Million Dollar Password: At least it shares a name with the original


Password was one of the classic game shows. Its methodical pace encouraged thoughtful play, as opposed to today's game shows which appear to rely on dramatic music and ominous spotlights for their appeal.

This is not a clip from the game show but rather a scene from the comedy The Odd Couple in which the two characters are contestants, and as you might expect from a sitcom, they fail spectacularly. But even from the clip, you can get a pretty good feel for how the game is played.

The new version is nothing like it. It's really "try to guess a word which your partner describes in three words."

The strategy of deciding whether to "pass or play": Gone.

Picking up a miss from the opponent: Gone.

It sounds like the folks at BuzzerBlog aren't big fans of the remake either.

Comments (6)
  1. GregM says:

    The new one does seem more like "Pyramid" than "Password".

  2. Robert Barth says:

    I don’t know if you noticed lately, but with all the kids with ADD and ADHD, the old Password show would last ten seconds before killing its audience. The new one, while different, is just probably more entertaining, IMO.

  3. Cereal says:

    Hasn’t inflation ruined the US dollar enough already that a "million dollar" game show shouldn’t require rule changes?

  4. Nick says:

    But it has Regis!!~

    Seriously though, I agree.  Every new gameshow they come up with (I use the word "new" very loosely here) is worse than the previous.  The only gameshows I watch are ones that take at least a little skill or knowledge, usually old standbys like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.  Random is okay, but not if the entire show is one random event after another.

  5. Alexander Grigoriev says:

    Holden: "Describe in single words only the good things that come into your mind about… your mother.

    Leon: "Let me tell you about my mother.

  6. peterchen says:

    Robert Barth: That’s like putting more beer in the fridge ’cause your guests are all alcoholics :-)

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