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TV Review: Deal or No Deal

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Like one of those weird gravitational vortexes you read about in physics (or by watching too much Star Trek,) NBC’s Deal or No Deal sucks you into a game show where the goal is to open a series of briefcases at random. And darn it all, I can’t stop watching. Does this mean there is something wrong with me for enjoying the show? Maybe it’s time for therapy.

If you’ve never heard of the show, the premise is very simple. There are a number of briefcases, each containing from one cent up to one million dollars. No one knows what amount is in each briefcase. The briefcases are held by models (we even get to learn their names…the models, not the briefcases). A contestant picks a briefcase, which becomes “their” briefcase, and depending on how they play the game, they’ll walk away with the amount that’s inside. Which could be a penny or a million dollars.

That’s it. Contestants begin choosing briefcases at random, and as each briefcase is opened, the amount inside is revealed. For each round a certain number of briefcases must be selected. As the dollar amounts are cleared off the board, an unseen “banker” makes various offers to purchase the contestant’s briefcase, which go up or down depending on the dollar amounts already cleared from the board. I suppose if there is a strategy involved it would be the ability to figure odds once you reach a certain stage in the game.

As I said, despite the simplicity, the show is actually fun to watch. Call me surprised. And yes, it is possible to create tension from the random choices made by the contestants, because no one knows what is in their briefcase.

The show is hosted by Howie Mandel. You might be thinking that “Howie Mandel” and “game show” do not fit together, but Mandel is surprisingly effective as host. I was expecting him to be like his stand-up comic persona, but he’s not. Not that he has much to do, other than ask each model by name to open their briefcase, but he refrains from comedic antics and in fact seems to take the proceedings quite seriously.

Deal or No Deal is an international phenomenon, first debuting in Australia in 2003. It currently airs in 38 countries.

Make no mistake, Deal or No Deal will not stimulate your intelligence since little thinking is required to enjoy watching it. I usually enjoy a game show where I have to use my brain, but sometimes you need to just not think about anything, and Deal or No Deal fills that role nicely. Recommended.

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  • http://blogcritics.org Joanie

    Congrats! This article has been placed on Advance.net

  • http://INFORMATIONPLEASE BILL VALICHNAC

    I LOVE YOUR SHOW AND I FEEL I WOULD BE A GRRREAT
    CONTESTANT. I HEARD THERE WERE AUDTIONS MARCH 9 OR 10, 2006 IN THE CLEVELAND,OH AREA. CAN YOU PLEASE
    TELL ME EXACTLY WHERE THEY ARE AND WHAT TIME?

    THANKS SO MUCH

    BILL VALICHNAC

  • http://theugliestamerican.blogspot.com Andy Marsh

    I actually get a kick out of this game show…first one I’ve watched in a while.

  • http://www.scottcsmith.net Scott C. Smith

    Two articles in a row to Advance.net! Thanks, Joan.

    I’d love to get on the show. I think I could put together a real strategy for getting at the million bucks, by hiring one of those phony remote viewers to look into the cases and tell me which one had the big bucks. Or I could just guess.

  • DIAMOND

    WELL , I LIKE THE SHOW , ITS SO SIMPLE , YOU COULD BE FALLING ASLEEP AND YOU WOULD STILL UNDERSTADN THE GAME , ITS SO SIMPLE THE DUMBEST PERSON IN AMERICA COULD PLAY !LOVE IT … LIKE THE SHOW WHERE MR TRUMP WAS A SPECIAL GUEST !!!

  • http://northampton Sebestian Aams

    the first time i was wathes the show felt that it has been a thoumentic;show it is the best show on tv so long and im enjoy wathing it.

  • Jan

    I wish they didn’t feel it was necessary to use barely dressed models for the show. I like the show but can only tolerate the cleavage and boob exposure for so long. Is it a family show or not?

  • http://40hoursoftv.blogspot.com/ Scott C. Smith

    “Deal or No Deal” airs in 38 countries…who knows, maybe in one of those countries they have men holding the briefcsase!

  • Angie

    Who wouldn’t want to be on the show? Howie’s a lot more handsome than I remember.

  • Brandy

    Today was the first time watching your show Howie, now I’ll be addicted just like wheel of fortune, family fued & the rest of them. I love trying to become a contestant on game shows, but I just got to get on your show how do we do it?

  • http://www.scottcsmith.net Scott C. Smith

    I’m not sure Howie reads these boards, but if you go to here you’ll find the info on how to apply to be on the show.

  • STO

    This game is too slow. Howie wastes so much time (“I’m going to ask you a final time, deal or no deal blah blah”)…

    They need to pick up the pace (and play more than one and a half games per episode) if they want to keep viewers.

  • http://www.rodneywelch.blogspot.com/ Rodney Welch

    I think they ought to change the title to “Smart or Too Stupid to Live.”

