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Deal or No Deal

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some contestants get very caught up by greed. The show can feel like watching someone gamble.

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The "briefcase models" are all very sexy and wear slinky, somewhat revealing dresses.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that greed and risk-taking can play a factor in the contestants' decision-making on this engrossing primtime game show, sometimes with a negative outcome. But some contestants also make smart decisions and settle for a more modest amount than the $1 million they dream of.

What's the story?

DEAL OR NO DEAL is a primetime game show in which each contestant, chosen at random out of a pool of audience hopefuls, is presented with 26 briefcases displayed by lovely models on a stage. Each briefcase contains a tag showing a certain dollar amount -- from $.01 to $1 million. After each round of briefcase-opening (six are opened in the first round, five the next, and so on), the show's host, Howie Mandel, receives a phone call from \"the bank\" offering contestants a certain amount of cash if they walk away now. If the contestants accept the amount, the game is over; if they decide \"no deal\" because they believe the unopened briefcase contains a higher amount than what was offered, the game continues until they either accept an offer or open the briefcase to find out how much they won.

Is it any good?


Although there's little brain power involved here aside from making smart decisions -- the show is more about luck and is far from being a brainteaser like Jeopardy -- the decision-making element is crucial, as is resisting being swayed by greed. Deal or No Deal is decent entertainment that actually makes you think -- just a little -- and could possibly help teach younger viewers the value of a dollar.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the contestants' decisions, and what each family member would do if they were playing the game. Would you be satisfied with the amount of money a contestant won? Why or why not? Do you think the contestant was too greedy, or too much of a risk-taker? What would you have done differently, and why? Another discussion topic could be money itself and its value. What would you do if you won a lot of money? Aside from buying material things, can you think of some ways you could put the money to good use?

TV details

Premiere date:December 19, 2005
Cast:Howie Mandel
Genre:Game Shows
TV rating:TV-PG
Available on:DVD, Streaming

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystinkbrain December 28, 2015

Best show ever!!!!!!!!!!!

By far the most best show ever. Families will see how amazing to see amazing offers and how contestants try for 1 million dollars. Howie Mandel is a great host. He belives people will win 1 million dollars,is very nice to contestants,and is kind of funny. Families will enjoy this show. The 1 thing I don't like about the show is that contestants are too caught up by greed and usually go all the way and win nothing. There's also too many commercials.
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Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written byanonymous343 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2010
Nothing special, kinda boring