Minute to Win It
|Minute to Win It (ENG)
Minuto Para Ganar (ESP)
|Created by||Friday TV|
|Presented by||Guy Fieri (2010–2011; US English)
Darren McMullen (2010, AUS; 2011–present, UK)
Marco Antonio Regil (US Spanish)
Apolo Ohno (2013; US English)
Caroline Flack (UK)
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of seasons||English language: 2
Spanish language: 1
|No. of episodes||English: 69 (1 online special) (Fieri)
40 (10 unaired) (Ohno)
|Executive producer(s)||Craig Plestis
Adam Zuvich (US ENG, ESP)
Rich Brown (US ENG, ESP)
|Running time||44 minutes without commercials (60 minutes with commercials)|
|Production company(s)||Universal Media Studios (2010–2011)
Universal Television (2011)
Smart Dog Media
Shine Limited (2012–present)
Shine America (2013)
|Distributor||NBCUniversal Television Distribution|
|Original channel||NBC (US English, 2010–11)
GSN (US English, 2013)
MundoFox (US Spanish)
Seven Network (AUS)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV) (US)
1080i (HDTV; AUS)
576i (SDTV; UK)
|First shown in||United States|
March 14, 2010June 25, 2013 –September 7, 2011 (English, first version) –October 29, 2013 (English, second version)
August 13, 2012 –present (Spanish)
Minute to Win It is an American primetime game show that originally ran on NBC with host Guy Fieri and was revived in 2013 on GSN with host Apolo Ohno. Contestants take part in a series of 60-second challenges that use objects that are commonly available around the house.
The show premiered on NBC on March 14, 2010, airing the first two episodes back-to-back at 7:00 pm Eastern and Pacific. On October 6, 2010, Minute to Win It was awarded the C21/Frapa Award for Best studio based game show format at the MIPCOM Television Festival in France. A card game, board game, and video game versions for the Wii, Kinect and Nintendo DS have been made for this show. The U.S. season two finale aired on September 7, 2011. On May 13, 2012, NBC announced that the English version of the show would not be renewed for a third season.
Minute to Win It aired new episodes on GSN Tuesday nights at 8/7c with reruns of the NBC version at various time on the network. The first season of GSN shows began in June 2013 with a 40-episode run; however, only 30 were aired. The GSN version has since been taken off the network schedule and it is currently unknown if the remaining 10 episodes will be broadcast at any time.
A Spanish language nightly version of the game show, titled Minuto para Ganar (Minute To Win), debuted on MundoFox on the network's formal launch date of August 13, 2012, hosted by Marco Antonio Regil.
It was announced in February 2013 that the Spanish version will move to New York.
United States format
The contestant is presented with the blueprint for the first game (level) and must successfully complete a game within 60 seconds to win the first level (was $1,000 in all versions) and advance to the next level. After successfully completing the first, fifth, seventh, eighth, and recently ninth level games, the contestant is guaranteed to leave with no less than the cash award for those levels. If the contestant can complete the final game, the contestant will earn $1,000,000 ($100,000 in the Spanish version and $250,000 in the GSN version).
The difficulty of the games progressively increase throughout the show. If time expires or the conditions of the game cannot be fulfilled (such as by the contestant exhausting any allotted attempts or committing a foul), the contestant loses a "life". If the contestant loses all three of their "lives", the game ends and the contestant's winnings drop to the previous milestone they passed.
After successfully completing a game, the contestant can leave with the amount of money already won before seeing the blueprint for the next game. However, once the contestant elects for the game, the contestant cannot leave the show until that game is complete or they have exhausted all three of their "lives".
In the first part of season one in the English version, $50,000 was the only milestone; players who were eliminated from the game before completing the level five game left with nothing. The milestones at $1,000 and $250,000 were added in the second part of that season. Then, partway through season two, a milestone at $500,000 was added. For the MundoFox version, $1,000, $5,000, $50,000 and $75,000 are the milestones. In the GSN edition, the milestones are $1,000, $10,000 and $25,000.
In episodes featuring celebrity contestants competing for charities, all levels are milestones, so they get all the money up to their last successful level.
In episodes featuring teams of two contestants, some games are played by both players, while others are played solo. A player can only make three consecutive attempts at solo games (including re-attempts following losing a life; an intervening team game does not reset this count). After a player makes three attempts, the other player is forced to attempt the next solo game.
In Christmas episodes, two extra games were added for "the 12 games of Minute to Win It": the 11th game is worth $2,000,000 and the 12th is worth $3,000,000. In the Spanish version, the 11th game would be worth $150,000 and the 12th would be worth $250,000. Both are milestones.
Also in Christmas episodes, some games contain a "Holiday Bonus," in which a contestant wins a gift if the level is passed. A visual representation of the gift is placed inside of a box, which is opened if and when the level is completed. The gifts include:
- An extra life: Contestants who received this "gift" can have four lives.
