Is it B.S. or is it a Yes? The Gameshow Where You Can Win Big Money for Lying

Host Howie Mandel posing in front of the game show platform

Host Howie Mandel posing in front of the game show platform

By Katarina Pljevaljcic, Staff Writer

Have you ever played the card game B.S.? The point of the game is you sit in a circle with cards, starting with the person who has the Ace of Spades placing their card facing down in the center. From there, the game moves in a clockwise fashion with the next person placing all their 2’s in the center. Then 3’s, 4’s, and so on. If you don’t have the card that you need to have at the moment, you can pretend to put it down. Any player can call “BS” if they think the person is bluffing. If the player is bluffing, they pick up the whole stack of cards in the middle and if they aren’t, the accuser takes the cards. You win the game when you have no cards left.

This popular game sparked an idea for Netflix’s new game show “Bullsh*t” which is not like any other game show you’ve seen before. Released on April 27th, it is already on the top 10 most popular list. World-famous Howie Mandel, best known for being a judge on “America’s Got Talent,” hosts the show.

The game show is all about people saying nonsense and how accurate other contestants are at detecting if a lie is being said. Contestants in the “hot seat” answer ten trivia questions; the amount they can win with each question increases, and if they get all ten they win a whopping $1 million. I wish I could get signed up because I would love to get $1 million for manipulating my way to sound like I am right when I am not. Yes, you don’t have to be right to win money.

If the player in the “hot seat” doesn’t know the answer to the question, they can pick a different one and try to convince the other three contestants that their answer is the right one. The other three contestants pick whether the hot seat player is BS-ing or not. I wouldn’t be that good at telling if someone is lying, since I trust everyone. If the hot seat contestant gets the answer right, they go on to the next question no matter what the other three contestants say. If they’re BS-ing, at least one of the other three contestants has to believe them for the contestant to move on.

Before each round, Mandel asks them whether the hot seat player wants to move on and risk their winnings or go home with the money won to that point. After each question they get by BS-ing their way through, they get $1000, then $7000 and so on all the way to $1 million.

I rate it a 7/10 because it is interesting to watch people telling lies and other people catching their lies. It’s crazy how by lying and telling if someone else is lying, you can win big money. You don’t have to be the smartest person in the world and you don’t need to be the dumbest. As long as you keep your poker face and identify someone lying, you will succeed.