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Child Support Review 2018 TV-Show Series Cast Crew Online
Review: “What do you get when you put comedic mastermind Ricky Gervais and five kids in the same room?” That’s what host Fred Savage asks at the start of the first episode of Child Support, a new game show on ABC. The network has found some success recently with a few game shows including reboots of $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game. Child Support is a new concept, the premise and title of which were instantly off-putting to me. With that, I reluctantly started the premiere episode.
The good news is that Ricky Gervais isn’t competing against the kids, but is with them competing against grown up game show contestants in a studio that looks like Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Savage asks questions and whether the contestant answers correctly or not, we then watch Gervais and the kids try and answer as well. In the event that a contestant gets the answer wrong, their total amount of potential winnings decreases and they remain in the game if the kids got the answer correct. They are only out of the game when both the contestant and the kids get the answer wrong, in which case they walk away with nothing.
We all know that kids say some funny, spontaneous things and the series lives and dies by how unintentionally comedic they end up being. That being said, the pilot didn’t yield all that many laughs, and certainly none from Gervais. It ends up being just a really long quiz show because you have to see both the contestants and the kids answer the same question twice.
This show is entertaining, they have some of the kids from BuzzFeed and some I don’t recognize. They are adorable, of course. That’s not my issue with them, it’s that they often seem bored and strained as if they really aren’t having a good time. Which isn’t surprising because they are basically taking a pop quiz while Ricky fake laughs at their jokes.
The biggest problem I have with this “game”, if you can call it that, is the fact that a person can ultimately get every question wrong and as long as the children know their basic trivia answers THE DUMB PERSON STILL WINS A BUNCH OF MONEY. They knock off the largest sum winnable after the contestant gets a question wrong, but if the children save them, they continue on.
There is NO LIMIT to how many times this can occur. Secondly, if the contestant is doing well, and they get JUST ONE wrong and the the children are unable to answer correctly, they get absolutely nothing, no matter how far they have made it through the game! It’s infuriating to watch the idiots go home with (not exactly earned) prize money, and people who had most of the knowledge to get so far got stiffed.
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