YMMV: 1 vs. 100

  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One question was "Which one of these celebrities has never been charged with a DUI?", with Lindsay Lohan being an answer. The correct answer was Lohan, as the episode was taped before she was charged.
  • Funny Moments: See What an Idiot, below.
  • Padding: Not as much as Deal or No Deal, but still there in the NBC version.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: The Xbox version (technically Seasons 3-4) had the same format as the end of the NBC run (every ten Mob members eliminated moved you up the money ladder) with no padding, no cliffhangers, and very little stalling. In addition, Extended Play had several 2x Bonus Questions during each game and a 3x Bonus Question wrapping up each session.
    • Season 2 of Live / Extended Play ("Season 4") managed to improve on this through a host of new features, including Achievements and a level-up system (the more {and better} you played, the more dance moves you unlocked and the better your chances of being selected for the One/Mob) — plus a new, larger set.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The rules changed considerably throughout the NBC run, beginning with tweaks to the payout ladder and helps. Upon the beginning of Season 2, this was replaced by a money ladder system where the total value won increased for every ten players eliminated (a format carried over to the Xbox and GSN runs).
    • The GSN version ("Season 5") had smaller prizes, the Mob being turned into just a video wall, and people thinking Carrie Ann was just as screamy as the contestants.
      • The smaller prizes and video wall were an unfortunate but necessary change, considering GSN didn't have nearly a big enough budget to offer $1,000,000 prizes and the original NBC set took up multiple soundstages. Why, though, GSN went for the Americanized walk-away format instead of the original European all-or-nothing format, we'll never know. Nobody (besides that dumb woman who walked with $100) is ever going to be tempted by anything but the largest prizes.
  • What an Idiot:
    • One Mob member missed a question that essentially asked what a "#2 Dixon Ticonderoga" is, guessing a lunchbox instead of the right answer of a pencil. When asked to explain her guess, she figured that since "#2" is slang for a bowel movement, that "lunchbox" was slang for a really big bowel movement.
    • One contestant, when asked if the US flag has more red stripes, white stripes, or the same number of each, polled the mob and asked how many said they had the same number. After seeing the low response, she said that she knew the flag had an odd number of stripes... essentially wasting the help.
    • One question asked how many six-packs would get you 99 bottles of beer, with the choices being greater than, less than or exactly fifteen. The contestant used a help, claiming to not know much about beer. The question also knocked out a ton of mob members who, when interviewed, said they weren't beer drinkers either. That's great, but the question was a math problem!
    • One for the One: The very first One on the American version to lose to the Mob got handed a question that he used both of the Helps that were allowed at the time on it. At this point in the game, about half of the Mob was still around, including Ken Jennings. The first help, "Poll The Mob", had only 4 players picking the answer he asked about, and Jennings wasn't one of them.
      You'd Expect For him to realize that at this relatively early stage, Four Is Death, and the answer they chose is clearly wrong.
      Instead He uses his other Help, still thinking that answer. This can be somewhat justified, but...
      This Results In The second Help, "Ask The Mob", picks two members, one who had the correct answer, and, as it turns out, one of the 4 players who gave the answer he polled about earlier. They have to be honest with which answer they chose, but can be deceptive about why. This knocks out the other incorrect answer, by the way.
      You'd Expect For him to get it right. There is really no reason to trust one of the four at this point when everyone else said the other one.
      Instead He locks in the answer the 4 players chose, because that was "his first instinct."
      The result To not many people's surprise, he gets it wrong, and loses the entire game alongside the "fantastic four" plus one other person who had given the other wrong answer, losing his money to the Mob and Ken Jennings, who all got it right.
  • February 2008: the American version aired a pop culture-themed episode and brought on a contestant who claimed to be a pop culture buff. He was asked which movie—The Simpsons Movie, Spider-Man 3, or Superbad—had fittingly premiered in Springfield, Vermont.
    You'd Expect: The guy knows The Simpsons takes place in a town called Springfield, and goes with The Simpsons Movie.
    Instead: He leaned towards Superbad; he Polled the Mob about it, and found that only three of them had chosen it. Still unsure, he Asked the Mob; the two Asked members had chosen Simpsons and Superbad, which ruled out Spider-Man 3.
    You'd Then Expect: The contestant figures Simpsons is correct, since only a few Mob members chose Superbad.
    Instead: STILL unsure, he wasted his one remaining help by Trusting the Mob. He moved on and got a sneak peek at the next question—it was about Patti Scialfa, whom he had never heard of before.
    You'd THEN Expect: The contestant takes his stupidly earned money and leaves.
    INSTEAD: He kept going, despite having no helps and knowing nothing about the question's subject.
    FINALLY: The question asked which musical artist Scialfa used to sing back-up for. The correct answer was Bruce Springsteen, but the contestant ruled him out and chose someone else, thus leaving the show with nothing while the surviving Mob earned his money.
    Contestant's "Justification": He didn't know anything about Springsteen's backup singers, so he decided it couldn't be him. That was literally his reasoning.