Two teams of three players competed. In each of the first four rounds, a 25-point toss-up question about television was asked. The team that answered that question correctly got first crack at three follow-up questions, each worth 25 points. Each player on a team can only answer one follow-up question per round, and if a wrong answer is given, the other team gets to play the remaining toss-ups. During the third and fourth rounds, the point values of each question is doubled.
In the fifth round, a total of six questions were played, with each team member playing one-on-one against each other twice. When a player buzzes in, a randomizer stops on the point value of that question, from 50 to 200 points, or a "Couch Up" (meaning the trailing team could match the leaders' score). After those six questions, the team with the most points wins the game and $1000; the losing team gets "cancelled".
End Game Rules ("Channel Roulette")
In the bonus round, the players were shown channel numbers from 2-13. Behind each channel was a cast photo from a particular TV show, along with a point value attached to each photo. The team had 30 seconds to accumulate 1000 points by taking turns to pick a channel and identify the show that the cast was from. Hidden behind one of the channels was a "Pay TV" sign, which reset the team's score. If the team could get 1000 points before time ran out, they won $5000. If not, they got $1 a point.