Game Shows

The TV Challenge continues…
• Before talk TV took over game shows ruled the airways during the day, which do you prefer? Or are you a soap opera fan?

I’m not much of a soap opera fan. I can see why people enjoy them, especially those who are confined to home. For a few minutes a day, one can live vicariously through television and experience lust, betrayal, revenge, surprise and anticipation. However, I get a little impatient when shows drag out their supposed arcs, Smallville and Enterprise being some offenders that come immediately to mind.

Game shows have a different problem. Each episode is neatly self contained (except for season-long shows like American Idol) but the same thing happens every time. For example, you know that Jeopardy will have two standard rounds, followed by Final Jeopardy. The details may be different, but the rules are always followed.

“But that’s not why people watch TV. Clever things make people feel stupid and unexpected things make them feel scared.” — Philip J. Fry.

By process of elimination, I am apparently a talk show fan. Who’d have thunk?


• Is there a game show (past or present) you think you would do really well on, as a contestant?

I’ve actually watched many game shows. Way, way, way back when I was a kid, I was once confined to home because of chicken pox, and there wasn’t much to do during the day. So I became quite familiar with The Price is Right, Press your Luck, Scrabble, Family Feud, and a few others. It would be fun to go on any of those, but there are only a few that I think I’d do well on.

Number Three: Win, Lose or Draw
It's a chair, it's a table, it's a lamp...
Win, Lose or Draw was basically Pictionary played in front of an audience. (Pictionary is basically just Charades played on paper.) I usually do pretty well with Pictionary and its variants.
Number Two: Whose Line Is It Anyway?
You just had to be there.

True, Whose Line Is It Anyway isn’t really a game show. It just uses the format as a frame for various humorous improvisational exercises, such as “Party Quirks,” “Sound Effects,” and “World’s Worst.” But since it’s not really a game show…

Number One: What Is Burn Notice

Okay, so What Is Burn Notice isn’t even a real game show. But I can at least tell you more about Burn Notice than where it happens.
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