History Series / WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire

20th Jul '17 11:12:52 PM jameygamer
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* "'''Switch The Question'''": Allowed contestants to change a question that baffled them for a new question of the same value. Only available in special episodes of the UK version, but permitted for all contestants on the American version from 2004 to 2008, provided the player answered the tenth question (then reduced to $25,000 from $32,000) correctly. Any lifelines that are used on the question before the switch do not carry over to the replacement question. It was removed when the show moved on to the Timed format, but it returned for the special kids games in the revival of the Classic format, now known as '''Cut The Question'''.

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* "'''Switch The Question'''": Allowed contestants to change a question that baffled them for a new question of the same value. Only available in special episodes of the UK version, but permitted for all contestants on the American version from 2004 to 2008, provided the player answered the tenth question (then reduced to $25,000 from $32,000) correctly. Any lifelines that are used on the question before the switch do not carry over to the replacement question. It was removed when the show moved on to the Timed format, but it returned for the special kids games in the revival of the Classic format, now known as '''Cut "'''Cut The Question'''.Question'''".
20th Jul '17 11:12:24 PM jameygamer
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* "'''Switch The Question'''": Allowed contestants to change a question that baffled them for a new question of the same value. Only available in special episodes of the UK version, but permitted for all contestants on the American version from 2004 to 2008, provided the player answered the tenth question (then reduced to $25,000 from $32,000) correctly. It was removed when the show moved on to the Timed format.

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* "'''Switch The Question'''": Allowed contestants to change a question that baffled them for a new question of the same value. Only available in special episodes of the UK version, but permitted for all contestants on the American version from 2004 to 2008, provided the player answered the tenth question (then reduced to $25,000 from $32,000) correctly. Any lifelines that are used on the question before the switch do not carry over to the replacement question. It was removed when the show moved on to the Timed format.format, but it returned for the special kids games in the revival of the Classic format, now known as '''Cut The Question'''.
17th Jun '17 2:53:40 PM LtFedora
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*** He also had a habit of saying "If you went with that answer, I'd take that cheque...rip it into little pieces...", especially during the higher questions or when the contestant decides to walk away.
2nd Jun '17 2:37:43 PM Trialman
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** Chris also had a tendency to ask a variation of, "Why are you so sure?", when the contestant shows a lot of confidence on an obscure question.
6th May '17 1:49:40 PM luiz4200
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The Brazilian version was originally called "Jogo do Milhão" (Million Game). However, the Brazilian network broadcasting it (SBT) had to rename it because the word 'Jogo' suggested gambling. (Many assume it was an exaggeration from MoralWatchdogs) The Brazilian version became known as "Show do Milhão" (Million Show) ever since. In that version, each contestant who got the chance to answer the million real (Brazilian currency) question was traditionally given twenty seconds before deciding between risking all the money they've got so far (R$ 500,000.00) or playing it safe by keeping the money and not answering the final question. The player can stop at any time they desire and those who do so keep all the money they earned to that point. The prize was usually (if not always) delivered as gold bars.

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The Brazilian version was originally called "Jogo do Milhão" (Million Game). However, the Brazilian network broadcasting it (SBT) had to rename it because the word 'Jogo' suggested gambling. (Many assume it was an exaggeration from MoralWatchdogs) The Brazilian version became known as "Show do Milhão" (Million Show) ever since. In that version, each contestant who got the chance to answer the million real (Brazilian currency) question was traditionally given twenty seconds before deciding between risking all the money they've got so far (R$ 500,000.00) or playing it safe by keeping the money and not answering the final question. The player can stop at any time they desire and those who do so keep all the money they earned to that point. The prize was usually (if not always) delivered as gold bars.
bars. Nowadays another Brazilian network (Globo) broadcasts a version more faithful to the original work.
24th Mar '17 7:24:26 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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15th Feb '17 10:53:04 PM jameygamer
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* "'''Phone-A-Friend'''": The contestant is given thirty seconds to speak to someone (whom they chose beforehand) on the phone. Discontinued in October 2009, since it had become "Phone-A-Google-User" in practice. The British version fixed this problem by bringing in the contestant's three friends backstage and isolated them in {{Sound Proof Booth}}s until they were called.
* "'''50:50'''": Two wrong answers are eliminated; originally, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard this removed the two most obviously-wrong answers]], but later changed to removing two wrong answers at random... well, ''maybe'' random. Replaced by Double Dip in 2008 with the introduction of the Clock format but later reintroduced in 2015, replacing the remaining Jump the Question from the now-retired shuffle format.
* "'''Switch The Question'''": Allowed contestants to change a question that baffled them for a new question of the same value. Only available in special episodes of the UK version, but permitted for all contestants on the American version from 2004 to 2008, provided the player answered the tenth question (then reduced to $25,000 from $32,000) correctly.
* "'''Double Dip'''": Used only on ''Super Millionaire'' at first, but later replaced 50:50 in the American version in 2008. Contestants are allowed to make two guesses at the same question, but once this lifeline is used, they are locked into answering the question and cannot walk away, nor can they use any further lifelines on that question.
* "'''Ask The Expert'''": After winning $1,000 (later $5,000) on the US version, the contestant earned this lifeline. Ask the Expert was basically an enhanced Phone-A-Friend, but with a (sometimes) genuinely-smarter person. In early 2010, this lifeline replaced Phone-A-Friend and was available from the outset.

