A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Thanks to the two-player format, the game reinforces teamwork and -- even though it must be done in under 60 seconds -- critical thinking. That said, greed is a secondary value.
Positive Role Models
Couples who play the game well must work together to make difficult, high-stakes decisions. Those who don't run the risk of leaving the show empty-handed.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some questions skirt the topic of sex or use the word "sex" -- for example, Sex and the City.
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Occasional use of words like "hell."
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Products & Purchases
Questions might mention specific brands, including "Cheerios," "Nike," etc.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that money -- literal piles of it -- is an important player in this high-stakes game show that asks contestants to bet bundles of cash on the right answers to multiple-choice questions. The two-player format reinforces teamwork and critical thinking, but with only 60 seconds to answer each question, it can feel more frantic than thoughtful. A few everyday brand names are mentioned, and there's some rare, low-level swearing (think "hell") in moments of excitement.
Is It Any Good?
As is the case with a lot of "original" programming these days, Million Dollar Money Drop was adapted from a hit British game show, The Million Pound Drop Live. Thanks to exchange rates, the Brits actually stand to win more cash. But America's upped the ante for players in true Yank style with a supersized set and sleekly engineered drop chutes hooked up to hydraulics that literally seem to suck the money out of sight.
At first, it's odd to imagine Kevin Pollak, who's best known for playing subtle sidekick roles in dramatic fare like A Few Good Men and The Usual Suspects, playing the role of a game show host. And, given Million Dollar Money Drop's extreme production values, it still kind of is ... although when you consider Pollak's stand-up comedy background and his stint as the host of Celebrity Poker Showdown -- and the fact that celebrity chef Guy Fieri can successfully host Minute to Win It -- it doesn't feel so wrong after all.
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