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Series / Bet on Your Baby

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Game Show on ABC hosted by Melissa Peterman which involves making predictions on one of the most unpredictable things you could ever predict: the actions of a young child.

Four couples play per episode; one half takes their child into a "Babydome" to try and get them to perform a task, while the other half must predict how well they do. If the punter gets it right, the couple wins $5,000 in college tuition for their child. Regardless of performance, the four couples then get a chance to play a qualifying game for a chance at $50,000 in tuition in a Bonus Round: all of the babies are invited into the Babydome again to play with toys on the floor, while the couples must correctly guess a rebus puzzle that their play gradually uncovers. The winning couple then smash open up to five piggy banks to determine their final prize.


That's about it, actually. The first season was burned off on Saturday nights beginning in April 2013. Somehow it got renewed, and promptly returned in June 2014 on, yet again, Saturday nights.

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  • Luck-Based Mission: It depends, really.
  • Recycled In Space: It's Beat the Clock WITH BABIES
    • And the most recent Let's Make a Deal has also had an occasional minigame involving smashing open piggy banks.
  • Scenery Porn: The BABYDOME, the futuristic daycare-like setting that the challenges were performed in.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Baby Races, a game show broadcast by The Network Currently Known As Freeform (oddly enough, host Melissa Peterman's acting claim to fame is another Freeform show) and produced by Goodson-Todman alumni Robert Sherman; it was a bit more competitive, as was The Baby Game (an even more obscure 1968 entry that also aired on ABC).


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