Ellen's Game of Games

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Game of Games
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Genre
Created byEllen DeGeneres
Presented byEllen DeGeneres[1]
Narrated byStephen "tWitch" Boss
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseDecember 18, 2017 –
present
Chronology
Related showsThe Ellen DeGeneres Show

Ellen's Game of Games, also known as Game of Games and stylized as ellen's GAME OF GAMES, is an American television game show that premiered on December 18, 2017.[2] In March 2017, NBC ordered six (later eight) hour-long episodes of the series. Ellen DeGeneres serves as host, while Stephen "tWitch" Boss appears as announcer/sidekick. The series is based on game segments from DeGeneres' daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show.[1] A special preview episode aired on December 18, 2017, with the official series premiere on January 2, 2018.[3] On January 9, 2018, NBC renewed the series for a 13-episode second season.[4] On January 16, 2019, NBC renewed the series for a third season.[5]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankAverage viewers
(in millions)
18December 18, 2017 (2017-12-18)February 6, 2018 (2018-02-06)N/AN/A
213December 12, 2018 (2018-12-12)April 2, 2019 (2019-04-02)[6]N/AN/A

Format[edit]

In each episode, contestants are selected to play in one of four preliminary games. The winner of each game advances to the semi-final round to play "Know or Go". The last remaining player will play the "Hot Hands" game for a chance to win $100,000.

Preliminary games[edit]

Host Ellen DeGeneres asks the questions and operates some of the mechanical props with a controller.

  • Aw Snap: Contestants are joined by a bungee cord. The first contestant to move five apples into a basket using only their teeth advances.
  • Blindfolded Musical Chairs: Five blindfolded contestants dance until the music stops; stools then rise from the dance floor. As in musical chairs, the contestant who is unable to seat themself is eliminated. After four rounds, the final contestant advances.
  • Danger Word: Similar to the game show Password, played with two teams of two. One person on each team is shown a "winning word"; they alternate giving clues to their partners. A team earns a strike (and a spray from a cannon) if the opposing team guesses correctly or if they guess a "danger word" related to the winning word. A team with three strikes is eliminated, and one member of the winning team advances.
  • Dizzy Dash: Contestants are asked a trivia question. They are then spun around in chairs and must run to a podium before they can answer. The first to correctly answer three questions advances.
  • Don't Leave Me Hanging: Three contestants are suspended in harnesses and take turns naming things which fit a given category, receiving a strike if they give an incorrect answer or repeat an answer previously given. A contestant with three strikes is eliminated and launched to the top of the studio.
  • In Your Face, Honey: One member from each team of two attempts to throw a ball as close to a target as possible. After two attempts, the team with the most points decides who will advance.
  • Knockin' Boots: A similar game to Don't Leave Me Hanging, where contestants answer questions about songs with one primary word and risk being kicked by giant boots.
  • Make It Rain: Two contestants answer trivia questions for turns at pulling down an umbrella. Several umbrellas are filled with water; one has a $10,000 cash prize and the right to advance.
  • Master Blaster: Three contestants attached to bungee cords compete to solve a jigsaw-style puzzle. The losing contestants are "blasted" into the air.
  • Mount St. Ellen: Three contestants climb a mountain which tilts and shakes, and some climbing ropes fall away. The first contestant to collect three diamonds advances.
  • Oh Ship!: Contestants are asked multiple-choice questions and race to holes corresponding to the choices. Incorrect holes spray water; the first to collect three correct answers advances.
  • One-Eyed Monster: Contestants standing inside the jaws of a giant prop monster must pull its removable teeth for wrong answers; one tooth will cause the jaws to close, eliminating the contestant. In season 1, they each took turns answering questions. They all have an answer that's between 0 and 5. Depending on how far away they were, they pull that much teeth. If they got it right, they didn't have to pull any teeth. In season 2, they asked 100 audience members a question, and the contestants say how many of them said yes. The contestant more far away from the real answer goes in the jaws.
  • Say Whaaaat?: Two teams must relay a message using lip reading, earning points based on the number of words in their answer compared to the original phrase. The team with the most points chooses one member to advance.
  • Scary-Go-Round: Contestants take turns moving three large balls across a series of rotating platforms while their opponent launches balls to impede them. The contestant with the fastest time advances. In season 2, the game is played with teams of two.
  • See Ya Later, Alligator: Four players are shown pictograms; the first to correctly state the phrase they make up gets to eliminate an opponent. The last person left advances.
  • Son of a One-Eyed Monster: The host reads a list of words and the first contestant to correctly state what they have in common gets to choose one of eight giant eggs. One of the eggs allows the contestant to advance; the others spew slime on the contestant.
  • Stink Tank: Similar to You Bet Your Wife, but the players who are standing with the host answer. They risk being dunked into a pit of slime.
  • Taste Buds: Two teams of two are blindfolded with arms interlocked, and take turns tasting food and describing it to their teammate. Whichever team can guess more items correctly in a certain amount of time chooses one member to advance.
  • Tuba Toothpaste: Answering a trivia question incorrectly requires a contestant to press up to 3 of 10 buttons that resemble tuba valves. One button blasts toothpaste into the contestant's face and eliminates them.
  • You Bet Your Wife: Played with two teams of spouses or fiancés. One from each team is suspended in a harness, while the others bid on how many examples their partner can name in 30 seconds for a given category (e.g., "national brands of toothpaste"). Giving the required number of correct responses earns that team one point, while the opposing team's suspended partner gets dropped. If the challenged team fails, the corresponding spouse is dropped.[further explanation needed] The first team to earn three points chooses one member to advance.

