Love ’em or hate ’em, game shows are a huge part of our culture. Whenever I get bored, I often find myself watching some terrible game show on TV. If I’m really lucky (and not watching University Challenge), I might even know one or two of the answers. If this ever does happen, I’ll be shouting at the screen like it’s the most obvious thing in the world. And then, if the contestant gets it wrong, I’ll find myself lamenting about the decline of education, weeping into my cheesecake. Well, until the next question comes round and I haven’t the foggiest what it’s actually going on about.
But, in truth, we just don’t know how we would react if we were actually on a game show ourselves. Under the TV studio lights and the pressure of a massive financial prize, our nerves would most likely be completely shot. Still, we sort of hope we’d do a better job than these epic game show fails:
This one is just cringe-inducing
We all know that great dinosaur, the Thesaurus? Right? (Skip ahead to 1:50 to see one of the most epic game show fails for yourself.)
“Name something a doctor might pull out of a person”
“I didn’t say that, I didn’t say that…”
Yep, you did, lady. And your opponent’s huge laugh pretty much sums up our reaction to your hilarious answer. This is definitely one of the game show fails we’re bookmarking for whenever we’re feeling a bit dumb.
The only thing worse than this girl’s hair is her answer
Just when you think it couldn’t get more awkward…it does. It seriously, seriously does.
“Name something that follows the word ‘Pork'”
What’s funnier? The honest-to-God BEST WORST ANSWER we’ve ever heard on a game show, or the woman squawking, “Good answer, GOOD ANSWER!” in the background?
Is this the sorest loser in the world?
In terms of game show fails, this one definitely takes the biscuit – well, in terms of attitude problems, that is.
When we didn’t win a game of Frustration when we were younger, we would have a massive sulk. But we were quickly forgiven because we were, like, 5 years old. This lady from a Swedish game show, however, definitely isn’t 5. Which makes her feisty reaction to winning some crappy bath salts even funnier. (She came all the way from Lidköping, dontcha know.)
This guy really loves turkey
Sometimes you just have to take the first answer that comes into your head and just run with it…even if it is for the next three questions.
Family Feud seems to be the show to watch for all the terrible answers…
Oh man. This is the perfect example of one of the biggest game show fails. Ever. Let’s just say we sincerely hope this lady isn’t a midwife. Otherwise things could get massively awkward…
How many times can you screw up in one game?
…and each time is more spectacular than the last. The funny thing is that he actually went on to win the show – and a $11k prize fund! Proof that there’s hope for all of us.
Although sometimes it’s not the contestant that screws up…
As far as game show fails goes, accidentally giving away a $21k car has got to be up there. We doubt this The Price Is Right contestant really cared though…
Enjoyed watching these epic game show fails? Why not have a read of some of our other articles, including This Is How Six of Our Favourite Kids TV Shows Ended and See How Famous Comedians Deal With Hecklers?