The 25 Stupidest Ideas For Game Shows

19. The Chair (ABC, 2002)

Any game show that has its contestants go through a thorough full body check-up is probably a bad idea for both those involved and the network that picked up the show, but that didn’t stop ABC from giving The Chair a chance in early 2002.

The series stuck contestants in a chair that monitored their heart rate and put them in potentially stress-inducing situations—like the release of an alligator or bees in their vicinity—while asking them questions. The contestants then had to answer the questions while keeping their heart rate down, which, unless you’re a member of the CIA or something, is pretty difficult to do.

If the contestant was unable to keep their stress in check, they lost money and were unable to progress to the next round. Probably because the network was scared that someone would die at some point and leave them liable, the show was cancelled after only two months. 

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