Parents' Guide to

Pay It Off

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Positive, but flawed game show helps people pay their bills.

TV BET Game Shows 2009
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Coles, who is the first African-American female to host a prime time game show on American television, continually reminds viewers that the ultimate goal of the show is to help people by giving them a chance at debt relief. Adding to this message are the life stories of the contestants, who explain why they need help paying their bills, and describe the goals they want to accomplish once they succeed in doing so.

Aside from these messages, the series contains the familiar drama of any game show, including the reactions of a live studio audience and the chance for contestants to call on someone when stumped by a question. Because it fails to offer any guarantee that the contestants will actually be using their winnings to pay their bills, their attempts to win as much money as possible still feels a little greedy. But for game show enthusiasts, it is still pretty entertaining.

TV Details

  • Premiere date: October 2, 2009
  • Cast: Kim Coles
  • Network: BET
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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