What do you get when you subtract all the extraneous banter from an episode of "Family Feud"? About three minutes of actual game show. (SLYT).
of Kenilworth, Ill,
is now the winningest woman in Jeopardy!
history, the third winningest non-tournament player, and she isn't done. She'll be playing her 20th game tomorrow night, wherein followers hope she'll break the $400,000 mark on her steady climb.
You can catch up on her run at YouTube.
One of the champions whose records she has now surpassed is Arthur Chu
, who has also made big waves this week, speaking out on misogyny in geek culture,
in response to the murders in Isla Vista. Writes Chu: The overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to 'earn,' to 'win.'
The show's history and the iconic host's banter seem to reveal
that in terms of gender, Jeopardy!
is not, as etymology would have it, "an evenly divided game," but could this be the year things change?
"Jeopardy" over the last few days by employing strategies rooted in game theory
. This has caused consternation
among some purists.
is a Japanese game show in which a gay man tries to force a straight man to orgasm. (Link is to Huffpo Article, and relatively sfw. Video within the link, not so much.) [more inside]
Game Theory - it's not just for economists
If you find yourself going on The Price is Right, you'll need this handy cheat sheet explaining how to win The Price Is Right—not just the Contestants' Row segment, but all of its many pricing games. This guide, which conveniently fits on the front and back of an 8.5-by-11-inch piece of paper, does not rely on the prices of items.
Also see this
There are people who believe that Plinko is the best game on The Price Is Right. I have a name for these people. I call them "Wrongety Wrong Wrong." They are the leaders of Wrongitania. They are the Doctors Of Wrongology. They are the Wrongtown Rats.
The best of the worst
of the oh-so-watchable cringe-fest that was Legends of the Hidden Temple.
the only great reality TV show? The AV Club argues yes
Colin Lionel Emm, known to the world as Richard Dawson
, has died
. [more inside]
At the Gameological Society, John Teti eulogizes Dick Clark the game show host
by waxing rhapsodic about Pyramid
, including his all-time favorite run in the Winner's Circle.
On May 19, 1984, an unemployed ice cream truck driver named Michael Larson went on Press Your Luck
and over the course of two episodes, took home more money than had ever been won in the history of television: $110,237 -- to the shock of the show’s producers and host, the late Peter Tomarken
. How did he do it? The show’s game board had only 5 patterns of 18 squares, and Mr. Larson had memorized them all. After the show, CBS tried to disqualify him but couldn’t, because Larson hadn’t done anything illegal. But they did
refuse to allow those episodes to be aired in syndication. So, they didn’t re-air until 2003, when the Game Show Network produced a Tomarken-hosted documentary about Mr. Larson’s incredible win: Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal
. [more inside]
(I don't think they've got to the murderer
yet) [more inside]
Years after its final broadcast, the award-winning, pond-hopping, cult comedy hit Whose Line is it Anyway?
is returning to television! Sort of! Tonight in just a few minutes, Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza
, sample segment
) makes its debut on GSN, reuniting Carey with popular "Whosers" Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Wayne Brady, and many more
. Though the show will air every weekday, you don't have to wait around for new episodes to get your improv fix -- in spite of the lack of DVD box sets, there's a veritable treasure trove of past content available free from multiple online sources, including the complete run of the American Whose Line on both YouTube
and fansite WatchWLIIA
along with every episode of the original UK run from Channel4's official YouTube channel
and their streaming video site 4oD
. Too much content? Look inside for selections of the show's most hilarious moments as sampled from the show's burgeoning TVTropes entry
. See also: Fan guide
- American episode guide
) - List of game types [more inside]
Caitlin Burke solved a 27 letter puzzle having seen only one letter revealed
on the November 5 episode of Wheel of Fortune. Many are saying it was a miracle or dumb luck, but could it have been the work of a master puzzle solver
What's My Line?
was a weekly televised game show that first ran in the US from 1950 to 1967, and featured a celebrity panel whose task it was to discern the profession or identity of the person who sat before them. The panel first guessed at the profession of two "regular folks," with a third "famous mystery guest," when the the panel were blindfolded and the guests often tried to disguise their voices. Let's start with a Halloween episode
, split in 3 parts on YouTube
, ending with the mystery guest (Andy Griffith)
. The lengthy list
of Mystery Guests include the Harlem Globetrotters
, Walt Disney
, a young Ronald Reagan
and Salvador Dalí
). [more inside]
Those wacky Muppets are like everywhere these days, right? (pre
). But a part of the muppetty empire called Henson Alternative
is working on 'more adult' concepts with unfamiliar felt, and hasn't seen too much success yet. Maybe that'll change with the puppet-celebrity game show that debuted last night: "Late Night Liars"
. Or maybe not. Here's a clip. [more inside]
We previously debated How many five year olds could you take in a fight?
- mefi discussion
Now in a related event professional J. League football team Cerezo Osaka
take on a team of 100 Japanese primary school children.
Part 1 (including pre-match analysis in Japanese - kick off at 5 min 50) Part 2 Part 3
There was a winner - but who?! Direct links to the goals 1 2 3 4 5
Who wants to be?
is a democratic game show where the audience pools together prize money, then decides the rules of the game to ultimately decide what to spend the money on. Next week the show travels to the Copenhagen climate forum
, and audience members can join remotely
Andy Richter destroys Wolf Blitzer
in Celebrity Jeopardy (twice, if you count the rehearsal show
). Of course, Richter is no stranger
to the game
As George Carlin once said, "it is an infinitely more interesting news story for a team to repeatedly fail at the highest level than it is for them to finally win."
