Family Game NightSpring 2012 Television
Game night goes high tech with this series that challenges teams to compete against each other for cash and prizes. Unlike other highly competitive reality game shows, the basic components of Family Game Night are family togetherness and goofy fun. Two family teams of four compete in each episode by playing up to five different life-sized games. Each time a family wins a game, they get to pick a Monopoly Crazy Cash Card that holds a secret monetary amount. At the end of the show, the kids load the cards into the Crazy Cash machine to see how much they've won. Both teams get to keep the money, and the family with the biggest total also wins a family vacation prize. Kids 8 to 18 and their parents participate in the show, which features games including Operation, Slam Dunk and Spelling Bee. Most of the games delve into teamwork and problem solving, but some get physical. They might have competitors run blindfolded or roll around like a giant game piece. The intensity of the competition is toned down, but there's a lot of focus on money and the grabbing of the giant bills that come out of the Crazy Cash Machine toward the end of the show. More than anything, it is important to remember that this is a clever and very effective marketing tool for Hasbro games and that ultimately, the most fun comes from playing, not watching.