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* "'''Phone-A-Friend'''": The contestant is given thirty seconds to speak to someone (whom they chose beforehand) on the phone. Discontinued in October 2009, since it had become "Phone-A-Google-User" in practice.practice (the rest of that season had the "Ask The Expert" lifeline replace it from the start of the game). The British version fixed this problem by bringing in the contestant's three friends backstage and isolated them in {{Sound Proof Booth}}s until they were called.
* "'''50:50'''": Two wrong answers are eliminated; originally, [[TheComputerIsACheatingBastard this removed the two most obviously-wrong answers]], but later changed to removing two wrong answers at random... well, ''maybe'' random. Replaced by Double Dip in 2008 with the introduction of the Clock format but later reintroduced in 2015, replacing the remaining Jump the Question from the now-retired shuffle Shuffle format.
* "'''Switch The Question'''": Allowed contestants to change a question that baffled them for a new question of the same value. Only available in special episodes of the UK version, but permitted for all contestants on the American version from 2004 to 2008, provided the player answered the tenth question (then reduced to $25,000 from $32,000) correctly.
correctly. It was removed when the show moved on to the Timed format.
* "'''Double Dip'''": Used only on ''Super Millionaire'' at first, but later replaced 50:50 in the American version in 2008. Contestants are allowed to make two guesses at the same question, but once this lifeline is used, they are locked into answering the question and cannot walk away, nor can they use any further lifelines on that question.
question. It was removed when the show moved on to the Shuffle format.
* "'''Ask The Expert'''": After winning $1,000 (later $5,000) on the US version, the contestant earned this lifeline. Ask the Expert was basically an enhanced Phone-A-Friend, but with a (sometimes) genuinely-smarter person. In early 2010, this lifeline replaced Phone-A-Friend and was available from the outset. It was removed when the show moved on to the Shuffle format.



* "'''Jump the Question'''": Used only on the new shuffle format implemented on the American version in September 2010, the player skips to the next question and does not earn its resulting payout (the payout goes out of play in the first round (the shuffle round) and the question value is merely passed up in the second round (Classic Millionaire)). A contestant received two jumps up until the 2014-15 season. The remaining Jump will be replaced in the 2015-16 season.

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* "'''Jump the Question'''": Used only on the new shuffle format implemented on the American version in September 2010, the player skips to the next question and does not earn its resulting payout (the payout goes out of play in the first round (the shuffle round) and the question value is merely passed up in the second round (Classic Millionaire)). A contestant received two jumps up until the 2014-15 season. The remaining Jump will be replaced was removed in the 2015-16 season.season when the Shuffle format was discontinued and the show returned to the "classic" format.



* "'''Crystal Ball'''": Allows the contestant to reveal the cash value of one question in the shuffled portion of the game. It first appeared during the 2012 Halloween Week episodes in America, and is set to return for a week in January 2013.

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* "'''Crystal Ball'''": Allows the contestant to reveal the cash value of one question in the shuffled portion of the game. It first appeared during the 2012 Halloween Week episodes in America, and returned several times throughout the rest of the Shuffle format. The lifeline is only good for the first 9 questions out of 14, as the player would know the value of the last shuffled question and the final four questions are set amounts; if the Crystal Ball was not used prior to return Question 9, it was removed automatically for a week in January 2013. the last 5 questions.
21st Jan '17 3:59:56 AM Screwhorn77
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The Russian version was originally called "O Schaslivchik!" (Oh, lucky man!), but was renamed to a literal translation of its English name soon. For a period of time it was hosted by a Russian parodist Maxim Galkin, but most of the time it was (and still is) Dmitry Dibrov. The Russian version also was notorious in that the prize was one million [[FunnyMoney rubles]], which is, like, 30 times less than one million dollars. Later the prize was increased to the current sum of 6 million rubles, but it's still 5 times less.

