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Win Ben Stein's Money 

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 »
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10 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ben Stein ...  Himself - Host 46 episodes, 1997-2002
Jimmy Kimmel ...  Himself - Guest Co-Host / ... 21 episodes, 1997-2002
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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 against the lowly contestants. Written by Joe Pranevich <knight@wwaves.com>

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Comedy | Game-Show

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

28 July 1997 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

The official disclaimer during the credits read: "'Ben Stein's Money' is the prize budget furnished by the Producer. Ben Stein keeps the money in the prize budget not won by the contestants at the end of each production period. If during the production period the winnings exceed the prize budget, Producer pays the overage." See more »

Goofs

In the episode with Jon Scieszka and other authors, during their introduction, there's one shot with the scores at the first break (instead of all zero). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Blood Waters of Dr. Z (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Water Music
(uncredited)
Music by George Frideric Handel
Plays before the first commercial break.
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Finally a game show worth watching
18 October 2005 | by Hopper-2See all my reviews

Win Ben Stein's Money was a novel concept for a game show: contestants compete with each other and the host in a trivia contest to win some or all of the host's $5000. The show will always be memorable for me as the only game show I can stand to watch. Most game shows are too serious to be enjoyable, and those that aim to be more entertaining are usually too obvious and cheesy.

Putting Ben Stein and Jimmy Kimmel together made this show different. Ben, aside from being very smart, is a very funny man. His boring monotone turned him into an icon through roles in Ferris Bueler's Day Off and The Wonder Years. He has the perfect voice for the crude humour of Win Ben Stein's Money. You can't help but laugh when this intelligent, dignified, expressionless and utterly uncool-looking old man swears at the judges, flips Jimmy the bird or knocks over a safe.

Jimmy Kimmel was clearly chosen to create an "Odd Couple" contrast to Ben. He has raised the bar for shockingly inappropriate comments from a game show host.

The questions are interesting, the topics are hilarious, and it's great fun to see a host actually compete with the contestants. You have to watch the end to see if Ben wins or loses. Giving Ben a vested interest in the outcome of the game adds great entertainment value because the competition brings out the best and worst in him. Truly a delightful game show experience.


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