Take the Money and Run (TV series)

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Take the Money and Run
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Also known as The Run
Genre Reality competition
Created by Matthew Worthy, Kieran Doherty
Developed by Bertram van Munster
Elise Doganieri
Philip Morrow
Directed by Bertram van Munster
Presented by Zen Gesner
Starring Paul Bishop
Mary Hanlon-Stone
Narrated by Bray Poor
Theme music composer David Vanacore
Composer(s) David Vanacore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jerry Bruckheimer
Bertram van Munster
Jonathan Littman
Elise Doganieri
Philip Morrow
Producer(s) Profiles Television Productions
Editor(s) Eric Beetner
Production company(s) Profiles Television Productions
Jerry Bruckheimer Television
Distributor Horizon Alternative Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02) – September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)
Chronology
Related shows The Amazing Race

Take the Money and Run is a reality game show that premiered on August 2, 2011 as part of the ABC network's 2011–12 primetime schedule. The series is unscripted and involves contestants trying to hide a briefcase filled with $100,000 from professional detectives and other investigators. The show takes place in various locales around the United States.[1] The series ended with its sixth and final episode on September 6, 2011.

The contestants are loaned an SUV and a cellular phone, and are given one hour to hide the case. At the end of the hour, the contestants are taken into custody and questioned by interrogators in an attempt to locate the case. The contestants are also isolated from each other for the duration of the 48 hours. The detectives are given the GPS recordings of the route that the contestants took in the SUV, telephone records of who they called, and all receipts. If the detectives can locate the case within 48 hours, they are awarded the $100,000. If not, the contestants win the prize.

The producers are Profiles Television and Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Horizon Alternative Television is the distributor in the United States. The executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri and Philip Morrow. Kristie Anne Reed and Mark Dziak are co-executive producers.[1] The show was written by Philip Morrow, Kieran Doherty, and Matthew Worthy of Wild Rover Productions.[2][3] The show has not revealed yet whether a second season will appear. The recurring cast includes the interrogators: Paul Bishop and Mary Hanlon Stone.[4] Bishop is a writer and LAPD detective. He has published many books and written many episodes for television.[5] He is currently the supervisor of a sex crimes unit.[6] Stone is a deputy district attorney with the office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney.[7]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date
1 "Oh Brother!" August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02)
Two San Francisco brothers hide the money.
Location Hid: Lafayette Park
Result: Found with 18 hours remaining after one of the brothers decides to reveal the case's location. In the episode, the interrogators separated and interrogated whom they felt was "follower", and convinced him that he didn't really want to be there.
2 "BAM! Did I Scare You?" August 9, 2011 (2011-08-09)
A Miami couple hide the money.
Location Hid: Robert's House on Miami Beach
Result: Not Found
3 "South Beach Sisters" August 16, 2011 (2011-08-16)
Miami sisters hide the money.
Location Hid: Bushes near Banyan Trail in Miami
Result: Found with 22 hours remaining because the detectives used metal detectors and flexible prodding poles to search through the underbrush in an area the sisters' GPS route made to appear conspicuous.
4 "Who's Playing Whom?" August 23, 2011 (2011-08-23)
Chicago domestic partners hide the briefcase.
Location Hid: At a friend's house in the northern portion of Chicago
Result: Found with 18 hours remaining when a contestant quits under intense pressure. In this episode, the contestant was never permitted to leave his cell, not even to go to the interrogation room. He finally broke when the interrogators took his book leaving him absolutely nothing to do with the long hours. He had already openly complained he couldn't sleep due to the lights never turning off, and he did not eat any of the food provided.
5 "Just Between You and Me" August 30, 2011 (2011-08-30)
A San Francisco father and daughter hide the money.
Location Hid: At a former business partner's office in middle of SF.
Result: Found relatively early after the Mary interrogated the father for a few hours about seemingly unrelated topics. The father began to tell his own life story, and inadvertently gave up his relationship with his former business partner. The interrogators immediately recognized that the partner's office was right along the GPS route. While the specific time isn't given in the episode, it can be inferred the case was found the first day before night fell.
6 "No! No! No! Yes! Yes! Yes!" September 6, 2011 (2011-09-06)
A Chicago couple hide the money.
Location Hid: Lincoln Park near Zoo in a brush patch.
Result: Not Found.

Reception[edit]

The show has received mixed reviews from critics, with Metacritic scoring it a 56 out of 100.[8]

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