Parents' Guide to

Duel

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Dull host + confusing rules = bad game show.

TV ABC Game Shows 2007
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Duel doesn't boast a unique style, instead blending a handful of familiar formats into a generally innocuous, if slow-going, show. Still, questions are tough enough that trivia buffs will be challenged, and they cover a wide range of topics -- from politics to celebrity facts -- offering a little something for everyone. And the fact that one person will win the huge final jackpot (more than $1.5 million) gives the show a real sense that there's something at stake.

The contestants come from a wide array of backgrounds, but the characterization of each tends toward the stereotypical. There's the used car salesman with an awkward haircut who identifies himself as a hillbilly, the Internet censor in nerdy glasses with a nervous laugh, the ATM technician from "the 'hood" who says things like "I was born ready," and so on. Host Mike Greenberg is surprisingly bland for a game show emcee, and the inclusion of the "chip girls" -- whose sole job is to remove contestants' chips from the playing table while wearing slinky minidresses -- is predictably sexist.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: December 17, 2007
  • Cast: Mike Greenberg
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 28, 2022

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