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Deal or No Deal

TV review by
Larisa Wiseman, Common Sense Media
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Game of chance is decent family entertainment.
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Parents say

age 9+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 27 reviews

A lot or a little?

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
Adult Written byforce23 April 9, 2008

Take the deal, Take the deal!

This show instantly gets you hooked as you can easily play along with the contestants as they eliminate the suitcases one by one. You watch as they are offered... Continue reading
Adult Written bymary000 April 9, 2008
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
Kid, 10 years old July 19, 2010
Nothing special, kinda boring

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

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