After ten years and over 1,500 episodes, last night's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire (the US version) featured its very first Top Prize Loser
. Ken Basin, of Los Angeles, incorrectly guessed that LBJ
prefered Yoo-Hoo over Fresca, and walked away with $25,000 instead of $1,000,000. [more inside]
In 1966, NBC broadcast a GE College Bowl
match between a team from Princeton University (all male, of course—Princeton wouldn't go co-ed until three years later
) and a team from Agnes Scott College, a small women's college in Decatur, Georgia. In one of the most exciting upsets in the history of the program, after trailing early
, Agnes Scott came from behind
to win, pushed over the edge by Karen Gearreald's final answer
, with only one second left on the clock. "That young lady, by the way, was the only person in the theater who could not see the clock," the program's host, Robert Earle, later wrote
. "She is blind." [more inside]
is a cable-access game show "where art critics and celebrities compete to title Mark Kostabi's paintings for cash rewards." Kostabi
hosts, and is sometimes featured playing piano with a jazz combo (e.g. here, with Ornette Coleman
). Here's the episode
with Mason Reese
and Michel Gondry
as guest panelists.
Tunnels no Minasan no Okage Desu
is a Japanese game show where contestants strike poses to fit through cutouts in pink foam walls.
International reproductions of this game show reveal much about national character; reproductions exist in Italy
, Hong Kong
, and Australia
. [more inside]
Eric Lieber, producer of the groundbreaking Dick Cavett
and Mike Douglas
talk shows as well as the creator of (my own beloved guilty pleasure) Love Connection
, has passed away
of leukemia at age 71. [more inside]
Let's pause for a moment to view the best part of any gameshow -- the stupid contestants
. [more inside]
Are you a fan of Channel 4's venerable game show Countdown
, but never had the chance to play? Check out this
well-made Flash version. It's just one of the classic British game shows made interactive at wedigtv.com
, which also features The Price is Right
, Family Fortunes
, and Blockbusters
. Caution: Heavy Flash video, commercial breaks, and some of the UI takes a bit of practice. Via.
John Cage gives a little concert
on a 1960's gameshow called "I've Got a Secret." (Flashvid)
Jeopardy history. This early hint
came to pass last night; For the first time after 23 years, all 3 contestants in an episode of Jeopardy came to an exact tie.
Makoto Nagano: (YOUTUBE)
33 year-old fisherman from Japan and a Ninja Warrior
Billed as TV's frst video arcade game show
had its contestants battling
each other on video game trivia, as well as actual gameplay. Originally aired in the early 1980's, the show featured games like
, Congo Bongo
, to name
Ten full episodes
are available online, for those of you who want a bit of video game nostalgia. And,
if nothing else, looking at the contestants
is pretty entertaining, in and of itself.
was an arcade-themed game show that aired
in the early 1980's. Today is the last day to watch episode #59
Japanese games shows are f*cked up, part 4,543,213.
Contestants strap meat to forehead and release giant lizard. Hilarity ensues.
The Day is Mine, Trebek.
Who wants to punch Ken Jennings in the face?
Rod Roddy Dies at 66
Veteran game show announcer known for his work on the Price is Right and Press Your Luck succumbs to breast and colon cancer.
Trial by Tabloid?
Top BBC presenter Angus Deaton
has been sacked after a sex & drugs scandal
. He has presented comedy news quiz Have I Got News For You
for over ten years. So, is ti right for him to be sacked after trial by tabloid? Do we actually care what our T.V. presenters get up to after the cameras are turned off?
This is your mission should you choose to accept it. You start at Victoria Peak with bicycles and ride all the way down to the Victoria Harbour without using the pedals, and see how far you can go. The rules are: No pedalling allowed. Keep your feet off the ground. Ride with safety. It's not a time trial. The winner is the one who rides the most distance. Sounds fairly straightforward, but here's the hitch... you'll be competing against Jackie Chan. A two part mpeg video
from a Japanese TV variety show called Tetsuwan Dash
Coming to a tv near you: WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE - Couples edition
. Thus proving 2 people can be stupider than one...
You Are The Weakest Link, Goodbye!
Yes, the "Rudest Person on Television" is about to hit American airwaves as NBC desperately tries to catch up to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and "Survivor". This little BBC profile of Anne Robinson explains it all for us unsuspecting Yanks. Is "YATWLG" about to be the next hot meme?
First UK TV Millionnaire
comes, by coincidence, on the same night that another network shows the last episode of its most popular sitcom, in which the main character dies.
Gosh what a coincidence! Or is it a fix?
The "dickie game"
is a new feature on the public danish newschannel "DR". Yes - it is a publically owned and funded channel.
The rules are pretty simple: press the "start spillet" button and try to guess what dick belongs to which dude.
All he wants, is a fair, um, hearing.
When I first read this, I thought to myself, "It is beginning." Meaning that whenever something, or someone becomes really successful and makes lots of money, the lawyers smell the money, and want it. But after reading this, there are a few valid points. And it isn't as if the man is asking for Multi-Millions... He just wants to win the $1 million prize.
There's something poetic about Japanese game shows
with overdubbed comments in German. Something very petically meta about the whole thing. I thought tv about tv
was great, but foreign tv about foreign tv is better. This came from stile project
(warning: not for the faint-hearted, think twice before surfing at work).