Know or Go[edit]

The winners of the four preliminary games stand on a row of trap doors, and take turns answering questions. An incorrect answer results in the contestant being eliminated from the game and dropped through the trap door, sliding down a chute that empties below the stage. The last contestant standing advances to the Hot Hands game.

Season 2 eliminates this possibility with a "Sudden Drop" rule change that goes into effect once two contestants have been eliminated. If either of the remaining contestants misses their question, the other must give the correct answer in order to win and advance to Hot Hands. If both contestants miss the same question, the game continues.

Hot Hands[edit]

The contestant has 30 seconds to identify the faces of ten celebrities that fit a certain category. After identifying a celebrity, the contestant must press a button to move on to the next face. Contestants may pass if they are unsure but will need to wait three seconds until the next face appears. Contestants earn an escalating amount of money based on the number of faces they correctly identify, as shown in the table below. Correctly identifying ten celebrities earns the grand prize of $100,000. In season 2, the contestants choose their preferred category from amongst three options, where the third one is always the most specific and difficult.

Correct answers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Money won $100 $1,000 $2,500 $10,000 $20,000 $30,000 $40,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000

Season 1[edit]

Title Airdate Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4
"Game of Games" December 18, 2017 Dizzy Dash Tuba Toothpaste Aw Snap! Scary Go Round
"I'll Have What She's Playing" January 2, 2018 One-Eyed Monster Blindfolded Musical Chairs You Bet Your Wife Master Blaster
"Say Hello To My Little Friends " January 2, 2018 Danger Word Blindfolded Musical Chairs Don't Leave Me Hanging Say Whaaaat?
"Hasta La Vista, Honey!" January 9, 2018 Blindfolded Musical Chairs Don't Leave Me Hanging Make It Rain In Your Face, Honey
"Just Keep Spinning" January 16, 2018 You Bet Your Wife Dizzy Dash One-Eyed Monster Scary Go Round
"You Can't Handle The Toothpaste" January 23, 2018 Dizzy Dash In Your Face, Honey Tuba Toothpaste Master Blaster
"Ellen, We Have a Problem" January 30, 2018 Blindfolded Musical Chairs You Bet Your Wife Say Whaaaat? Make It Rain
"I See Dizzy People" February 6, 2018 Danger Word Don't Leave Me Hanging One-Eyed Monster Scary Go Round

Season 2[edit]

