1 Vs. 100: Pilot (series premiere)
Here's the gist: a contestant goes up against a 100-member "mob" in a pop-culture trivia contest. The object is to knock as many of the "mob" out as you can in each question; that's done when mob members answer a question incorrectly when the contestant gets one right. The contestant gets increasingly higher amounts of money per eliminated mob member, and between each round, he or she has to decide whether to take the pot or challenge the mob again. If the contestant challenges the mob and misses the question, the contestant is out and the pot is divided by the remaining members of the mob. There contestant can get help from the mob twice; the ways they do that are too convoluted than I want to explain here. If the contestant eliminates the entire mob, he or she wins $1 million.
It's really more straight-forward than I made it out to be, especially during the early rounds, when the questions are really easy. The writers have tried to make each question entertaining by asking them in a cheeky manner (like on "Which judge sits in the middle on American Idol?", the answer is "The former Laker Girl" and not simply "Paula Abdul"), and, despite the presence of a group of teachers, DoND models, and Ken Jennings (and, if you miss him, don't worry, they show him about five hundred times), mob members still get knocked out.
Saget himself does a good job; he's comfortable in these situations, given his stand-up career and his years on America's Funniest Home Videos. Don't expect a hint of the filthy Saget you may have seen in The Aristocrats; but, like Howie Mandel on DoND, he's got some free reign with the contestants, and is allowed to throw in some edginess every so often. For instance, when a cute technical writer tells him she's got a boyfriend of nine years, Saget shoots back "Wow. He's very young."
As with the first week of DoND, the production quality is a bit choppy, with a lot of edits and re-dubs of Saget's instructions. But that's something that'll get smoothed out in time. They just need to build the tension a little better; as simple as DoND is, it does a good job of conveying suspense quickly, even in the early rounds. People will tune out from 1 Vs. 100 if the producers don't fix this soon. Maybe they just need more Saget.