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Series / Save to Win

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Game Show that debuted as part of The CW's One Magnificent Morning block on November 5, 2016, becoming the first new network daytime game since the 2009 revival of Let's Make a Deal. It was sponsored by Family Dollar, although you could hardly tell.

In Round 1, a product rolls out on the check-out conveyor belt. A question related to that product is asked, with two possible answers. Get it right, win a point. This goes on for seven items: the first one is solely for one team, the second is for the other, and the rest are tossup questions.


Round 2 involves six food items. One player from each team is sent backstage, while the remaining members pick foods for their partner to identify. They must select one food to identify by taste, one by smell, and one by touch. Their partners are then brought out and blindfolded; correctly guessing an item wins a point.

In the third round, a shopping list with five items is read out, and the players then take turns recalling the items. Giving the last item on the list scored five points; repeating, giving a wrong item, or letting time expire tossed those points to the other side. More lists are played, each one worth 2 more points (and having 2 more items) than the last. The first team to reach 15 points wins the game and a shot at $5,000.

Never attracting much in the way of praise or viewers, Save to Win closed up shop after one season of 17 episodes.


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  • Big "NO!": Pat has a habit of screaming "OH, NOOOOOOOO!" in an over-the-top, hammy fashion anytime a contestant gets a question wrong.
  • Bonus Round: The winning team faces a set of 20 items, each with an amount of money behind it ranging from $500-$1,000. The team picks two items, and win whatever amounts they uncover. If the amounts match, the money is bumped up to $5,000.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": Every point scored by a team was called not a point, but rather "an item in your cart".
  • Christmas Episode: The 4th episode had the set decorated for Christmas, which makes some sense since it aired right after Thanksgiving...but this didn't carry over to any other episodes.
  • Clip Show: Episode #16, the next-to-last, was one. Egregiously, one of the clips actually depicts something that never happened on the show. The blink-and-you-miss-it clip shows a team winning the $5,000, having picked products 8 and 12. That's not how it went down on the actual episode - the team had really only won $1,700 by picking 4 and 16.
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  • Color-Coded Multiplayer: One team wore blue, one team wore yellow (or red, in one episode).
  • Consolation Prize: Teams that don't win the game receive a $500 shopping spree at Family Dollar.
  • Game Show Host: Celebrity chef Pat Neely.
  • Lovely Assistant: Mariana Cardenas.
  • Luck-Based Mission: The bonus round. Once you pick your first item, you have a 1 in 19 shot to win the top prize, staggering odds for such a small payout. In the 15 episodes with gameplay, nobody won the $5,000 (leading one to wonder where the aforementioned clip came from). The most any team ever won was $1,900.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The title presumably refers to saving up enough items in your cart to win, even though none of the products actually went into the teams' carts.
    • Despite Pat's intro spiel, "smart shopping" played no role whatsoever.
  • Product Placement: From Family Dollar getting a namecheck in the theme song to the set resembling a Family Dollar store to constantly showing off Family Dollar-brand goods, this show does not let you forget who sponsors it.
  • Scenery Porn: The set actually does look rather good. Notably, the score displays used Eggcrate readouts, a style that was at one time very common in game shows.
  • Something Completely Different: The above mentioned clip show of episode #16. Also Episode #17, which instead consisted entirely of behind-the-scenes footage. Also, both of these ended with cooking segments.


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