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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 

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 »
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Regis Philbin ...  Himself - Host 23 episodes, 1999-2009
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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>

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USA

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English

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16 August 1999 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color
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Trivia

A contestant, from a rural city in Texas named Hooks, (population is between 5,000-10,000) dressed in western attire and 18-gallon cowboy hat, spoke and 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?
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Crazy Credits

The show originally aired on ABC. When an episode ended on there, Regis would typically make a remark about what show was going to be on there next (for example, Dharma and Greg) right before the credits ended. Strangely, these are NOT edited out in Game Show Network airings! See more »

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Version of ¿Quiere ser millonario? (1999) See more »

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Regis and flashing lights create a whole new category
26 September 2013 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

This show was a break out hit. It created a whole new category for TV network execs to exploit and finally destroy. It was a successful prime time game show which hadn't happened in quite a long time.

Regis Philbin is uniquely responsible for its success. Sure they had the bright lights, the tense music, the flash and the sizzle. But it's Regis' intensity that drives the whole thing. The concept is simple. Contestants answer trivia questions. Each one gets harder and the money gets larger. There are a few helps. It's simplicity is part of the charm. Although Regis left the show, others have tried to resurrect it. It was running out of steam anyways. After its newness wore off, it's just not much to watch especially without Regis.


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