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Three contestants began the game, each with fairly sizable amounts of debt (ranging from $6,000 to $10,000). The object of the game was to eliminate your debt by answering pop culture questions, each worth "negative dollars" (i.e., -$100) that would subtract from your debt.

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Three contestants began the game, each with fairly sizable amounts of debt (ranging from $6,000 to $10,000).$10,000); the three contestants' debts were averaged to the nearest dollar for parity. The object of the game was to eliminate your debt by answering pop culture questions, each worth "negative dollars" (i.e., -$100) that would subtract from your debt.


** Considering that the second round was a near-direct clone of Bid-a-Note from ''Series/{{Name That Tune}}'', it's a wonder there were no threats of a suit from Ralph Edwards (the producer of the 1970s Name That Tune).

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** Considering that the second round was a near-direct clone of Bid-a-Note from ''Series/{{Name That Tune}}'', it's a wonder there were no threats of a suit from Ralph Edwards (the producer of the 1970s Name That Tune).


* BonusSpace: Round 1's Debt-O-Nator.
** In the first season, this was "the hardest question on the board" and was valued at $500.
** In the second season, the Debt-O-Nator was issued to an entire category and was worth double the dollars.



* BonusSpace: Round 1's Debt-O-Nator.
** In the first season, this was "the hardest question on the board" and was valued at $500.
** In the second season, the Debt-O-Nator was issued to an entire category and was worth double the dollars.



* WritersCannotDoMath: If you add a negative number (the value of the clues) to a negative number (the player's score), the sum would be even lower, thus the contestant would end up going ''deeper'' into debt.

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* WritersCannotDoMath: If you add a negative number (the value of the clues) to a negative number (the player's score), the sum would be even lower, thus the contestant would end up going ''deeper'' into debt. Presumably they simply opted to overlook this, otherwise the game wouldn't work.


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[[caption-width-right:350:The set and logo from the first season.]]



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[[caption-width-right:350:The set and logo from the first season.]]


-->OpeningNarration, as read by '''Wink Martindale'''.

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-->OpeningNarration, -->-- OpeningNarration, as read by '''Wink Martindale'''.
Martindale'''


American GameShow hosted by genre veteran Wink Martindale which ran on Lifetime from 1996-98, and could be argued as the UrExample of the show that revived the whole genre after an early-1990s swoon. It aired on Creator/{{Lifetime}}, a cable/satellite network that caters to women. It got good ratings but was canceled after two seasons when it was learned that some [[PeripheryDemographic half of those ratings came from viewers who were men]].

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American GameShow hosted by genre veteran Wink Martindale which ran on Lifetime Creator/{{Lifetime}} from 1996-98, and could be argued as the UrExample of the show that revived the whole genre after an early-1990s swoon. It aired on Creator/{{Lifetime}}, a cable/satellite network that caters to women.swoon. It got good ratings but was canceled after two seasons when it was learned that some [[PeripheryDemographic half of those ratings came from viewers who were men]].


** The first round was changed after threats of a lawsuit from Merv Griffin, claiming too much resemblance to ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.

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** The first round was changed after threats of a lawsuit from Columbia [=TriStar=] Television, successor in interest to Merv Griffin, Griffin Enterprises, claiming too much resemblance to ''Series/{{Jeopardy}}''.


** The original logo looked almost exactly like the Visa card logo and, after threats of a lawsuit, was changed to a more generic maroon title surrounded by a light-blue border.

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** The original logo looked almost exactly like the Visa card logo and, after threats of a lawsuit, was changed to a more generic maroon red title surrounded by a light-blue light-green border.

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[[caption-width-right:350:The set and logo from the first season.]]


** GameShowHost: Wink Martindale. Commonly known as one of the cheesier hosts in the business, he turned it UpToEleven for this show.

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** GameShowHost: Wink Martindale.Martindale, best known for ''Series/TicTacDough''. Commonly known as one of the cheesier hosts in the business, he turned it UpToEleven for this show.

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* NonStandardGameOver: Gambling Debt could end as early as the ''third'' category if one contestant got too far behind of the other, making it mathematically impossible to catch up.


Three contestants began the game, each with fairly sizable amounts of debt (ranging from about $6,000 to over $8,000). The object of the game was to eliminate your debt by answering pop culture questions, each worth "negative dollars" (i.e., -$100) that would subtract from your debt.

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Three contestants began the game, each with fairly sizable amounts of debt (ranging from about $6,000 to over $8,000).$10,000). The object of the game was to eliminate your debt by answering pop culture questions, each worth "negative dollars" (i.e., -$100) that would subtract from your debt.


-->Opening spiel, as read by '''Wink Martindale'''.

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-->Opening spiel, -->OpeningNarration, as read by '''Wink Martindale'''.



* '''Round 1 - General Debt:''' Five categories were shown, each with five clues worth from -$50 to -$250. One of the players picked a clue, which was read as a first-person clue ("I'm the TV show about a bar 'where everybody knows your name'."). Players would then buzz in and answer it with a second-person response ("You are ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Wink!") Wrong answers added to your debt. One clue was called the "Debt-O-Nator", and was worth -$500 for getting it right. In the second season, the rules were changed so that players simply picked the category and had all five clues read in increasing order, the Debt-O-Nator double the value of one category's clues, a -$1 toss-up was asked to award control at the start (originally the player with the most real-life debt started off), and players no longer had to answer in second-person. The player with the most debt remaining after time was called was eliminated.

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* '''Round 1 - General Debt:''' Five categories were shown, each with five clues worth from -$50 to -$250. One of the players picked a clue, which was read as a first-person clue ("I'm (e.g., "I'm the TV show about a bar 'where everybody knows your name'."). Players would then buzz in and answer it with a second-person response ("You (e.g., "You are ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Wink!") Wrong answers added to your debt. One clue was called the "Debt-O-Nator", and was worth -$500 for getting it right. In the second season, the rules were changed so that players simply picked the category and had all five clues read in increasing order, the Debt-O-Nator double doubled the value of one category's clues, a -$1 toss-up was asked to award control at the start (originally the player with the most real-life debt started off), and players no longer had to answer in second-person. The player with the most debt remaining after time was called was eliminated.



* ConsolationPrize: Players eliminated in the first two rounds got a ''Debt''-branded piggy bank and a savings bond ($200 for the Round 1 loser, $500 for the Round 2 loser). Players who bombed on Bet Your Debt got either a $1,000 or $1,500 savings bond, depending on whether they had initially won Get Outta Debt or not.

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* ConsolationPrize: Players eliminated in the first two rounds got a ''Debt''-branded piggy bank and a savings bond ($200 for the Round 1 loser, $500 for the Round 2 loser). Players who bombed on Bet Your Debt got either a $1,000 or $1,500 savings bond, depending on whether or not they had initially won Get Outta Debt or not.Debt.



* YouWannaGetSued: The original logo looked almost exactly like the Visa card logo and, after threats of a lawsuit, was changed to a more generic maroon title surrounded by a light-blue border.

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* YouWannaGetSued: YouWannaGetSued:
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The original logo looked almost exactly like the Visa card logo and, after threats of a lawsuit, was changed to a more generic maroon title surrounded by a light-blue border.


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* RulesSpiel: Pretty much all the rules, but most notably ''"All of our questions use the 'I am/You are' format, and you will be penalized for an incorrect answer."''

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* RulesSpiel: Pretty much all the rules, but most notably ''"All "All of our questions use the 'I am/You are' format, and you will be penalized for an incorrect answer."''"

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