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Recession-Themed TV Shows That Would Be Better Than 'Take the Money and Run'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Aug 3rd 2011 11:00AM
Take the Money and RunLast night's disappointing premiere of ABC's newest reality show, 'Take the Money and Run,' got us thinking. Oh, what high hopes we had for the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced series about committing the perfect crime. Sadly, it's boring and kind of nonsensical (why wouldn't you just keep your mouth shut until the time was up?).

Luckily, the AOL TV team is here with a few recession-themed reality and game shows that would tap into our collective "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore" feelings about the debt crisis. You're welcome in advance, TV execs. Please send royalty checks c/o AOL TV.

'Dunk the Boss and Resign'
Players take turns chucking softballs at an aluminum target. When they connect, their boss gets plunged into a tank of icy water. Up side: Revenge is sweet! Down side: Time to figure out how COBRA works.

'Take the Banker and Run'
Players are tasked with plotting a successful kidnapping, stealing a banker away from his summer beach getaway and smuggling him into the attic of a foreclosed home. Cameras follow the action in the attic for 48 hours, as all parties slowly realize that no one is bothering to mount a rescue effort.

'Slash the Budget and Shut Up'
Useless Congresspeople are swapped out with everyday Americans, who make sensible decisions about which programs are useful and which are a waste of money, enact the appropriate cuts, and manage to get home in time for 'Jeopardy.'

'Bounce That Check!'
Players travel cross-country seeing how many checks they can kite before the bank catches up with them (with hilarious results)

'Whose Debt is it Anyway?'
Suze Orman hosts the game show where friends and neighbors use improv to work out which debt belongs to which person. The winner gets their debts paid off by the show's sponsor (a US corporation registered in the Cayman Islands for tax reasons).

'Top Debt Ceiling'
A team of congressmen have to work separately and in teams to work out answers to simple politicial and economic quandries via a series of quickfire and elimination challenges. Each week they're judged by a panel of experts -- their constituents -- and the eliminated contestant is sent home to find out they've lost their seat in congress.

'The $100,000 Pyramid Scheme'
Contestants race to recruit their friends and loved ones to invest their life savings in a sham hedge-fund. The winner receives a partial ownership stake in the New York Mets. Losers receive a 10-year sentence in a minimum security prison.

'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?'
We do. Where have you gone, Regis?

And let's not forget hidden-camera show 'America's Funniest Foreclosures.'

Tell us: Do you have any debt-themed reality show ideas that would be more interesting than 'Take the Money and Run?'

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Nicholas Gallar

the who wants to be a millionaire is a great show. in fact while i was browsing online tv tvhook i saw a lot of versions of this from different countries.

August 06 2011 at 9:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zuk roo Zowee

Oh yeah, that makes a LOT of sense dude.


August 04 2011 at 11:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kelly Brewer

How disappointing....This show was so stupid...Who could not sit in a jail cell for 48 hours and not say anything for his part of $100,000? Why did he have to rat out where the case was? He should have just gone to sleep in his cell, relaxed and shut up......Its not like he comitted a crime.....Its a fricken game show dude...................you blew it!

August 03 2011 at 5:14 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Kelly Brewer's comment

They probably promised him food. I bet they had all kinds of good smelling food filtering into his room before they questioned him. Well, he will have to live with whatever his reason was to sell his brother and mother out. I palyed the nirtual game on thier website. I won the game. LOL I think I could win that money in real time as well.

August 04 2011 at 11:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG! That punk will have to live the rest of his life out knowing he sold his brother and his mother out. He will never ever live this down, not even if he could write a check for the mother and brother for the money he caused them to lose. Well, It's not like the physical condition of his body didn't tell the tale of his minds strength, and who would fail at this task. All he had to do was keep telling himself this is not real jail, it's a TV show. There was no crime, or moral wrong done. One thing for sure is now his brother knows if he should ever get in real trouble, his whimpy brother will sell him and his mother down the river for a false promise. Ironic thing about all this is he still did not go home in twenty minutes as promised. Just put a bow in his hair, let him suck his thumb, and give him some pink ruffle panties. I think that boy is going to need therapy after this show for a very long time. I have seen kids stand stronger to back up a buddy in a lie then this pus*y.

August 03 2011 at 4:53 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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