December 18, 2017
Everything about this game show goes against the advancement of Americans, but damn it, I can’t stop watching.
Every American thinks they know better. The new Game Show Network show Divided has taken that fact and put a dollar sign on it. “If you think you’re right, why not make some money proving it”, is one of the sayings buzzing around the internet about the show.
Everything about this game show goes against the advancement of Americans, but damn it, I can’t stop watching. The show takes four individuals, puts them on a team and presents them with questions worth a certain amount of money. Everyone must agree on an answer from multiple choice options. During the teams’ deliberation time a clock is counting down and every second that goes buy money is taken from what they could potentially win. If they don’t agree in time the money runs out. But if they do agree they win whatever money is left and it’s put in a bank. Whatever money is in the bank, if the team gets the next question wrong the money is cut in half. This continues on for five questions. However, after the first round of three questions the team is forced to eliminate someone from the team by voting, which everyone must also agree on. Leaving only three people left to finish the game. But it does not stop there. Once all the questions are answered, the final money in the pot is divided up unequally and the remaining players have to agree on who gets what amount. Again while they are deliberating on who gets what the clock is ticking and money is being taken away every second!
This is the greatest game show concept I have ever seen.
There are so many things wrong with this game show. For one, it takes the “I’m always right” mindset of Americans and pins it against itself. Watching this show you just see the contestants go at it trying to convince the other players they know better. Personalities collide. If the answer is wrong, that person increased their chances of being voted off after the first round and winning nothing. Or if they had the right answer but didn’t speak up, they can be deemed unaggressive. Or if someone is overly aggressive and always right, they risk being voted off as the biggest threat. Yes everyone is on a team but they are also playing for themselves.
One particular episode, during the decision on who gets what cut of the money. One guy was so adamant about getting the most money, knowing damn well he didn’t deserve it. He caused such a delay that the time ran out and so did the money, resulting in everyone leaving the show with nothing. It was a dick move, but it made for some great TV.
It’s like watching a funeral procession. You know you shouldn’t look through the windows of the hearse but you just can’t help yourself.
This show is riveting and exciting. I’ve watched every episode thus far on GSN (the same network as Idiotest) and I can almost guess which one is going to be the weakest player just from their intros.
The episode that had a panel of three girls one guy, I just knew sexuality was going to come into play. And sure enough it did. The guy was a pigheaded woman hater and one of the ladies damn near burned her bra on the set. It was great!
I recommend Divided, even though it’s not an original concept by GSN. The show was adapted from the Netherlands. Divided, hosted by Mike Richards airs Thursday nights on GSN (DVR it while you stream my show, then go back and watch it) 🙂