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December 12th, 2001

Beat the Geeks

It must be new game show season, for while USA has (smush), Comedy Central now has Beat the Geeks.

The basic idea is that three contestants go up against geeks in the pop culture realms of TV, movies, and music. There’s also a bonus geek – tonight, for instance, it’s Simpsons Geek (which’d be a great challenge.) There are trivia questions and an “ultimate showdown” at the end in which the last standing contestant takes on a geek of his or her choice, one on one.

There’s one problem with the show: it is uninteresting. I was severely disappointed by the cookie-cutter round-by-round format. The set is a combination of Weakest Link and, well, more Weakest Link. While the geeks attempt to be funny by taking jabs at the contestants, they’re extremely scripted and lack any verve. In addition, host J. Keith van Straaten just isn’t that good. He, too, feels terribly scripted.

There’s one more beef about the show: the questions are too easy. When I hopped over to the show’s website, this was an actual trivia question – not far off from the quality of questions on the show:

What art-rock band included members Dennis De Young and Tommy Shaw, and released hits including “Come Sail Away” and “Mr. Roboto?”

Please. Don’t insult my intelligence.

So, in summary, Beat the Geeks has an idea. A pretty good idea. But the show needs less… less… line! less scripting, a better sense of humor, and a set that doesn’t scream, “Anne Robinson, take me away!”

Friday, I’ll explain why I have a beef with the TV Geek, also known in some circles as the King of TV (note his wacky sideburns.) -pm

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday December 12, 2001 -- 12:24:30PM
I want to beat the Movie Geek with a crowbar.

FROM: fresh
DATE: Wednesday December 12, 2001 -- 3:17:15PM
i think all these lame ass shows should be dragged into the street and shot by the nerdy guy from the running man

FROM: Robert
DATE: Wednesday December 12, 2001 -- 3:29:03PM
I'm going to sit here and wait until they make a real-life version of Smash TV.

FROM: Greg
DATE: Wednesday December 12, 2001 -- 3:56:25PM
What happened to all the good game shows? You know, Family Feud where Richard Dawson kissed everything that was female and Match Game where the sets were always orange.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday December 26, 2001 -- 11:13:32PM
I checked out Beat the Geeks tonight and wasn't terribly impressed. Gameplay is average, the host is annoyingly "post college hip alternative," and the geeks themselves were knowledgable but incredibly irritating with their forced "I'm smarter than you" chatter after each challenge.

If I'm not mistaken, I think that the King of TV answered "Robert Sobecke" to one of the questions...

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday December 27, 2001 -- 3:13:11AM
Could you honestly say I'm not more interesting than anything else that dork has to talk about? (Now let's see how quickly the link Ryan put up will draw the King to the Ping again!)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Thursday December 27, 2001 -- 9:52:21AM
It was a link to the other Ping, so I doubt he'll find it as quickly. :)

FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday December 27, 2001 -- 12:22:52PM

FROM: Maria
DATE: Tuesday February 19, 2002 -- 7:06:05 pm
I forgot to mention this earlier, but since January, Beat The Geeks has been my newest guilty pleasure. Honestly, I would love to be a "Saved By The Bell" guest geek--if they'd have me. I just don't know how to get on the show.

FROM: Robert [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday February 19, 2002 -- 7:19:04 pm
Maria--I doubt the show will last long enough for you to get a chance, but Diospeed to ya!

FROM: Olivia
DATE: Friday September 27, 2002 -- 11:44:28 pm
Beat the Geeks Rocks.

DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 10:57:08 am

FROM: jaci roa
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 10:57:54 am
i think that beat the geeks should stay on comedy central because its the coolest show and if there are people who hate BTG then dont watch it ! its as simple as that !!! :)

FROM: Paul
DATE: Friday November 22, 2002 -- 11:30:11 am
I've got to say that the "If you don't like it, don't x it" argument is probably the weakest thing in history.

The reason being... this indicates that one can't or shouldn't have an opinion on something. If you don't like it, don't complain? What's that about? If I don't like it, I've got every right to complain... it's my opinion, and it's just as valid as yours. Even if yours is overwhelmingly positive.

This supposed "argument" is oft-used by people with nothing else to stand on. Tell us, jaic, why BTG is the "coolest" show. Tell us why it should stay on the air. Is it because of the super-cool host? The King of TV's hair? The set? No Regis?

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 4:03:01 pm

DATE: Tuesday January 4, 2005 -- 4:01:01 pm
Well, by thsi time we all know beat the geeks never lasted.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Tuesday January 4, 2005 -- 7:32:26 pm
Ken --

2 Season, including a host change. Not great, but it was a novelty show to begin with. I always liked season 2 better. Better production values, entertaining host (J. Keith was pretty good, though, and he has a real appreciation of game shows), and I liked the game format a lot more. A lot more excitement to it.

2 Seasons on Comedy Central is still nothing to hang your head about.

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