Deal or No Deal (USA)

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Deal or No Deal (USA)
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Premiere December 19, 2005
Finale May 18, 2009
Creator
Host Howie Mandel
Network NBC
Style 60-minute game show
Company Entertain the Brutes
Endemol USA
Seasons 4
Episodes 199
Origin USA
Deal or no deal?

Deal or No Deal is a game show that aired on NBC hosted by Howie Mandel.

The concept is rather ordinary, involving no trivia or physical challenges. What is important in this game are luck and a good sense of timing. The rules are simple; you have a chance to win a million dollars by selecting the correct box with that amount in it. There are 26 boxes held by 26 models, with the amounts in their boxes ranging from $1 million dollars to a mere penny. The contestant first picks one of the models' boxes and that is theirs to keep for the entire game or sell at some point to the banker. The contestant then starts to remove the boxes from the game, eliminating the cash amount in them. After a certain amount of boxes are opened, which depends on the round they are on, the banker will call and offer a set dollar amount, which is usually slightly less than the average of the amounts left on the board. In the first round, the contestant must open six cases before the banker makes an offer, five cases before the second offer, four before the third and so on. The contestant will then be asked if they would like to accept the offer, which is done by saying deal, or reject the offer, by saying no deal, and continue playing.

Deal or No Deal was developed for Australian television from an original Dutch show, Miljoenenjacht, though the transformation into Deal or No Deal has been so radical that little remains of the original format. It has been a hit around the world, with the USA one of the last major markets to take the show.

In 2008, a version of the show was produced for syndication while this version ran on NBC (it had since ended in May 2009).

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Howie Mandel Host 1 2 3 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One December 19, 2005 June 5, 2006 39
Season Two September 18, 2006 June 18, 2007 70
Season Three September 17, 2007 June 25, 2008 67
Season Four August 25, 2008 May 18, 2009 23

In-Depth

DVD Releases

There has not been a DVD release for this show.

External Sites