Lifespan: September 1996 - March 2003
Host: Ben Stein
Co-Hosts: Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy Pimenthal, Sal Iacomo
Produced by: Valleycrest Television
Front Game Rules
Three players competed. In the first round, five categories are shown to the players. One of them is chosen, and a question is read that will add $50-$150 to the player's score, while subtracting it from the $5000 stake that Stein offers at the start of the show. The player that buzzes in and answers correctly is also entitled to a $50 follow-up question. (If nobody gets the first question, the follow-up is available to all three of them.) At the end of the round, the lowest-scoring player is knocked out, and any winnings s/he had earned go back to Ben.
|In the second round, Stein helms a contestant podium, and the co-host now fills the role of host. Five more categories are offered, each with a question worth between $200 and $500 of Ben's money. Ben is allowed to buzz in and answer questions like the other contestants; if he answers correctly, his balance remains unchanged. At the end of this round, the contestant with the lowest score is eliminated and his/her winnings returned to Ben, and the remaining player wins the game and keeps the money s/he has fleeced to this point.
End Game Rules
Both Ben and the contestant are now locked away in sound-proof booths. In the bonus round, the contestant and Ben have 60 seconds to answer the same 10 questions. If Ben gets more right answers than the player, he keeps whatever money he has left. If the contestant outscores Ben, s/he gets the remaining money from Ben's stash, totalling $5000. If they tie, Ben gives the contestant an extra $1000.
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Win Ben Stein's Money
Gameplay: 2 pts.
The game would probably go more quickly if the contestants were allowed to buzz in while the question was read.
Host: 2 pts.
Ben Stein himself was a good host, but his co-hosts (particularly Jimmy Kimmel, one of the most unfunny miscreants this side of Adam Sandler) clashed.
Presentation: 2 pts.
A very fitting set that's sprinkled with trinkets of academia. The luxury isolation booth was a nice touch.
Execution: 1 pt.
Many people have mentioned how this was the hardest $5000 to win on a game show, and that's not necessarily a good thing.
Total Score: 7 pts.
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