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The Russian version was originally called "O Schaslivchik!" (Oh, lucky man!), but was renamed to a literal translation of its English name soon.after ChannelHop from NTV to Channel One. For a period of time it was hosted by a Russian parodist Maxim Galkin, but most of the time it was (and still is) Dmitry Dibrov. The Russian version also was notorious in that the prize was one million [[FunnyMoney rubles]], which is, like, 30 times less than one million dollars. Later the prize was increased to the current sum of 6 million rubles, but it's still 5 times less.
23rd Sep '16 9:46:54 AM Gimere
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In Hungary, after the departure of the original host (the new one is a well-known humorist, turning the whole show into a sort of comedy), the format was temporarily changed to a fast-paced version: Six players played a single series of 15 questions, there were no lifelines and there was a time limit of 15 seconds for questions 1-5, 30 seconds for questions 6-10 and 45 seconds for questions 11-15. Each player could "pass" once a game, which rotated the next player into the same question, and that player couldn't pass that one even if he/she hadn't passed yet. Giving a wrong answer eliminated the player and called in the next one with a new question at the same level. The total number of questions couldn't exceed 15, meaning the highest possible prize decreased as well. This version ran once a month with one normal and one CelebrityEdition game per show. The Australian version adapts a similar format. However Hungary later abandoned this comedy version in favor of going back to the original set-up, though again with a new host.

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In Hungary, after the departure of the original host (the new one is a well-known humorist, turning the whole show into a sort of comedy), the format was temporarily changed to a fast-paced version: Six players played a single series of 15 questions, there were no lifelines and there was a time limit of 15 seconds for questions 1-5, 30 seconds for questions 6-10 and 45 seconds for questions 11-15. Each player could "pass" once a game, which rotated the next player into the same question, and that player couldn't pass that one even if he/she hadn't passed yet. Giving a wrong answer eliminated the player and called in the next one with a new question at the same level. The total number of questions couldn't exceed 15, meaning the highest possible prize decreased as well. This version ran once a month with one normal and one CelebrityEdition game per show. The Australian version adapts ''Millionaire Hot Seat'' has a similar format. However Hungary later abandoned this comedy version in favor of going back to the original set-up, though again with a new host.



* AllOrNothing: In classic editions, the first two or five questions. In these editions, the questions are generally going from easiest to hardest, and the first question always has one answer that is hilariously wrong. Averted altogether in the current American format, where missing any of the first ten questions drops the contestant down to $1,000, and the difficulties are randomized in the first round (hence the universal minimum payout).

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* AllOrNothing: In classic editions, the first two or five questions. In these editions, the questions are generally going from easiest to hardest, and the first question always has one answer that is hilariously wrong. Averted altogether in the current American shuffle format, where missing any of the first ten questions drops the contestant down to $1,000, and the difficulties are randomized in the first round (hence the universal minimum payout).



* HomeGame: Board and video. Coincidentally, the latter was the first video game to reach a million sales in the United Kingdom.

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Board and video. Coincidentally, the latter was the first video game to reach a million sales in the United Kingdom.



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* EpicFail: Several times.

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* EpicFail: Several times.EpicFail:



* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Gradual, but the background music fades away as the contestant goes up the money ladder; the sole sound (aside from a held low chord) remaining at the last question is, as you might have guessed, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN1DEXYBEjE the heartbeat.]]

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* HeartbeatSoundtrack: HeartbeatSoundtrack:
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Gradual, but the background music fades away as the contestant goes up the money ladder; the sole sound (aside from a held low chord) remaining at the last question is, as you might have guessed, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cN1DEXYBEjE the heartbeat.]]



* LoopholeAbuse: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofvOXABptcY One contestant during the timer era]] constantly interrupted Vieira's reading of the answers, so that he could bank up more time for later questions. This trick could have been averted entirely if they rejiggered the clock to start ''after'' she's read the "D" answer...

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* LoopholeAbuse: LoopholeAbuse:
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[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofvOXABptcY One contestant during the timer era]] constantly interrupted Vieira's reading of the answers, so that he could bank up more time for later questions. This trick could have been averted entirely if they rejiggered the clock to start ''after'' she's read the "D" answer...



* NonStandardGameOver: In the American version's clock format, running out of time normally meant you automatically walked with whatever you had... unless you were in the midst of a Double Dip, which treated running out of time as a wrong answer because of the inability to walk away
* NintendoHard: The top tier of questions, as they should be.

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* NonStandardGameOver: In the American version's clock format, running out of time normally meant you automatically walked with whatever you had... had, unless you were in the midst of a Double Dip, which treated running out of time as a wrong answer because of the inability to walk away
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The top tier of questions, as they should be.



* UsefulNotes/{{Sweeps}}: In the US syndicated version, many of each season's best and most memorable contestants as well as games that get into the very high-level questions are aired during sweeps periods.

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In the US syndicated version, many of each season's best and most memorable contestants as well as games that get into the very high-level questions are aired during sweeps periods.
22nd Aug '16 12:34:30 PM Twentington
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* BonusMaterial:
** After the original celebrity version of the US ''Millionaire'', ABC released PopUpTrivia [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6tSPXJj0Mk versions]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzT8JiXiY2w of some]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nTByWWnMwNg of the]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZJMIBN8flY episodes]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjCNnjqwPFA which]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xx4__Guq4w8 featured]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPPUKCrB45s small tidbits]] about them.
** The show's [[http://www.youtube.com/user/millionaireTV official YouTube account]] has unique clips, such as bloopers and behind the scenes.
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