  • Diane

    I also wish they’d pick up the pace of the show; however, the faster they go, the more money they have to hand out, so it will never happen. My guess is that they actually tell Howie to stall, in order to keep it to two contestants per show. Anybody have any advice to getting selected?

  • Michael Rhodes

    Hi Howi I think you produce a great shwo much you go way to slow and sometimes you just put me ti sleep and I love staring at the those hot models you have up there that is the ultimate best part of the show

  • Michael Arons

    HI Howi you have a great show but you need to pick up the pace a bit

  • kimberly

    h! howie you have a great show, and im always watching your show i really like it because you helpping the alot the people, but please dont say 500$ deal or no deal because it so sad ok! and people its going home no money no honey, ok howie good luck your carer and god bless you and take care

  • JEAN

    HOWIE THANKS FOR YOUR GOOD SHOW I REALLY LIKE IT I HOPE FOREVER AND EVER THAT THE SHOW BECAUSE PEOPLE LOVE IT TOO, GOD BLESS YOU

  • Barbara Johnson

    Hi howie love how you are with all the people the show is great wish I could come see you and be a contestant, it looks like so much fun. would also love to win a millon dollars. would love to meet the banker also. take care

  • Dutch guy

    You are mistaken by its Australian origins. The show stems from the Netherlands. In the Netherlands it is the final part of a huge gameshow for the Postcode lottery (who collects money for all kinds of charities). Its highest price is € 5 million. The amount won goes out three times per show: to the player in the show, to his neighbours who play with the same postal code in the lottery as the contestants code, and to a third lottery player who is drawn from the pool of players that chose the same case-number as the contestant.

  • http://www.scottcsmith.net Scott C. Smith

    Dutch guy,

    Thanks for correcting my error. I was basing my info on the Internet Movie Database but a quick check at Wikipedia confirmed the Dutch origins of the show.

  • http://www.ytbnet.com/shellseekers Zoltan and my wife Candy Erdos

    Me and my wife very like your show and make us also happy if somebody won,We decided that we would like also play in this game just for fun try our luck.please give some information how we can apply for this game.Dont get us wrong we appriciated the money than the tools not more!,whay because we serve god, Not mammon the money of god!No one can serve two masters.For you will hate one and dispise the other.You cannot serve both God and Money!

    Thank you and god bless!

  • hawanatu scott

    hi hawie i love your show so much that watch all the show all the time so am praying to god so you pick me i came from africa and it not easy because of the war our family’s are in bad condition so please take this to your heart and pick so i i can help even 10.000 will make a big diffence

  • http://lyncho.com Pat Lynch

    OK, this is (perhaps) self-promotion, but Brooks Leach and Ronnie Fewell were very funny contentants and I got them on my radio program. The interview is a million laughs. You can hear it at lyncho.com.

    So there,
    Pat Lynch

  • David Stanley

    I liked your show until people would show up then a few weeks later their close personal friends show up to play. How does your selection process work? There are too many pals showing up on the show. It makes me think something crooked is going on.

  • LaDonna

    Hello Howie & to all the cast of Deal or no Deal show. I always make time to watch the show. I make sure dinner & homework is out of the way to pay close attention to your show each week. Here’s my dream i one day hoped to be the chosen contentant on the show.Why? for one reason only i’m a disable mom,have two son’s 17 & soon be 21 on April fools day. The son who will soon be 21 lives in Elpaso,Texas. He has been to Iraq and returned on Christmas Eve,Howie i’m poor and can’t afford to go travel to see him. He wqas hit by two road side bombs but survive. I miss him so much if only i could have the one chance to play the game my goal would be to help out my son’s and set up a fund for any military parents that are in the same exact shoes i’m in. Then where ever there child may be posted i can help to at least buy the air fair or bus ticket to meet up with their love one. It’s hard on some people who are capable of seeing a child of war and that could very well be deployed again and not get the chance to see him/her. I would indeed be very grateful to be able to fullfill my dreams. Thank you so much LaDonna

  • LaDonna

    Hello Howie & to all the cast of Deal or no Deal show. I always make time to watch the show. I make sure dinner & homework is out of the way to pay close attention to your show each week. Here’s my dream i one day hoped to be the chosen contentant on the show.Why? for one reason only i’m a disable mom,have two son’s 17 & soon be 21 on April fools day. The son who will soon be 21 lives in Elpaso,Texas. He has been to Iraq and returned on Christmas Eve,Howie i’m poor and can’t afford to go travel to see him. He wqas hit by two road side bombs but survive. I miss him so much if only i could have the one chance to play the game my goal would be to help out my son’s and set up a fund for any military parents that are in the same exact shoes i’m in. Then where ever there child may be posted i can help to at least buy the air fair or bus ticket to meet up with their love one. It’s hard on some people who are capable of seeing a child of war and that could very well be deployed again and not get the chance to see him/her. I would indeed be very grateful to be able to fullfill my dreams. Thank you so much LaDonna