When I was little, my parents were religious watchers of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. While I enjoyed guessing the puzzles on Wheel of Fortune, I loved Jeopardy. Finding a way to use the random trivia I had accumulated was great.
I would watch with my calculator so I could keep track of my ‘winnings’ thoughout the show. I don’t remember what I did during final Jeopardy. Sometimes I made the final wagers and probably lost all my winnings. I especially enjoyed the high school competitions because I was competing against my peers.
When Who Wants to Be a Millionaire became popular, I tuned into that show as well. I loved answering the questions, but the pauses while the contestants agonized over an answer drove me nuts. My feeling was either you knew the answer or you didn’t. If your gut doesn’t draw you immediately to an answer, you probably are safer just guessing.
My recent favorite trivia show is The Chase. I like the rapid pace and the variety of trivia topics. I’m also quite impressed with the breadth of Mark LaBett’s knowledge. It is nearly impossible to win on that show. So many contestants freeze up during the rapid questioning and can’t answer a thing. They are probably kicking themselves once the show is over. While it is painful to watch them stutter at seemingly easy questions, I would be in their shoes. The rapid fire questions would shut my brain down and I wouldn’t be able to spell my own name.
The other show of the contest genre that I enjoy watching is The Ultimate Beastmaster. It is fascinating to see incredibly fit men and women test their strength and determination against the obstacle course. While I could run forever, anything that requires jumping or upper body strength would put me in some type of spectacular fall that would be perfect for the slo-mo replay. I watch this show while I am running on the treadmill and can feel myself tensing as the athletes prepare for the jumps. However, the show is very motivational and I find it much easier to run longer while watching.