Who Wants to Be a Millionaire

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Popular with kids
Iconic game show offers mind-tickling fun for families.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 10 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show's intention is to entertain, but you can't help picking up new facts and bits of trivia as you watch.

Positive Messages

Contestants often share emotional stories about how winning large amounts of cash might change their lives. There's an element of greed to some participants' actions as they decide whether to take their winnings and leave or risk it for a possible larger amount. That said, the series rewards a mastery of general knowledge and a sense of strategy.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Most of the contestants are good sports and, when applicable, handle loss gracefully. The host sometimes draws out the suspense of saying whether an answer is right or not -- which makes for entertaining TV but is probably agony for the players.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Occasional teasing innuendoes during host/contestant banter, but they're rare and pretty tame.


Skype, AT&T, and AOL receive mention as a show sponsors.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this game show is a worry-free option for families with tweens and up. There’s nothing about its content that's likely to concern parents aside from a few well-placed plugs for show sponsors, and the quiz-style format makes for fun play-along viewing. As with any contest, there’s the potential for some risk-taking and the possibility that a participant’s greed could result in the loss of winnings, but overall it’s good, family-friendly entertainment that rewards well-rounded knowledge.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byandrew. May 4, 2015

awesome show

In this show you can learn a lot!
Kid, 11 years old September 1, 2019


A nice game show but NO excitement
Teen, 14 years old Written byTonightTonight92904 November 3, 2018

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What's the story?

Contestants on WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE put their general knowledge reserves to the test for the chance to earn (you guessed it) up to $1 million. Each must answer a series of trivia questions of increasing difficulty; if they get all 15 right, they get the million. Players have several "lifelines," which let them ask for help if they’re stumped, and they can walk away at any time with the money they’ve already earned. The daily syndicated version of the show is hosted by Meredith Vieira, but Regis Philbin stands in for the show's primetime "event" runs.

Is it any good?

This iconic show -- which made household terms out of phrases like "Is that your final answer?" -- remains a staple in the modern game-show industry. After a three-year heyday in primetime starting in 1999 (during which it was broadcast as often as four nights a week), the show moved to daytime TV and adopted some new rules, imposing time limits for contestants’ answers and adding a fourth lifeline option that was earned when a player surpassed a designated monetary value. Other minor format changes have occurred through the years, serving to streamline and expedite the show.

No matter which versio you end up watching, Millionaire continues to entertain families -- and the good news is that there’s no reason to sweat sharing it with your tweens and teens. It’s fun to put your own grasp of trivia up against the contestants' as you watch at home, and you’ll probably learn something new each time you tune in. The only issue that adults might have with the content is the deliberate mention of sponsors like AT&T, Skype, and AOL, but in today’s commercialized media market, even these instances seem slight.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about taking risks. How do you weigh the pros and cons of taking risks? Are you generally a risk-taker, or do you like to play things safe? What would you have done in a particular contestant’s position? When in your own life has taking a risk paid off?

  • How does the media market products? What, if any, product placement did you notice in this show? What benefits do show sponsors receive? Do you change your buying habits based on what you see on TV?

  • If you won a large sum of money, what would you do with it? How would your actions pay off in the long run?

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