Pointless is not so rigid as Jeopardy, where a single format dominates the competition, and it is not so varied as Celebrity Juice, where the mini-games are different from episode to episode. It has a single novel gimmick which it presents in many guises in the style of The Price is Right, which uses a diverse set of games all with the same objective of correctly guessing the price of an item. The studio audience of 100 is asked various trivia questions in quick succession. The correct answers are tallied and the contestants are charged with trying to find the least popular correct answer, with the lowest score winning.
The average British contestants have a surprisingly deep well of knowledge, surpassing that of the average American contestant on game shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Some of the trivia queries are on specialized topics such as literature or politics. The audience is also fairly informed, with many people getting some obscure answers correct unlike the untrustworthy Who Wants to be a Millionaire studio spectators.
@Pointless has two hosts. Alexander Armstrong is the one who mainly interacts with the contestants while Richard Osman sits on a desk and tries to look important. One of the differences between these players and those on US game shows is that the #Pointless challengers often appear to be nervous. With dry wit and deadpan humor, the hosts have to pick up much of the slack in the civilian wing of the show. However, there is also a celebrity @Pointless.
It appears that dry humor is going over very well with the game show aficionados of England. The show currently holds a high 7.7 out of 10 on IMBD. People praise the sense of humor of the hosts as well as the educational content, as the thirst for knowledge is pushed back through the discovery of pointless facts. The number of viewers is very good for the longevity of the show. Even into its 16th season, well over 3 million fans tune in to watch it on a daily basis. It stands today as one of the most popular game shows of Britain.
The BBC has commissioned episodes for all of 2017, so a season 17 has already been confirmed. The Price is Right and Jeopardy have been running for decades now, so there is definitely a strong allure to good game shows. More likely than not, we’ll be seeing more seasons of #Pointless in the future after the end of season 17.
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