- Extra 10 seconds: Contestants who received this "gift" can add an extra 10 seconds (or, in the case of a survival game, subtract 10 seconds) to any game, including after a re-attempt following a failure.
- Prize: Contestants who received this gift won a bonus prize.
Some season two episodes feature similar bonuses known as a "Blueprint Bonus." However, the bonus is shown on a large monitor, and it is shown before the blueprint and the game is played. So far, the only bonuses won by contestants have been the extra life and extra ten seconds. When a contestant decides to use the extra ten seconds, a special 70 second clock is used, or if the contestant is playing a survival game (like Keep it Up, Defying Gravity, High as a Kite, Uphill Battle, etc.) the clock is reduced to 50 seconds. In addition, the outer floor lights of the 60-second circle do not turn red for the first ten seconds. For the survival games, the first ten lights are already red.
Head to head: Two teams of two players compete against each other in a best-of-seven match. Winning a challenge wins a point and the first team to four points wins $50,000 (milestone) and a chance to play for the million starting from Level 6 with three lives remaining.
Last Man Standing: 10 players play against each other and the one with the worst result at the end of the challenge is eliminated. This continues until there is one player left. The winner wins $100,000 and plays Supercoin for a chance to win the million.
Summer Million-Dollar Mission (Six episodes): One player from the audience is selected to play the million-dollar game Supercoin.
First top prize was reached in Denmark. Two teams won $500,000 on the English version. The 1st group of Kimberly Fox & Aaron Hedrick then walked away on their July 21, 2010 episode (they were playing as a team) as this was before contestants could bank $500,000. The Bishop family on February 2, 2011 failed the level 10 challenge, Supercoin, and had banked and won $500,000.
Successfully completing a stunt is worth a specific cash prize at each level. Contestants who successfully complete stunts on levels with bolded amounts in the table below are guaranteed to leave with no less than the cash award at that level should they fail any later stunts.
Levels 11 and 12 were only played during Christmas episodes of the NBC and MundoFox version.
United Kingdom format
The UK version of the series uses a different format from the United States primetime version. Each team (consisting of a captain (either Joe Swash or Caroline Flack) and five contestants of the captain's gender) compete in six games – either head-to-head or solo-play against the clock – to win points. The highest-scoring team after 6 games goes through to two games which make up the cash prize round. The first of these games builds up the prize fund by for every point scored, and the second determines whether or not they win the money. The maximum winnings a team can earn is £30,000.
In a pre-broadcast review, Cinema Blend's Kelly West praised Guy Fieri's "enthusiastic" performance and his ability to interact well with contestants. West also noted that the show could do well with families and viewers who have a preference to non-intellectual game shows, although the challenges were criticized for needing little to no skill to accomplish.
The show premiered on March 14, 2010 and continued with new episodes through May 25, 2010. NBC later announced Minute to Win It would air new episodes during the summer, from Wednesday July 7, 2010 to Tuesday September 14, 2010. The new episodes would be labeled "The Summer of Minute to Win It". This is commonly thought of as the start of the second season but the Minute to Win it website shows otherwise.
On November 1, 2010, NBC announced that season two of Minute to Win It, would begin with three new holiday themed episodes starting on December 7, December 14, and December 21.  Then on November 15, 2010, NBC announced that the second season of Minute to Win it would resume airing on January 5.
Those three shows featured older games, such as Defying Gravity and High Roller, newer games, like Floatacious and Hoop de Loop, never-before-seen games like A Bit Dicey and Mad Dog, and new twists on old games like Don't Blow the Kings, and Mag-Nutstacker. Season two also featured a summer run that began on June 8, 2011. NBC did not renew the show for a third season.
The new MundoFox Spanish-language network announced the first season of a weekday Spanish-language version (entitled Minuto Para Ganar), which was chronologically the third season of the show, and debuted on August 13, 2012. Marco Antonio Regil, who has hosted Mexican versions of well-known game shows and made the short list for auditions of a well-known game show in English, hosted that version. Executive Producer Adam Zuvich returned to the same role on the Spanish version, and Rich Brown, who oversaw the games on the original English version, also returned to the same role, and was listed as Co-Executive Producer.
On July 24, 2012, reruns of Minute to Win It began airing on GSN, and on January 31, 2013, they announced a new 40-episode series of the English-language version which was premiered on June 25, 2013 with Apolo Ohno as the host (a full episode sneak preview was shown on May 23). The series had only lasted 30 episodes when on October 29, 2013, GSN marked that night's episode as the season finale.
It was announced in February 2013 that Season Two of the Spanish version would be filmed in New York at ABC Studios.
The most played games of season 2 are Speed Eraser, The Nutstacker, and A Bit Dicey.
