Episodes: 16 (hour)
TV show dates: May 20, 2015 — June 1, 2016
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Richard Quest (host), Dan Harris (host)
TV show description:
Hosted by Richard Quest, this game show lets some certified geniuses try to correctly answer 500 difficult general knowledge questions without getting three incorrect in a row.
The games is played by two people at a time; one watches and waits while the other answers questions and earns money. A contestant has 10 categories with five questions in each of them. Once a question is asked, the contestant has 10 seconds to answer — and can offer as many answers as they can within that time. Once the correct answer is given, the clock stops and resets.
If the first answer is the right one, the contestant receives $1,000 (each 25th question is worth an additional $5,000). If he/she doesn’t come up with the right answer in time, the contestant receives a strike. If he/she gets two strikes in a row, the challenger gets to pick the next category. If he/she gets three strikes in a row, the contestant is eliminated. If the contestant survives to answer 50 questions, he/she keeps the cash and the challenger is eliminated.
There are also several special questions in the game.
In the “Battle” question, both contestants take turns answering the same question which has multiple answers. The contestant in control decides who goes first. They go back and forth until all correct answers are given or until one contestant gives the wrong answer.
In the “Top 10 Challenge”, a statistical question is asked and there are 10 top answers. The player tries to give five correct answers in 15 seconds.
In the “Triple Threat”, a contestant is asked a question with three answers. If he/she comes up with all three in 10 seconds, the contestant wins $3,000.
It’s the fifth and final night, and the pressure is starting to mount. The current reigning genius hopes to continue his unprecedented run to 500 questions in the face of a challenger who is actively ready to take his place.
First aired: June 1, 2016.
What do you think? Do you like the 500 Questions TV show? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a third season?