmed contestants would congratulate one another for beating the best one out. This one really bites the dust!
Anne Robinson has become one HELL of a lean mean killing machine with her brute-force cutthroat comments towards her contestants, narrowing it down to more of a black and white outlook.
It's even amazing to learn that this is not of those "go lucky game shows" where everyone leaves satisfied, but more realistic with the way everyone responds to winning and losing.
This truly is a GAME for the new Millenium. ROCK ON Anne Robinson, you are the strongest link.
Come on, giving a show a 1/10 shows you are giving an extremely biased
review. Let's rate shows on their merit.
I am giving this show a 7 because it is extremely entertaining to watch. Anne may be the cock of the walk in this show, but she gets her fair share of insults from the contestants who have the gumption to dish it back out. It is interesting to see people's real personalities come out among strangers--sometimes people are sneaky, other times they are very noble and allow others to stay on and compete against them even though they pose a greater threat.
The voting off can be very unfair, which is something I hate about this show. In plenty of episodes people gang up to eliminate specific individuals based on their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. These are the moments when Anne's personality makes the show, however. We have all seen an episode where Anne calls a contestant out on ganging up on one individual, when it is clear that one person is not being voted off for being the "weakest link," but for being the only woman left, etc.
The truth of the matter is that Anne has a very unique personality and one that is captivating for others to watch. She is a quick-witted person and makes a great moderator for a game show that pits contestants against each other. I'm in the US, and everyone I know who has seen this show thinks Anne is far more entertaining to watch than her American male replacement.
I've never heard Anne make a comment that could not be taken all in good fun, but she maintains her hard exterior because the show is supposed to have a no-nonsense approach. The cut-throat nature of it all makes the jabs and the personal interaction among contestants that much more interesting, and keeps the suspense high when time is counting down.
I love this show and cannot get enough. I always consider it a treat when I happen across it flipping through channels.
This little gem slipped, unhyped and almost unnoticed, into the BBC Two
daytime schedule during the summer of 2000. An unlikely host had been
selected in the shape of former Points of View presenter Anne Robinson.
Early reviews were mostly negative, but three months later, a nation had
tossed aside "Is that your final answer?" and embraced a new quiz show
catchphrase: "You are the weakest link. Goodbye!"
Weakest Link is the antithesis of the traditional quiz show. Questions and answers come at breakneck speed; no chance of taking ten minutes to choose your answer, unlike some shows I could mention. And our host does not suffer fools gladly. Whereas other quiz show hosts are happy to dole out patronising praise ("You won £70 in that round! Well done!"), Anne will voice the opinion of the millions shouting at their TV screens at home ("You won a pathetic £70, so we're not exactly fainting with admiration").
Despite only having a £20,000 maximum jackpot which is near-impossible to win, it gets five million viewers in its daytime slot and more than ten million for the primetime version: conclusive proof that a successful quiz needs a decent format more than a huge cash prize.
The show has now been sold around the world, and Anne has gone to Hollywood to host the US version. The little BBC quiz show has become the biggest worldwide success since Who Wants to be a Millionaire, and deservedly so.
The Weakest Link oddly manages to be successful despite the fact that it is a decidedly low-budget, daytime TV quiz show. There is in-built cut-throat competition between the contestants that often results in amusing bust-ups or vain egotism, and, like "Millionaire," there is a good feel of at-home playability. The only downside is the jackpot, which, at a measly £10,000, makes you wonder what all the fuss is about. In reality, the only reason why this is not just another run-of-the-mill boring game show is Anne Robinson, the presenter. She is so cruel towards the contestants that she was recently named the Meanest Person on British TV; her cutting, demoralising comments once brought a contestant to tears. Her catchphrase, which she utters whenever the weakest link (ie: the worst contestant) is voted off the show, should go down in the annals of gameshow history: "You are the weakest link. Goodbye."
The Weakest Link is great telly! So nice to see a gameshow where all the
contestants, and the host, aren't doing that same old smiley, friendly
stuff. You go on a show like this to win....so it's great that you can
actually say what the hell you like about the others. It's gripping because
at home it's dead easy and they all look like rabbits trapped in
Plus, real jealousy rears it's ugly head!! I love it!!
I also won it in March 2001, so perhaps I'm slightly biased...but what the hell!
You would think people would get wise on how stupid this Weakest Link game show is with it's Ginger grim-faced presenter that looks worse for wear after many years doing her show. When she appeared on Points of view she looked useless as a TV critic and now she looks even useless has a Game show presenter and was right, she's only good at putting people down when she feels threatened by them. I laugh when people call her the ginger scoucer with a face to drop dead with - it seems she gets up-set by these comments made about her, eh? from someone who likes dishing it out she obviously can't take peoples comments about her - is this telling you something?
This show has to be one of the greatest British quiz shows of all time.
It is a shame that it is no longer repeated regularly because it is
miles ahead of it's rather dowdy replacement Pointless, and despite the
first episode being sixteen years old this year, the format would still
work very successfully today.
Anne Robinson is a brilliant presenter, and really comes into her own with the stern and rather cold persona she adapts, making the show very different to other shows of the time. Robinson may sometimes make bitchy and cruel remarks to the contestants, though this is all part of the game, and what makes the show work so well.
This show is so funny that sometimes it can be a horrible show. I hate it when Ann makes fun of somebody when they do something wrong. She thinks that she is better than everyone else. I also hate the attitude that the contestant give after they have been voted off.
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