That's the Question

Two-season wonder from GSN hosted by Bob Goen, in which two players competed in a word game that's a bit of a cross between Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy.

The first question simply revealed one letter at a time until someone rang in, to determine who started. From then on, Bob asked trivia questions. A randomizer hopped along a blank word puzzle which spelled out a trivia question; once the randomizer stopped, the players took turns answering more trivia questions. They were given the answer, but scrambled with one letter added; correctly unscrambling the answer dropped the extra letter into the word puzzle. If the contestant thought they knew the question, they could stop and read it for five points.

Round 2 was the same, with doubled values, and the answer to the question was no longer spotted at the top of the round.

Game Show Tropes in use:

  • Bonus Round: A one-man version of the main game, basically. Doing better in the main game also gave a better chance to win, since your points were converted straight across to seconds, followed by 10 more seconds at the end to guess the question and give the answer for $5,000. Fail, win just $500.
  • Double The Dollars
  • Personnel:
    • Game Show Host: Bob Goen, no stranger to the genre, 13 years after his last hosting gig (the short-lived Born Lucky).
    • Studio Audience: Averted, as with most GSN originals.

This show provides examples of:

  • Foreign Remake: It's a remake of a Dutch game and, much like Lingo, Season 1 was filmed on the Dutch set.
  • Rouge Angles of Satin: Season 1 had this in nearly every round, sometimes coupled with research failures (such as calling the Pathfinder a Toyota car instead of Nissan or claiming that the Mario Brothers debuted in Donkey Kong).
  • Title Drop: Bob said "That's the question!" every time the contestant correctly read the question.