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25 Words or Less is an American television game show based off the board game of the same name. Hosted by Meredith Vieira.

I caught this show because it replaced Do You Want to Be a Millionaire? Not the best of games but usually pretty fun depending on who the guess stars are. I have been amazed how many "stars" have been on that I have no idea who they are unless I have seen them on other game shows! They have had a lot of wrestlers on that I  have not a clue about since I have never watched wrestling! 

It is fun to watch someone get a word that you wouldn't think anyone would and other times when the easiest word is missed! Has anyone else been watching?

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I'm watching and enjoying it.  I appreciate that they make episodes available on YouTube: I often can't watch daytime syndicated games as I don't have TV anymore.  I've gotten through maybe the first ten shows so far and been impressed by the mix of guests, enjoyed the gameplay, and found the quality of contestants and celebrities to be a big improvement on the other current word game I've been watching, "$100K Pyramid."  Meredith is great as always.

The only change I would make is speeding up the bidding process.  Maybe a few moments to look at the words and make faces at one another, then a very short timer between bids or withdrawal.  It's usually not too overdone and has even struck me funny a few times, but in general I'm not interested in the good-spirited "trash talk" and long pauses in these sections.  Tightening this up could yield just a bit more gameplay, I think, even just a few more words.

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I watched an episode today where they changed the bidding format so the two clue-givers write down a bid and the lower bid gets to play the round. I thought it was a big improvement!

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 I just started watching this show due to being stuck at home.   The prizes seem to rival those of a company picnic raffle (a two night vacation to the Hilton San Diego, a toaster oven), but it's a suitable diversion.  It don't get the point of Meredith setting the opening bid.   She's always in the 20s and the final bid is always at least in the teens.   This just seems like wasted time.

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I'm also still enjoying this show!  In usual times, it's great for the train, but these days, I often watch it over the dishes or whatever.

 

The prizes are indeed relatively cheap.  I just got done watching another game show from the 80s with a $25K top prize and losers regularly departing with at least $1K, and with inflation it'd be over twice those figures today.  The excitement of the competition still works for me, though.  I'm a pretty easy sell on these shows, especially word games.

 

Trimming the fat on bids by having Meredith at least start lower sounds like a great idea to me.  I've wondered a few times whether she's really scanning the list and thinking "oh, yeah, 23 words" and I think I've decided that the writers probably assign a value to them.  Maybe they could mirror the three levels of the second round and do the first list easy starting at 16, the second list medium starting at 18, and the third list hard starting at 20.

 

A month or so ago on YouTube (not sure whether what they upload match what's airing on television, since the uploads sometimes seem inconsistently timed) they were showing episodes I think were from their tryout on a few stations before being picked up nationally.  Besides a few small tweaks overall, they had a fourth list in the first round, apparently at the expense of the cutesy "describe yourself in 25 words or less" bit.  I don't truthfully care who the contestants are as much as I like that extra list! 😉  But I get that almost all these shows have a short interview, and I think most people are interested, so never mind.

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Being home makes you run into shows you normally wouldn't see so that's how I came to check this out.  Feels kinda like Super Password melded into Celebrity Name Game.   I like Meredith.

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I'm still enjoying this show and wish it got a bit more attention.  The ratings are not bad: "Family Feud," "Wheel of Fortune," and "Jeopardy!" are the consistent top three among syndicated game shows, but "25 Words" has been consistently fourth recently.  I find it an easy and engaging 20 minutes while I work around the house and don't miss an episode.  I think it's great that they put all the shows on YouTube!

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Always been a Meredith fan and I like this show.

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On 4/1/2020 at 9:04 PM, Maverick said:

 I just started watching this show due to being stuck at home.   The prizes seem to rival those of a company picnic raffle (a two night vacation to the Hilton San Diego, a toaster oven), but it's a suitable diversion.  It don't get the point of Meredith setting the opening bid.   She's always in the 20s and the final bid is always at least in the teens.   This just seems like wasted time.

I agree about the bidding process and personally, I could do without all the smack talk and posturing that the celebs get so overly dramatic about. They try quite ridiculously to make it personal. Occasionally it seems as though the celebrities get so emotionally invested in winning the bid that they aren't really assessing themselves on their ability to enlighten their team. It's like macho chest beating. And they're putting the contestants' money where their mouth is. I find it laughable whenever someone folds with 15 or more words. Last night I was watching an old Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour from 1983 or thereabouts and their consolation prize was $300, so that really put 25 Words in perspective!