The first season featured individuals, teams, celebrities, last-man-standing competitions, individual head-to-head competitions (one or three games), and a million dollar mission. The second season features teams, families (Bishop family and Canter family), celebrities, individual and team head-to-head competitions (seven games), former contestants with a second chance (Mark Staniec and Heather Barker), and former contestant redemption head-to-head (Lynn and Bethany Gerber vs. Heidi Billington and Donna Speakman).
The show first premiered on August 30, 2011 and is currently airing on ITV2.
Currently Minute to Win It has distributed more than 50 countries in the world.
|Country||Local name||Host||Network||Prize||Date premiered|
|Afghanistan||لحظه به لحظه
Lahzat bi lahzat
|Mukhtar Lashkari||Tolo TV||AF1,000,000||June 7, 2013|
|Albania||Kape Kohën||Gentian Hazizaj||Top Channel||TBA||October 7, 2012|
|Arab League ||للزمن ثمن
|Abdallah El Tuleihi||MBC 1||SR1,000,000||April 5, 2011|
|Argentina ||Minuto para ganar||Marley||Telefe||AR$1,000,000||July 17, 2011|
|Armenia ||Հաղթեք Րոպեում
|Hovhannes Azoyan||Armenia TV||10,000,000||May 27, 2012|
|Australia ||Minute to Win It||Darren McMullen||Seven Network||A$1,000,000||June 22, 2010|
|Belgium||Binnen De Minuut (Dutch)||Staf Coppens||vtm||€100,000||January 8, 2011|
|60 secondes chrono (French)||Jean-Michel Zecca||RTL TVI||€100,000||September 5, 2011|
|Brazil ||Nada Além de um Minuto
segment of a Sunday night variety show
|Silvio Santos||SBT||R$1,000,000||April 17, 2010|
1 Neati daembi chhneah
|Canada (French)||60 secondes chrono||TBA||V||100,000$||TBA|
|Chile ||Un minuto para ganar||Julián Elfenbein||TVN||CL$30.000.000||May 21, 2011|
Zheng Fen Duo Miao
|Chen liqing ＆ Yuan Chengjie||Dragon TV||CN¥100,000||September 18, 2013
(1st Season Finished)
Minute to Win It
|Hacken Lee||TVB||HK$1,000,000||November 25, 2012|
|Colombia ||Un minuto para ganar||Silvestre Dangond||Caracol TV||CO$300.000.000||November 1, 2010|
|Costa Rica ||Minuto Para Ganar||Mauricio Astorga||Teletica||₡25,000,000||March 8, 2011|
|Czech Republic ||Máš minutu||Richard Genzer & Michal Suchánek||TV Prima||Kč 1,000,000||April 10, 2011|
|Denmark ||Det perfekte minut||Robert Hansen||TV3||250,000Kr||August 17, 2011|
|Ecuador ||Minuto Para Ganar||Yuly Maiocchi||Gama TV||US$50,000||August 7, 2011|
|Finland ||Minuuttipeliä||Marko Keränen||MTV3||€30,000||March 21, 2011|
|France ||60 secondes chrono||Alex Goude||M6||€100,000||July 12, 2012|
|Germany ||Die perfekte Minute||Ulla Kock am Brink||Sat.1||€250,000||April 30, 2010|
|Greece ||Minute to win it||Dimitris Hungarezos||Mega TV||€50,000||March 3, 2012|
|Hungary ||1 perc és nyersz!||Sebestyén Balázs||RTL Klub||10,000,000 Ft||February 27, 2012|
|India||India's Minute To Win It (Hindi)||Gaurav Kapoor||AXN||10,000,000||January 12, 2011|
|Home Sweet Home (Tamil)||Divyadarshini (D.D) and Deepak||STAR Vijay||A home worth 2,000,000||March 4, 2011|
|60 Nodi! Are You Ready? (Tamil)||Star Vijay||10,000,000||September 29, 2013|
|Indonesia||Batas Waktu 60 Detik (Indonesian)||Nico Siahaan (Season 1)
Irgi Ahmad Fahrezi (Season 2)
|Rp. 500,000,000||April 15, 2013|
|Minute To Win It Indonesia (Indonesian)||Steny Agustaf Rachman||Shine TV
|Rp. 500,000,000||September 16, 2013|
|Family Minute To Win It Indonesia (Indonesian)||Raffi Ahmad
|Rp. 50,000,000||November 28, 2013|
|Israel ||אליפות ישראל בדקה
Alifut Israel be Dakah
|Ido Rosenblum||Channel 2 (Keshet)||₪ 1,000,000||October 26, 2011|
|Italy ||Un Minuto per Vincere||Max Giusti (Season 1)||Rai Uno||€500,000||September 4, 2011|
|Nicola Savino (Season 2)||Rai Due||November 22, 2012|
1-Funkan charenji mezase!
