In Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, 15 questions need to be answered by the contestants to win the 1 million dollar prize.
Type: Game Show
Runtime: 30 minutes
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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? (abbreviated WWTBAM and informally known as simply Millionaire) is an international television game show franchise of British origin, created by David Briggs, Mike Whitehill and Steven Knight. In its format, currently owned and licensed by Sony Pictures Television, contestants tackle a series of multiple-choice questions to win large cash prizes, with the format being a twist on the game show genre - only one contestant plays at a time, similar to radio quizzes; contestants are given the question before attempting an answer, and have no time limit to answer questions; and the amount offered increases as they tackle questions that become increasingly difficult. The maximum cash prize offered in most versions of the format is one million of the local currency. The original British version debuted on 4 September 1998, and was aired until its final episode on 11 February 2014; a revived series of seven episodes to commemorate its 20th anniversary in 2018, were aired from 5 to 11 May. Since its debut, international variants of the game show have been aired in around 160 countries worldwide.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire - Catchphrase - Netflix
Millionaire has made catchphrases out of several lines used on the show. The most well-known of these catchphrases is the host's question “Is that your final answer?”, asked whenever a contestant's answer needs to be verified. The question is asked because the rules require that the contestants must clearly indicate their choices before they are made official, the nature of the game allowing them to ponder the options before committing to an answer. Regularly on tier-three questions, a dramatic pause occurs between the contestant's statement of their answer and the host's acknowledgement of whether or not it is correct. Many parodies of Millionaire have capitalised on the “final answer” catchphrase. In the United States, the phrase was popularised by Philbin during his tenure as the host of that country's version, to the extent that TV Land listed it in its special 100 Greatest TV Quotes and Catchphrases, which aired in 2006. On the Australian versions, McGuire replaces the phrase with “Lock it in?”; likewise, the Indian version's hosts have used varying “lock” catchphrases. There are also a number of other non-English versions of Millionaire where the host does not ask “[Is that your] final answer?” or a literal translation thereof. Besides the “final answer” question, other catchphrases used on the show include the contestants' requests to use lifelines, such as “I'd like to phone a friend”; and a line that Tarrant spoke whenever a contestant was struggling with a particular question, “Some questions are only easy if you know the answer.”
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