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Game Show which originated in the Netherlands and has been exported to over 30 countries, with the American version originally airing on NBC. In this game, one player (the One) plays against 100 other people (the Mob). The players are asked a series of questions; if the One correctly guesses, he moves on to the next question, while all Mob members who answered incorrectly are knocked out. The goal of the One is to answer as many questions as it takes to knock out all of the Mob. If the One answers a question incorrectly, the game ends and (in some versions) the prize money is distributed amongst any remaining Mob members.

The American version ran two seasons, ending in 2008. In 2009, Microsoft revived the show in a unique way; as an Xbox Live game through a twice-weekly primetime event for all Gold members. The One and Mob remained unchanged, while the game allowed the crowd (anyone playing the game who was neither the One or a member of the Mob) to also answer questions; the top three scorers of the round got a free Xbox Live Arcade game (no small feat, as there could be up to several thousand people in the crowd at any time). Selection for being the One or a Mob member depended on score, and the game was played for Microsoft Points using the last NBC format.


Microsoft also hosted daily Extended Play games with no prizes, though scores achieved here counted toward a person's chances of being selected during Live and it was much easier to unlock Achievements. Season 2 of the Xbox run ended on February 12, 2010, but in July it was reported that the show had been canned again.

Reruns of the NBC version began airing on GSN, which became very popular, especially when combined with the then-ongoing Xbox Live version. The show was Uncanceled again on November 15, 2010 with Carrie Ann Inaba as emcee, albeit as a cheaper production with no physical setup for the Mob and a much smaller top prize of $50,000 (sometimes $100,000); the show ended again after just eight weeks.


This show provides examples of:

  • Bait-and-Switch: Whereas Millionaire has mostly straightforward questions and answers, 1 vs. 100 had questions that asked one thing but the answers were asking for something else.
    • An example from one of the video games: "Who starred in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz?" A) Liza Minelli's mom. B) Ashley Judd's mom. C) Jo Anne Worley's mom. answer 
    • One of the more heartbreaking examples started off innocuously enough with "What is the Capital of the United States?"...before the answers bumped the question to Nintendo Hard and cost the One his game and over $250,000 when he Trusted the Mob and 10 out of the 15 players got it wrong (at least six would have had to agree to make a majority, with 8 being the most likely in this scenario; 10 only made it clear that there was no chance the correct answer could be given by the majority, making "Trust The Mob" a game-ender instead of a "Help"; the other 5 "minority" players got $52,600 each).
      • The choices were A) "The city whose mayor is Richard Daley." (Chicago, the wrong answer the Mob majority picked and what the One got stuck with when he used "Trust the Mob"). B) "The city whose mayor is Adrian Fenty." (Washington D.C., which makes this the correct answer; 5 Mob members answered this, making "Trust the Mob" worse than useless). C) "The city whose mayor is Gavin Newsome." (San Francisco)).
    • Another one from the NBC run: Who was the first President of the United States? A) The one born in Maryland, B) The one born in Pennsylvania, or C) The one born in Virginia? answer 
  • Bonus Round: The 3x Bonus Question in Extended Play, which wrapped up each session.
  • Bonus Space: The 2x Bonus Questions in Extended Play, and Powerchips in the iOS version.
  • Catchphrase:
    • "Do you want the money, or do you want the Mob?"
    • "It's 1 vs. X!" (with X being the remaining number of players in the Mob)
  • Christmas Episode: One episode featured a Mob representing the gifts in the song "The 12 Days of Christmas", Santa Claus, and a small group of elves.
  • Commercial Break Cliffhanger: Occasionally done.
  • From a Certain Point of View: Since the Xbox era came between the NBC and GSN runs, Live could reasonably be considered Seasons 3-4 with the GSN version hence being Season 5 (and is, for the purposes of this site).
  • Fake Difficulty: Some of the higher tier questions can fall under this. See Bait-and-Switch above.
  • Game Show Host: Bob Saget on NBC. The Xbox version had Chris Cashman live but Jen Taylor (pre-recorded) actually on-set; Jen, again in pre-recorded form, also hosted Extended Play. Carrie Ann Inaba hosted the GSN run, but announced via Twitter that she wouldn't be returning if the show was renewed.
  • Guest Host: Occasionally, Live brought in celebrities that the Xbox audience was likely to know (such as Cliffy B, Gabe, and Tycho) to serve as an additional source of commentary.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • 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!
  • Lifelines:
    • "Trust the Mob", present in all American versions, where the most popular answer among the Mob is automatically locked in.
    • The NBC run had two other helps: "Poll the Mob" note , and "Ask the Mob" note .
    • The Xbox run used "Trust the Crowd" note  and "Trust the Top 10" note .
    • The GSN version removed "Ask the Mob".
    • Most versions before the NBC one gave the contestant a number of "Dodges" note  and a "Double" note .
    • The British version had a Double and three Dodges, granted after the first question. The former doubled the prize money for that question, whereas the latter skipped the question at the cost of half the accumulated money, and no reward for that question. A fourth Dodge could be optionally acquired after 75 of the 100 were eliminated, but the question for it couldn't itself be dodged.
    • The Korean version calls these "chances": "One person's answer" note , "Two persons' answers" note , and "100 people's answer" note .
    • In Season 1 of the NBC run, after The One was down to 25 or fewer Mob members, a sneak peek at the next question would be given before The One decided whether to take the money or the Mob. Also used in Season 2 after The One used all of his/her helps.
  • Repeating Ad: Extended Play featured ad breaks every few questions; the commercials were repeated extremely frequently, especially early on.
  • Temporary Online Content: When the Xbox Live version was canned, all of its content was removed rather than just the live shows (presumably not to conflict with the upcoming GSN iteration). Didn't get all the Achievements? Too bad!
  • Title Drop: Before the first question, the host shouted "It's 1 vs. 100!" Each successive question decreased it to "1 vs. x".
  • Trailers Always Spoil: NBC promoted the hell out of the only $1,000,000 win, including in the episode itself. Averted on the episode's Canadian broadcast, where the big event wasn't spoiled beforehand because E! knew better.
  • Versus Title

Alternative Title(s): One Versus One Hundred