Trivia / Debt

  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Wink Martindale was best known for his work on Gambit in the 1970s and Tic-Tac-Dough in the 1980s.
    • This was one of several games on which Larry Toffler competed as a contestant...after his hosting gig.
    • Frank Nicotero (of Street Smarts fame) was a contestant on the show — and he won!
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Debt hasn't been rerun since it ended in 1998.
  • Screwed by the Network: Despite pulling in respectable numbers, Debt was cancelled after two seasons. The reason? The show was skewing too heavily toward the male demographic for a network with the tagline "Television for Women".
  • What Could Have Been: Rumors floated around during the run about possibly moving it into syndication or even the broadcast network schedules (as it was produced by Disney/ABC's syndication division, then known as Buena Vista TV; they also held half a stake in Lifetime, and still do, albeit now under A&E's auspices), with an increased prize budget (up to and including a grand prize of a contestant's entire mortgage being paid off). Outside of a few test reruns on local stations, nothing ever materialized. (Consider that one year after Debt got canned, ABC premiered the total opposite of this show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?; if Debt had gone on ABC, it would've been a interesting matchup.)