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Circus Rambles - On game shows

September 8, 2017

When I was a kid, I adored Game Show Network. I watched it all the time. I fell asleep watching it so many nights that my mom got mad at me for it. One night, I was watching at 11:30 pm and I happened upon some televised version of Strip Poker. I told my mom about it the next day, and she got mad about that too; she told me never to watch that show again. I was maybe nine, and I didn't really grasp what strip poker was. I was just a kid. All I'd really thought about was kissing a boy named Dylan on the playground at my daycare. I don't think I had any concept of how I'd been made yet, let alone any of the finer points. (Not that I know a ton of the finer points now.)

 

Some of my favorites on Game Show Network were The Weakest Link, Who Wants To Be a Millionaire, Friend or Foe, Russian Roulette, Greed, and Whammy. I thought Anne Robinson was hilarious and Regis Philbin was pretty cool, and wondered what was down the rabbit holes in Russian Roulette. I got pretty excited when, in an episode of Greed, a team lost because of an incorrect answer, but then later it was determined that their answer had been correct after all, and they got to come back for another shot at winning a whole bunch of money.

 

You can still find some of these shows on Youtube; the videos are of varying quality. If there was a slightly more legal way to watch these, like a DVD box set, I can honestly say I'd consider getting some of them. I don't know...I just found game shows so interesting back in the day, and I still really do. I get caught up in them, I guess. I find them fascinating. I've always worried that it's kind of weird, and I haven't really found many people who share the same opinion. It's not like I ever watched them with my friends or anything. I've coaxed my sister-in-law and niece into watching them a couple of times, but that's about it.

 

I started watching Millionaire today. I still find Regis Philbin really cool. Is that dorky?

 

But more than that, I like the dramatic theme music. I like the episode where John Carpenter wins without using any lifelines. I like when Regis Philbin tells silly jokes. I remember that as a kid, I used to dream about going on the show when I was grown up, presumably to win that million dollars.

 

I also kind of miss actually watching them on a TV. Right now I'm listening to them on my laptop. My actual TV is only for playing console games; it doesn't have any channels and I haven't had cable since I lived with my parents. I guess there's probably some sort of device I could get to play them on the TV via the wifi or something like that, but it's not really the same thing.

 

I remember once they did this set of April Fools Day episodes where hosts of various shows went to host other shows, and other hosts were contestants. That was pretty fun.

 

Why am I waxing nostalgic about game shows? Eh. Probably all the drugs.

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