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Win Ben Stein's Money is an American television game show created by Al Burton and Donnie Brainard that aired first-run episodes from July 28, 1997 to January 31, 2003, on Comedy Central. The show featured three contestants who competed to answer general knowledge questions in order to win the grand prize of $5,000 from the show's host, Ben Stein. In the second half of each episode, Stein participated as a "common" contestant in order to defend his money from being taken by his competitors. The show won six Daytime Emmy awards, with Stein and Jimmy Kimmel, the show's original co-host, sharing the Outstanding Game Show Host award in 1999. The show was produced by Valleycrest Productions, Ltd. and distributed by Buena Vista Television, both subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company.
Win Ben Stein’s Money (1997–2002)
TV Series | TV-PG | 30 min | Comedy , Game-Show
Jeopardy-like game show featuring Ben Stein as both a host and a contestant. The second and third rounds of the game are played by Ben Stein himself as he tries to defend “his” money . See full summary »
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The other two, of course, are “Jeopardy” and ” Who Wants to be a Millionaire”.
This is a game show for the Gen-X crowd. Despite that, it is entertaining and informative, even to a Baby Boomer like myself. Others have already outlined the format, so I won’t rehash that aspect of the show. I will, however, point out that the host, Ben Stein, carries enough credentials and just plain smarts (check his IMDb bio!) into this program that anyone who bests him has definitely earned his bragging rights.
As noted in other reviews, it is only seen over the Comedy Central cable channel, and because of this the envelope can be pushed a bit further than if it were broadcast over ABC or CBS. There are a fair amount of double entendres and other scatological humor, and you are apt to hear a couple of George Carlin’s famous seven words, so you might want to give this one a pass if you are easily offended. But the questions are challenging, and the climactic “Best of Ten Test of Knowledge” is apt to run the gamut from 16th century monarchs to last week’s newspaper headlines.
If “potty humor” and bad puns don’t offend you, and you are able to get Comedy Central, tune it in. It won’t be long before you too will think that you “. might have a chance, albeit a small one, to WIN BEN STEIN’S MONEY!!”
With Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy M. Pimental, Sal Iacono. Jeopardy-like game show featuring Ben Stein as both a host and a contestant. The second and third rounds of the game are played by Ben Stein himself as he tries to defend "his" money against the lowly contestants.