You may not think so, but you’re talking nonsense every day, even if it’s just to yourself. So imagine if there was a game show where you could win a million dollars by doing something every day?
Opening shot: In a scene from the season one contestant, host Howie Mandel said: “Imagine, if you will, you’re on a trivia game show…and you don’t know any of the answers.”
gist: Bullsh*t Game Show It’s all about people talking nonsense and how accurate others are at detecting nonsense. Contestants in the “hot seat” (which Mandel points out didn’t even have a chair) answered ten trivia questions; the amount they could win for each question increased, and if they answered all ten questions, they would win $1 million.
But if they don’t know the answer to the question, they can choose a different answer and try to convince the other three contestants that their answer is correct. Whether the other three players choose the hot seat is bullshit. If the hot seat player gets it right, they will move on to the next question regardless of what the other three players say. But if they’re talking nonsense, at least one of the other three contestants has to believe them in order for the contestant to move on. Before each round, Mandel asked them if the hot-button player wanted to move on and risk his winnings, or go home with the money he won at the time.
There’s also the matter of “locks”, where contestants can lock in a prize level; even if they get knocked down, they’ll go home with their locked-up money. The second and last lock must be at least three levels higher than the first lock used.
Here’s where the three crap detector contestants come in: When a hot seat player gets eliminated, goes home, or wins everything, the most accurate BS detector contestant is the next person in the hot seat position.
What show does it remind you of? Bullsh*t Game Show feel like acting weakest link even success or not – Mandel even started doing Don A joke at some point in the episode – but the comedy format is more akin to a game show, like luggage. BS detection section is reminiscent of ABC’s recently canceled fraud.
Our opinion: Bullsh*t Game Show Kind of weird because its concept is both simple and complex. how can that be? Well, on the surface, it’s about people lying and other people trying to spot lies. But when you start to get into the money ladders and shenanigans with locks and the factors that determine who stays and leaves and ends up in hot spots, the show gets bogged down in all those details.
That’s why it’s lucky that the show’s producers and contestant coordinators make a conscious effort to find contestants that aren’t just passionate. They are very close to the performers. They were joking with Mandel, giving performative monologues as they talked about their decision to vote for BS.
Of course, to be a believable bullshit you need a certain level of acting skill, but it feels like the format is so tough that the show would have fallen in its face were it not for the contestants’ personalities and Mandel’s constant bullshit superior. We do appreciate that less dramatic questions — like everyone thinking the hot seat player is right — are skipped. But the pace is still a little slow.
The money ladder is also a bit flawed, mostly because of the ability of contestants to lock in when they cross the first $1,000 rung. Listen, $1000 is better than nothing, but it takes a bit of a risk factor, especially when contestants use their final lock-in level 3, $50,000. It feels like most contestants won’t take the risk and do the same two locks over and over, which is probably not what the producers intended. We also want to know how many people will actually put in the $1 million level at $750,000.
Sex and Skin: not any. It’s not exactly family material, though, as the word “nonsense” is uttered about 100 times per episode.
parting shot: We put suspense on the contestant’s answer to see if she was lying to other contestants or telling the truth.
Sleeping Star: not any.
Most pilot lines: When one contestant joked about paying $1,000 for her flight, she turned to Mandel and asked if they paid for her flight to Los Angeles “Yes, we’re not on Hulu, we’re on Netflix,” Mandel replied road. How did Hulu hurt you, Howie?
Our phone number: Streaming. Despite the flaws in the game, Bullsh*t Game Show Mainly entertaining, the contestants are very comfortable in front of the camera.
Joel Keller (@joelkeller) writes about food, entertainment, parenting, and technology, but he doesn’t kid himself: he’s a TV junkie. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Slate, Salon, Rolling Stone, VanityFair.comFast Company and elsewhere.