Cash Cab

 
Mobile game show drives trivia buffs wild.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Normal game show greed, but everything is generally good natured. Promotes having a wide range of general knowledge.

Positive role models

Contestants represent a wide range of ages, backgrounds, and ethnicities.

Violence

Playful shoulder jabbing is the extent of it.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

Occasional "hell" or "crap," though even these words are sometimes bleeped.

Consumerism

As is usual with game shows, many aspects of the show are sponsored. Contestants who use the mobile phone shout-out do so on a Cingular phone, which is blatantly announced by the host. The video question is sponsored by Aflac, and viewers see a brief brand logo before the video plays.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this unique game show tests random taxicab riders on their trivia knowledge for a cash prize. Questions are general knowledge and appropriate for all ages, though preteens may not have the knowledge base to fully participate in play-at-home viewing. The host occasionally smirks at the camera when a contestant doesn't know an answer, but the tone of the show is generally lighthearted. The host and/or contestants occasionally use mild curse words, though they're usually bleeped. Be sure to remind kids that they should never get in a stranger's car, no matter what the incentive.

What's the story?

CASH CAB and its spin-off CASH CAB CHICAGO are innovative game shows in which unsuspecting New York City (or Chicago) taxi riders answer trivia questions for a cash prize. When customers jump in comedian Ben Bailey's (New York) or Beth Melewski's (Chicago) taxi, they don't realize they're entering a mobile game show. If riders agree to play, the cab starts moving and the game begins. Contestants have the duration of their ride to answer general knowledge trivia questions, which get progressively harder and more lucrative as the driver negotiates Manhattan traffic. But if they answer incorrectly three times, contestants must leave the cab and lose any prize money. Two "shout-outs" are available: one chance to ask someone on the street for help and one call to someone. Those who make it to their destination can double their money by answering a question transmitted by video monitor -- but if they answer incorrectly, they lose everything.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Questions are interesting, with topics ranging from geography to media. Players vary in age, ethnicity, and skill, which adds an extra appeal to the show. The hosts are likable, and his quips are funny without overpowering the flow of the game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can play along with the game. Do kids or parents know the answers that stump the contestants? Who would you call for a "shout-out"?

  • Would you agree to play the game if you got into the Cash Cab

  • unsuspectingly? Do you think it's safe for the driver to be hosting the

  • show while he's driving?

  • How is this show similar to and different from

  • other TV game shows?

TV details

Cast:Ben Bailey
Network:Discovery Channel
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-G

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Teen, 14 years old Written byPoison Ivey November 14, 2009
age 10+
 

OMG I saw the cash cab!

OMG I was on TV! I mean I saw Ben Bailey driving the cash cab with all the lights and stuff and I started spasing out. but anyways it's so fun to watch this show! Like when I'm really bored and if I'm not doing homework or playing hockey or keeping myself busy or watching movies and if it's on tehn I'll watch it! But I'm not even kidding I saw him and I was shaking like crazy!
Kid, 12 years old July 27, 2011
age 7+
 

Great Game Show!

Why are people putting down all of the "what parents should know" ? The only thing I can think of that's inappropriate is some language and product placement. No violence, drugs/alcohal, or sexual content.
Teen, 15 years old Written byyourboi01 April 9, 2008

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