Quiz shows have been a hit on German television for decades. Anyone can get bored of “Who wants to be a millionaire?” To look at the third programs in particular, which are full of guessing games and quiz concepts. “Asked – Hunted” is perhaps the original concept that has currently hit the mainstream. But a breath of fresh air is always welcome! And Netflix brings this about with the original production of “Bullsh*t: The Quiz Show” (original title: “Bullsh*t: The Gameshow”). The advantage here is that contestants can win a million dollars without even having to answer a single question correctly.
Famous or nonsense?
The principle is simple: the player is asked questions and chooses one of four options. So far, very normal. However, initially this is done in a subtle way, so that only the person who answers is shown on a board whether their answer is correct or incorrect. Now comes the real game.
Then the candidate gives his answer and explains why it is correct. Then three other candidates evaluate whether the story is true and the question was answered correctly, or whether the person said “nonsense”, that is, the answer is wrong. All three want to estimate the person making the guess as much as possible, because the person who guessed best over the course of the game round is then placed on the ‘hot seat’.
Then the decision follows: if the answer given is correct, then everything goes as usual and the person advances to the next round with a chance of getting more money. If the answer is wrong, you will not be fired. As long as at least one of the other 3 players believes you, you’re ahead by one round!
Here is the official trailer for the first installment of Bullsh*t: The Quiz Show:
“Competitors strive to correctly answer difficult trivia questions. And when they can’t, they simply move on to Plan B: lying through their teeth.”
After watching the trailer, I was very skeptical at first, but then I took a look and was very entertained. The gameplay is fresh and above all exciting. You not only guess really easy questions, but also guess people’s behavior. Is the story real? Are there behaviors that show people are lying or telling the truth? Over time, this develops into a real psychological game…
good and bad items
Canadian actor, comedian, and presenter Howie Mandel (“Deal or No Deal”) steps forward in a very confident and entertaining way. The process is activated by locks that candidates can set at their request for the ten award levels. It’s a bit like the €16,000 security level in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. However, participants define this during the game and there are two “locks” that must be separated by at least three levels to win. Tactics accordingly start early.
But the show also has some downsides. At some point, the reveal arrangement seems to have been well thought out, and overall the show is pretty theatrical and a lot is explained to me. Anyone who’s seen Episode 4 should know by now how it works, and all of the candidates have already attended at least one round as passive participants, so you should have understood that. Aside from the repetitions and the artificially lengthening moments, it’s generally pretty entertaining, although the 30-40 minute episode length helps too. Only the vulgar cliffhanger at the end of each episode is very annoying! And the fact that America, strangely opposed to swear words, puts an asterisk in the title, but pronounces “nonsense” about 239 times per episode, hoped that would have helped make the program easier to find…
Bullsh*t: The Quiz Show Season 2?
Bullsh*t: The Quiz Show is already available with its first full release on Netflix. Given the huge success that the format currently appears to be celebrated internationally, it should only be a matter of time before Netflix announces a sequel.