|Hiroshi Koizumi||Fuji Television||JP¥20,000,000||June 2013|
|Kazakhstan ||Минута на победу
Minuta na pobedu
|Rinat Safargulov||NTK||1,000,000||May 19, 2012|
|Malaysia||Anda Ada 60 Saat (Malay)||Ahmad Nabil||Astro Warna – New Episode
Astro Ria – Repeat
|RM500,000||December 25, 2010|
|Oru nimiṭam (Tamil)||Anandha||Astro Vaanavil||RM500,000||December 2010|
|Mexico ||Minuto para Ganar VIP||Marco Antonio Regil||Canal de las Estrellas||MX$2,000,000||July 14, 2013|
|Netherlands ||Minute to win it||Gordon Heuckeroth||RTL 4||€100,000||January 8, 2011|
|New Zealand||Minute to Win It||Mike Hosking||TV ONE||NZ$1,000,000||2013|
|Norway ||Vinn på minuttet||Carsten Skjelbreid||TV2||1,000,000Kr||March 20, 2011|
|Peru ||Minuto para ganar||Johanna San Miguel (Season 1)||América Televisión||S/.100,000||January 15, 2011|
|Magdyel Ugaz (Season 2)|
|Minuto para ganar VIP||Mathias Brivio||November 3, 2013|
|Philippines||Minute to Win It||Luis Manzano||ABS-CBN||₱1,000,000||January 14, 2013|
|Poland ||Milion w minutę||Marcin Prokop||TVN||1,000,000 zł||September 5, 2011|
|Portugal ||Ganha num Minuto||Marco Horácio||SIC||€20,000||January 8, 2012|
|Romania ||Câștigi în 60 de secunde||Dan Negru||Antena 1||50,000Lei||April 5, 2011|
|Russia ||Минутное дело
|Timur Rodrigez||Russia 1||1,000,000руб||November 17, 2012|
|Serbia ||Savršen minut||Srđan Karanović||Prva||1,000,000 RSD||March 17, 2012|
|Singapore ||Jeichikaatu $10,000 (Tamil)||Hayma Malini||MediaCorp Vasantham||S$10,000||24 August 2013|
|Slovenia ||Minuta do zmage||Bojan Emeršič||POP TV||€100,000||March 18, 2011|
|South Korea ||사소한 도전 60초
Sasohan Dojeon 60-cho
|Oh Sang-jin||MBC||₩20,000,000||June 12, 2011|
|Spain ||Uno para ganar||Jesús Vázquez||Cuatro||€500,000||July 4, 2011|
|Sri Lanka ||Home Game in 60 second||Niroshan Wijesinghe||Sirasa TV||Rs.1.000.000||October 26, 2010|
|Sweden ||Minuten||Peter Settman (Season 1)||SVT||250,000kr||December 26, 2010|
|Malin Olsson (Season 2)||February 24, 2012|
|Thailand ||Junior Minute to Win It Thailand||PK Piyawat Khempetch||Channel 3||฿1,000,000||July 6, 2013|
|Turkey ||Kazanmak için 1 Dakika||Ertem Şener (Season 1)||Kanal D||₺500,000||January 6, 2012|
|Zuhal Topal (Season 2)||November 20, 2012|
|Ukraine||Хвилина для перемоги
Chvylyna dlya peremogy
|Maksim Averin||Ukrayina||₴500,000||October 16, 2011|
|United Kingdom||Minute to Win It||Darren McMullen||ITV2||₤30,000||August 30, 2011|
|United States||Minute to Win It (English)||Guy Fieri (2010)||NBC||US$1,000,000||March 14, 2010|
|Apolo Ohno (2013)||GSN||$250,000||June 25, 2013 (Sneak Peek: May 23, 2013)|
|Minuto para ganar (Spanish)||Marco Antonio Regil||MundoFox||$100,000||August 13, 2012|
|Uruguay ||Minuto para ganar||Álvaro Navia
|Teledoce||UY$250,000||September 5, 2010|
|Venezuela ||Un Minuto para ganar||Nelson Bustamante||Televen||Bs.100,000||July 12, 2012|
|Vietnam ||Một phút để chiến thắng||Nguyên Vũ||HTV7||1,000,000,000₫||May 27, 2012|
Licensing around the world handled by NBCUniversal and Shine Limited. But there are some countries that also have other license that associate in any show. Chile other than the NBCUniversal license held by 2waytraffic (a branch of Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Indonesia other licenses are held by FremantleMedia (PT Dunia Visitama Produksi) and Indonesia is the only country that broadcast Minute to Win It every day. Although the license are holded by other distribution, but the license still are handled by NBCUniversal.
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- Official MundoFOX site (in Spanish)
- Official Yahoo!7 site
- Official ITV site
- Official SBT site
- Official RTL site
- Official TV Prima site
- Friday TV site
- Official AXN India site
- Official Mega tv site
- Minute to Win It Party Theme