Correctly answering 14 multiple-choice questions could net contestants $1 million on a half-hour quiz show that's had a long run since its adaptation from the Brit show with the same name. Its format has evolved, but the basics remain: Answer trivia questions to win what could be very big bucks. Safety nets along the way guarantee sums that can't be lost once a contestant reaches certain thresholds -- and players can quit any time, but going for the million carries the risk of losing hundreds of thousands with one wrong answer. Contestants get "lifelines" to help reach the top.
Did You Know?
At the beginning of season 9, the entire studio had a makeover. The hot seat was retired and replaced with a podium in the center where the host and the contestant would stand during the show. A big LCD screen hanging in the studio displays the question and the answers. In season 10, the podium was replaced with a clear tall table and the staircases had colored lights added. See more
Meredith Vieira - Host
You know the rules, you know the lifelines, are you ready? Let's play.
Referenced in In Our Nature