This evening as I was putting the kids to bed, I asked the kids if they wanted to watch a show. They are use to watching a TV show or video as they are tucked into bed. Yeah, I know…probably not what all the leading expert child all-knowers would recommend. But, it works.
So, I asked the boys what they wanted to watch. Jasper, age 6, answers quickly, “How about Deal or No Deal, Dad?”
I was expecting Barney, Power Rangers, or maybe even a Thomas the tank Engine video. You know something that every normal kid would watch to watch. I guess it goes to prove that my kids are smarter than the normal Barney watching kid because they would rather watch Deal or No Deal.
If you are not familar with Deal or No Deal, let me sum it up. Deal or No Deal is a television game show format owned by Dutch-based production company Endemol, known for creating the reality show Big Brother.
The basic format of Deal or No Deal consists of a number of cases (usually 26) each containing a different amount of money ranging from .01 to a million bucks. Not knowing the sum of money in each case, the contestant picks one case which potentially contains the contestant’s prize. They then open the remaining cases, one by one, revealing the money they contained. At pre-determined intervals the contestant receives an offer from the bank (run by “The Banker”) to purchase the originally chosen case from the contestant, the offer being based on the potential value of the contestant’s case. The contestant must then decide whether to take the deal from the bank, or to continue opening briefcases. If they decide not to take the deal and reveal low values then the next bank offer is likely to be higher (as the contestant’s case is proven not to contain these low values). Alternatively they risk revealing higher values, lowering future offers from the bank. It can get very intense.
Jasper loves math and I think “Deal or No Deal” feeds his hunger for learning more. He watches as each case is opened to reveal the amount and then if the deal is taken or not taken. He’ll scream out, “NO DEAL!!!”, or, “TAKE IT!!” , even if the odds are against the contestant. Jasper would be great on this show. I’d like to see a “Deal or No Deal” kids’ edition in the future after this one dies out….which will happen in about 3 months.