Title Airdate Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Game 4
"Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" December 12, 2018 You Bet Your Wife (It's A Wonderful Wife) Danger Word Blindfolded Musical Chairs (Packages) Dizzy Dash(er)
"The Stink Tank Strikes Back" January 8, 2019 Stink Tank Blindfolded Musical Chairs Oh Ship! Knockin' Boots
"Parent Snapped" January 15, 2019 Aw Snap! You Bet Your Wife Mount St. Ellen See Ya Later, Alligator
"Air Force One-Eyed Monster" January 22, 2019 Don't Leave Me Hanging Aw Snap! Oh Ship! One-Eyed Monster
"The Sound of Musical Chairs" January 29, 2019 Blindfolded Musical Chairs You Bet Your Wife Mount St. Ellen Dizzy Dash
"One-Eyed Monster's Inc." January 29, 2019 Blindfolded Musical Chairs Son of a One-Eyed Monster Taste Buds Scary Go Round
"Life As We Know or Go It" February 5, 2019 Danger Word Mount St. Ellen See Ya Later, Alligator Aw Snap!
"Gone With The Win" February 12, 2019 Son of a One-Eyed Monster You Bet Your Wife Say Whaaaat? Mount St. Ellen
"Danger Word War Z" February 19, 2019 Dizzy Dash Knockin' Boots Danger Word Blindfolded Musical Chairs
"Beauty and the Boots" March 12, 2019 Stink Tank Scary Go Round Knockin' Boots Taste Buds
"Oh Shipwrecked" March 19, 2019 Danger Word Oh Ship! Mount St. Ellen Don't Leave Me Hanging
"Some Like It Hot Hands" March 26, 2019 Stink Tank Aw Snap! One-Eyed Monster Don't Leave Me Hanging
"Episode 13" April 2, 2019 ??????? ??????? ??????? ???????

Ratings[edit]

Season 1[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Game of Games" December 18, 2017 1.7/6 7.23[7] N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 "I'll Have What She's Playing" January 2, 2018 2.2/8 8.84[8] 0.3 0.95 2.5 9.77[9]
3 "Say Hello to My Little Friends" January 2, 2018 2.4/8 8.88[8] 0.3 1.00 2.7 9.87[9]
4 "Hasta la Vista, Honey!" January 9, 2018 2.1/8 7.87[10] 0.3 0.87 2.4 8.76[11]
5 "Just Keep Spinning" January 16, 2018 2.2/8 8.78[12] 0.2 0.89 2.4 9.67[13]
6 "You Can't Handle the Toothpaste" January 23, 2018 1.8/7 7.57[14] 0.3 0.85 2.2 8.42[15]
7 "Ellen, We Have a Problem" January 30, 2018 1.8/7 7.58[16] 0.2 0.80 2.0 8.37[17]
8 "I See Dizzy People" February 6, 2018 1.9/7 7.70[18] 0.2 0.74 2.1 8.45[19]

Season 2[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" December 12, 2018 1.2/5 5.94[20] 0.3 0.90 1.5 6.84[21]
2 "The Stink Tank Strikes Back" January 8, 2019 1.5/6 6.53[22] TBD TBD TBD TBD
3 "Parent Snapped" January 15, 2019 1.7/8 6.35[23] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Air Force One Eyed Monster" January 22, 2019 1.6/7 7.46[24] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "The Sound of Musical Chairs" January 29, 2019 1.6/7 7.05[25] 0.2 0.74 1.8 7.79[26]
6 "One Eyed Monster's Inc." January 29, 2019 1.7/7 6.98[25] 0.2 0.80 1.9 7.78[26]
7 "Life as we Know or Go it" February 5, 2019 1.4/7 6.31[27] TBD TBD TBD TBD
8 "Gone With the Win" February 12, 2019 1.5/6 6.01[28] TBD TBD TBD TBD
9 "Danger Word War Z" February 19, 2019 1.4/6 6.11[29] TBD TBD TBD TBD
10 "Beauty and the Boots" March 12, 2019 1.2/6 5.27[30] TBD TBD TBD TBD
11 "Oh Shipwrecked" March 19, 2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
12 "Some Like It Hot Hands" March 26, 2019 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

International versions[edit]

In Germany, Sat.1 broadcasts a local version of the show hosted by Bülent Ceylan, which has broadcast since September 14, 2018.

In Australia, Network Ten has a local version of the show, hosted by Grant Denyer which began on October 7, 2018.[31]

In Spain, Antena 3 has aired a local version, hosted by Silvia Abril on February 15, 2019.[32]

Legend:      Currently airing        No longer airing        Upcoming  

Country Local title Channel Presenter Premiere date End date
 Germany Game of Games Sat.1 Bülent Ceylan September 14, 2018 October 19, 2018
 Australia Game of Games Network Ten Grant Denyer October 7, 2018 December 9, 2018
 Spain Juego de juegos Antena 3 Silvia Abril February 15, 2019 TBC
 Mexico Juego de juegos Las Estrellas Altair Jarabo 2019 TBA
 Hungary Játékok Játéka TV2 N/A 2019 TBA

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