On NBC, Jimmy Fallons Revival Of The Classic Word Association Game Show "Stream It Or Skip It"

On NBC, Jimmy Fallons Revival Of The Classic Word Association Game Show "Stream It Or Skip It" ...

Jimmy Fallon has been onThe Tonight Show for years, and has now made a new standalone version of the classic word association game program, which debuted in 1961 with Allen Ludden as the host. Fallon and John Quinn are the executive producers; Fallon is a celebrity panelist in every episode, with a rotating set of celebrities taking the lead. Jon Hamm is the other celebrity panelist in the first episode.


Scenes from the verschiedenen iterations ofPassword in the last 60 years. Many of these scenes involve Betty White.

The Gist: The game is quite simple: Each contestant/celebrity pair gets a password to guess. One person gives a one-word clue and the other has to guess the password. The number of points to earn on the word starts at 6 and goes down 1 with every wrong guess. Palmer's first contestant receives two wins goes to the bonus round.

The Alphabetics bonus round ofPassword Plus and Super Password, which run on regular rotation on BUZZR, gives clues to the celebrity for starting words with ten different letters. After 30 seconds, the celebrity switches to pick up the words the first one didnt guess or didnt get to. The contestant receives $25,000.

What Shows Will It Remind You Of? Password has received (checks internet) five iterations, the last being the Million Dollar Password, which Regis Philbin hosted in 2008-09. This versions gameplay is a similar to the original version from the 1960s and the Password Plus/Super Passworditerations from the late 70s through the late 80s.

We were concerned that a Jimmy Fallon-produced version of Password would be more dependent on Fallon and other celebrity panelists hopping around and mugging for laughs than actual game play. Most of the hype was irritant in the usual manner that most Fallon shows are; people are being too hard to get laughs and viewers are laughing too hard.

With this version, there are certain things that must be tightened up. Because this version uses the classic 60s main game, with words being guessed for points and not as part of a list of clues like in thePlus and Superversions. All of it is that the clue giver is given a lot of time to play or pass, and then the guesser is given all the time in the word to guess the password off the clue. All of it causes to too many instances when, for example, Fallon and Hamm

Palmer is a big fan of the show, and she does have a sense of humor in the show as host. In some instances, when she discovers a contestant is a big fan of her, she immediately bonds with her character, and the clumsyness of her hosting should settle down into something more organic, at least the Keke Palmer kind of organic.

There's also a bonus game, where two things irritated us. For one, the words are too easy, as all of them had clear clues that allowed for quick correct guesses. If the contestant gives an illegal clue with the first celebrity, a new word is subbed in when the celebrities switch, keeping the $25,000 in play. Not sure why the contestant should be given a second chance if they are the ones who gave an illegal clue; they still win $1,000 per correct clue, so there

Despite the slow pace, easy clues, and overreliance on guffaws, we still found ourselves playing along as if we were watching the older versions on BUZZR. And the modernized version of the 60s theme song is quite fun. We hope Fallon and Quinn tighten things up to make the show move a bit faster.

Sex and Skin: Beyond the choppy act of giving Hamm a password of Package, there is no one.

Parting Shot: Fallon and Hamm play a different set of contestants, as well as two different bonus games. Before the credits roll, a tribute to Betty White is flashed.

A.D. Miles is the show announcer and does the traditional whispering of the password The password is Package. to the audience. He gives that whisper a strange effect that for some reason we didn't feel at all.

Most Pilot-y Line: When Hamm was given Package as a password, he passed it to Fallon. Take the hitch, Jon!

Our Call: STREAM IT. As much as wed wish to ruin a Jimmy Fallon-producedPassword for putting a perfectly good and classic game show format, we cant do it, because the game is still quite entertaining. The pace must be tightened a bit, which should still allow Fallon and his company to express their gratitude.

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