Deal or No Deal

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 27 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 7, 9, and 12-year-old Written byBelinda N. December 4, 2018

A luck based game show that my children can watch together

Deal or No Deal is really entertaining. The basic concept of the show is that one contestant selects a case, and this case can have any amount of money in it, r... Continue reading
Parent of a 17-year-old Written bylove2 September 26, 2009

for ages 9 and up

this show is awsome. but i wouldent let any kid under the age of 9 see it because of what the girls in show are wearing and because if there younger than 9 chan... Continue reading
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.... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byFRODOMAR543 March 14, 2018

Fun game show, the same thing never happens twice.

A good show with turns and twists at every corner. From the deal wheel to the MDM, DOND is a special game show that requires not skill, but luck, guts, and a gr... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Network: NBC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: DVD, Streaming
  • Last updated: March 14, 2020

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