Quiz

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Marty Brown, Common Sense Media
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Unsentimental tale of cheaters on classic game show.

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Positive Messages

A fairly straightforward drama about scammers, Quiz doesn't offer many positive messages beyond "don't cheat."

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are maybe some examples of entrepreneurship and an idea of what it might be like to work in television, but no one comes off particularly well in Quiz.

Violence
Sex
Language

Occasionally contains mild profanity: "hell," "wanky," "bloody," etc.

Consumerism

Quiz is about a real show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink alcohol and hang out at pubs, though no one drinks to the point of inebriation.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quiz is a mini-series about a married couple taken to court for allegedly cheating on the original British version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. It stars British actors Matthew Macfayden (Succession) and Sian Clifford (Fleabag). The series retells the story of the show's conception and rise in popularity in parallel with the couple's story. Quiz contains very little objectionable content, but kids may not be interested without remembering Millionaire's initial cultural impact.

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What's the story?

Shortly after the massively popular QUIZ show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire takes off, a group of fans begin to figure out how to beat the system and win money. Diana Ingram (Sian Clifford) and her brother both become infatuated with the show, but when they each get their chance to compete and fall short, they make a plan for Diana's ambivalent husband Charles (Matthew Macfadyen) to appear... and perhaps even cheat his way to the million.

Is it any good?

Like many docudramas, AMC's retelling of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire cheating scandal is mostly an efficient recap of events anyone familiar with the story (or even the trailer) already know about. However, Quiz succeeds largely on the strength of its cast, who infuse its weighty set-up with riveting, unsentimental character work. Some teens might be interested, but it's probably mostly adults who remember the absolute fervor around the show that will be most intrigued by this tale. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. How was the show conceived? What made it different from typical game shows? Why do you think it was so popular?

  • What were some of the unintended consequences of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire's popularity? How did fans react to it? How do the Ingrams respond to the show? Why do they respond this way?

  • What are some of the ways that contestants gain competitive advantages on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Do you consider these methods cheating? Why or why not? What are the ethical implications behind the Ingrams' actions?

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