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Not a big fan of the bidding either. Some celebrities are obnoxious, some funny. 

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2 hours ago, Ham On Wry said:

Last night I was watching an old Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour from 1983 or thereabouts and their consolation prize was $300, so that really put 25 Words in perspective!

 "One of you is going home with a blender!"  I lol at that every time.   He says it with enthusiasm.   All I can think it, you get a better gift for applying for credit card.

 I'm glad there will be a second season, but I think could have enlarged the set a little bit and put up some dividers.   I'm really tired of Zoom shows but I guess it's better than nothing.

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5 hours ago, Maverick said:

 "One of you is going home with a blender!"  I lol at that every time.   He says it with enthusiasm.   All I can think it, you get a better gift for applying for credit card.

 I'm glad there will be a second season, but I think could have enlarged the set a little bit and put up some dividers.   I'm really tired of Zoom shows but I guess it's better than nothing.

Meredith's husband has multiple sclerosis and other issues that make him at high risk to catch COVID. They live near NY City in NY State so I wouldn't blame her if she said she wouldn't come back to CA to film the show right now.

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 The shows airing this week have the fourth preliminary round and it's much better   You can tell they edit out a lot of the bidding and not having the introduce yourself segment is SO much better.   According to TIVO, these originally aired in March toward the end of the season but I guess they're actually pilot/initial episodes.   It's a shame because it's flows so much better.  Another change is there's a different (American) announcer.  He doesn't sound nearly as excited about those blenders and toaster ovens as the Irish guy does.   Other differences include the last two preliminary rounds being worth 500 and getting to pick who gives the clues in the final round as opposed to it being mandatory the contestant has to.

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I like the new format due to Covid. I knew it had to change with all the hugging and carrying on that went on when the team won. Good job by Meredith and the other producers for finding a way to continue this show.

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Caught some of the show this morning, it switched from afternoons to mornings on a different station in my market. The format is pretty much the same aside from being on Zoom and having an at home player who wins $1,000 if the studio contestant wins $10,000. People are probably burnt out on Zoom shows by now but it’s good they were able to keep it going, hopefully it will get back to in studio in the future.

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 Please stop directing the celebrities to dance while wearing the headphones.  Cringy.

 Somehow I missed all the contestants are on set and it's just Meredith dialing in.  I am sick of Zoom shows but I'm not sure this fact makes me not count this in the Zoom category. 

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I'm kind of surprised by how much I like this show. I hadn't heard about it until a few weeks ago when Jen Kirkman mentioned taping some episodes on her podcast, so I looked it up, recorded a few and thought it was pretty good. Then I found out they had full episodes on Youtube, and the other day I wasn't feeling well spent the whole day in bed and wound up watching over a dozen episodes and have watched three or four a day since.  They're great on Youtube, I can speed up the playback to 150% during slow parts (especially the bidding), I usually completely skip the part where the contestants pick their words for the final round (and sometimes cover the bottom of the screen so I can play along), so in all an episode takes about 13-15 minutes to watch.

I think I prefer the remotely shot second season a bit more than the first. You do lose some energy, but it also seems to help the actors stay focused and not be as obsessed with chewing the scenery.

Have to say, it bugs me a little when so many people give clues like "opposite night" or "not night". It's just a waste of a word in most cases.  If you give a clue of "night", 90% chance they'll say "day" (especially if you say it with a question in your voice, or with a slight head shake), and you'll have an extra word for the harder ones. If they don't say "day" right away, then say "opposite".

The judges are pretty generous on some of the things they let go. If I was running a password game, no way would I allow "nothing on feet" for "barefoot".

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 I actually think they can bee strict sometimes.   One time the word was Valentine's Day and the player gave the clue "February Holiday" and they were buzzed out because they said part of the word.  

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Yeah, every now and then I've noticed an overly strict one (I thought not allowing "crime" as a clue for "CSI" was borderline) but on balance I think they've allowed more that wouldn't have flown on classic Pyramid or Password.

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