The Wall (game show)

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The Wall
Genre Game show
Developed by Andrew Glassman
LeBron James
Maverick Carter
Presented by Chris Hardwick
Theme music composer Michael Lord
Composer(s) Michael Lord
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 30
Executive producer(s) Chris Hardwick
LeBron James
Andrew Glassman
Maverick Carter
Running time 42–44 minutes
Production company(s) Glassman Media
SpringHill Entertainment
CORE Media Group
Distributor Universal Television
Endemol Shine Group
Original network NBC
Picture format 1080i HDTV (16:9)
Audio format Stereo
Original release December 19, 2016 – present
External links

The Wall is an American television game show broadcast by NBC, which premiered on December 19, 2016. The show is hosted by Chris Hardwick, who also serves as executive producer on the show along with LeBron James, Maverick Carter, and Andrew Glassman.[1] On January 18, 2017, NBC ordered 20 additional episodes bringing the episode count to 30.[2] On March 12, 2018, The Wall was renewed for the third season with 20 episodes.[3]

Two special episodes aired on November 22, 2017 and December 27, 2017. A special Christmas themed episode aired on December 4, 2017.[4] The second half of the second season premiered on January 1, 2018.


The Wall is a four-story-tall (40ft) pegboard, similar to a pachinko game or bean machine; it also is similar to the Plinko board used for the pricing game of the same name on The Price Is Right. The bottom of the board is divided into 15 slots marked with various dollar amounts; eight of these range from $1 to $100 and remain constant throughout the game, while the others have higher values and increase from round to round. Seven numbered "drop zones" are centered at the top of the board (above the center seven slots), from which balls can be dropped into play.

A team of two contestants plays each game, with a potential top prize of $12,374,994.[5][6] Green balls dropped on the board will add to the team's bank, while red balls dropped on the board will subtract from it. Throughout the game, the bank has a floor of $0.

Round 1: Free Fall[edit]

In Free Fall, the team is asked a series of five questions, each with two answer choices. As each question is asked, three balls are simultaneously released from drop zones 1, 4, and 7. The team must select one answer and lock it in before any portion of a ball crosses the threshold of a money slot. If the team's answer is correct, the balls turn green and their values are added to the team's bank. If the team answers incorrectly or fails to lock in an answer, the balls turn red and their values are subtracted from the team's bank.

If the team's bank balance is zero at the end of this round, the game is over and they leave without any winnings. If not, their earnings become part of a guaranteed payout to be offered to them at the end of the game. The highest amount that a team can bank in this round is $375,000.

The values on the board range from $1 to $25,000, and are arranged as follows:

$1 $5,000 $100 $20,000 $10 $10,000 $1 $25,000 $1 $10,000 $10 $20,000 $100 $5,000 $1

Round 2[edit]

At the start of the second round, the contestants are separated from each other for the remainder of the game. One enters an isolation chamber behind The Wall, while the other remains onstage. Two green balls are played simultaneously, dropped from zones chosen by the onstage player. Three multiple-choice questions are then played, each with three answer choices. The onstage player is shown only the answers to each question, and must decide which zone to use, based on how confident he/she is that the isolated player can answer correctly. The question and answers are then presented to the isolated player; after he/she responds, the ball is dropped from the chosen zone. A correct answer turns the ball green and adds the value of the slot it lands in to the team bank, while a miss turns the ball red and deducts the value. The isolated player is not told which of his/her answers are correct or given any information on the team bank.

The onstage player is offered an opportunity to "Double Up" on the second question and "Triple Up" on the third; these options allow him/her to play two or three balls from the selected drop zone instead of one, respectively.

After the third question, if the banked total is at least $3 (as the least that could be lost from two red balls is $2), two red balls are dropped simultaneously from the same zones that were chosen for the initial two green balls. The maximum amount that a team can bank in this round is $1,999,998.

The values on the board range from $1 to $250,000, and are arranged as follows:

$1 $5,000 $100 $10,000 $10 $25,000 $1 $50,000 $1 $100,000 $10 $125,000 $100 $250,000 $1

Round 3[edit]

Gameplay proceeds as in Round 2, but each of the three questions now has four answer choices. In addition, four green and four red balls are played at the start and end of the round respectively, and are dropped one at a time, rather than simultaneously. The "Double Up" and "Triple Up" options are available as before.

The maximum amount that a team can bank in this round is $9,999,996.

