The quintessential board game used in television to indicate, first, a test of skills among characters to see which one is the smartest, and second, an excuse for hilarious bickering as players argue over whether someone is winning because he's actually smarter or because he's getting ludicrously easy questions. In shorthand, while many board games are treated as luck-based missions for which the winner is of little ultimate consequence, Trivial Pursuit will be a matter of Serious Business. The irony will not be lost on those who realize that the game's title is a pun on the old expression "trivial pursuits"; i.e, pointless adventures that never accomplish anything.The rules to this game are almost always irrelevant in terms of its use on television, but for what it's worth, the object is to collect six different colored spokes, each color corresponding to a different general interest category, and put them into the player's game piece, a wheel. Because of their shape, the spokes are often referred to as 'pieces of cheese' or 'pie pieces'. Once the wheel has all six spokes, the player may journey to the center of the board for a final question. Answer this question right, and the game is won. Otherwise, rinse and repeat.The popularity (and nature) of this game is also such that it shows up semi-regularly as a Game Show. To date, different versions have appeared in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Spain.
This board game has been a plot point in the following shows:
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