The 25 Stupidest Ideas For Game Shows

18. The Chamber (Fox, 2002)

Another sadistic show from the early 2000s, The Chamber premiered on Fox around the same time that The Chair did on ABC. The concept was similar in the sense that both shows tortured their contestants while forcing them to answer trivia questions—so similar that both production companies entered into a legal battle claiming that the other was stealing their idea. In the end, it didn’t matter, as both shows were axed in a matter of weeks.

Anyway, the series concept is simple: Contestants answered questions while they're strapped to a chair and subjected to situations just about on par with methods of torture that went down at Guantanamo: electric shocks, hurricane-force winds, freezing temperatures, simulated ice storms, water torture, drops in oxygen levels, earthquake vibrations up to a 9.0 on the Richter scale, and being surrounded by fire in a 150-degree room.

A medical staff was on call at all times, but contestants still had to sign waivers promising the network wouldn’t be held liable if they died trying to answer elementary school-level trivia questions. Unsurprisingly, the show was cancelled after airing only three episodes.

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