The values on the board range from $1 to $1,000,000, and are arranged as follows:

$1 $50,000 $100 $100,000 $10 $200,000 $1 $300,000 $1 $400,000 $10 $500,000 $100 $1,000,000 $1

Final Decision[edit]

After the third question in Round 3, the isolated player is sent a contract by the host, and he/she must sign it or tear it up. Signing the contract gives up the team bank in favor of a guaranteed payout, equal to the Free Fall winnings plus an additional $20,000 for every question answered correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. If the isolated player tears up the contract, the team receives their final bank total instead. After the four red balls have dropped in Round 3 and the final bank is calculated (or after the last question if there is less than $4 banked), the isolated player returns to the stage to reveal his/her decision. Only at this point does he/she learn the number of correct answers given, the payout total, and the team's final bank.

The maximum possible guaranteed payout is $495,000, obtained by scoring $375,000 in Free Fall and answering all questions correctly in Rounds 2 and 3. The maximum possible bank total is $12,374,994, obtained by answering every question correctly, using every Double Up and Triple Up option, having every green ball drop into the highest-valued slot, and having the six mandatory red balls each drop into a $1 slot.

Critical reception[edit]

The Wall has received mixed reviews by critics. Jan Chaney of Vulture dubbed The Wall as being "the most stereotypically American game show on television right now" and "absurd yet undeniably diverting."[7] Chaney criticized the show for making "attempts to sell us something new, even though its concept is really based on old ideas [...] mixed up just enough [to] seem fresh".[7]

Bethonie Butler of Chicago Tribune agreed that "The Wall looks a lot like the famed Plinko game from CBS", but qualified that "originality is relative when it comes to game shows", remarking on the similarity between popular trivia game shows such as Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?[8]


The first licensed merchandise for the series will be a video game produced by Unity, which was released on December 17, 2017 of the iOS for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch & Android.[citation needed]

International versions[edit]

Legend:      Currently airing        No longer airing  

Countries Title Presenter Channel Airdates
 Arab World The Wall الجـدار Mohammad Sal MBC 1[9] February 14, 2018 – May 2, 2018
 Argentina The Wall: Construye tu vida Marley Telefe[10][11] October 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017
 Australia The Wall Axle Whitehead Seven Network[12] October 30, 2017 – November 19, 2017
 Belgium ( Flanders) The Wall: De muur die geeft en neemt Niels Destadsbader VTM[13] September 4, 2017 – present
 Brazil The Wall
(part of Caldeirão do Huck)
Luciano Huck Rede Globo[14] March 10, 2018 – present
 Canada ( Quebec) Face au Mur Maripier Morin TVA[15] January 18, 2018 – present
 Chile The Wall Rafael Araneda Chilevisión[16] June 20, 2018 – August 29, 2018
 Colombia The Wall Andrea Serna Caracol Televisión[17] January 30, 2018 – February 26, 2018
 Finland The Wall Suomi Heikki Paasonen Nelonen[18] September 22, 2018
 France The Wall : Face au mur Christophe Dechavanne TF1[19][20] February 27, 2017 – August 18, 2018
 Germany The Wall Frank Buschmann RTL[21] July 1, 2017 – August 11, 2017 (Season 1)
August 3, 2018 – present (Season 2)
 Greece The Wall Grigoris Arnaoutoglou ANT1[22] May 10, 2018 – present
 Hungary A Fal Balázs Sebestyén RTL Klub[23][24] November 19, 2017 – present
 Israel The Wall Zvika Hadar Reshet 13[25] February 5, 2018 – present
 Italy The Wall Gerry Scotti Canale 5[26] November 20, 2017 – present
 Netherlands BankGiro Loterij The Wall Winston Gerschtanowitz SBS 6[27] April 22, 2018 – May 27, 2018
 Poland The Wall. Wygraj marzenia Paweł Orleański TVP 1[28] September 22, 2017 – December 29, 2018 (Season 1)
January 5, 2018 – June 6, 2018 (Season 2)
September 14, 2018 - present (Season 3)
 Romania The Wall – Marele Zid Valentin Butnaru Antena 1[29] September 13, 2017 – present
 Russia Стена Andrey Malakhov Russia 1[30] October 22, 2017 – December 9, 2017
 Spain The Wall: Cambia tu vida Carlos Sobera Telecinco[31] June 23, 2017 – September 8, 2017
 Thailand The Wall กำแพงพลิกชีวิต Vuthithorn "Woody" Milintachinda One31[32][33] January 6, 2018 – July 21, 2018
 Uruguay The Wall: Cumplí tu Sueño Rafael Cotelo Canal 10[34] March 13, 2018 – present

See also[edit]

  • Peggle – a similar game published by PopCap Games
  • Tipping Point – a similar game show airing in the United Kingdom, whereby counters worth £50 are dropped into a "win zone" to win money
  • The Price Is Right – the Plinko game is similar to this game show


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