Unan1mous

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This article is about the U.S. game show. For other uses, see Unanimous (disambiguation).
Unan1mous
Unan1mous Logo.jpg
Logo
Format Game Show/Reality
Created by Lincoln Hiatt
J. D. Roth
Todd A. Nelson
Presented by J. D. Roth
Narrated by Jeselle Hicks
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 8
Production
Executive producer(s) 3Ball Productions
Lincoln Hiatt
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 28 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run March 22 – May 10, 2006 (2006-05-10)

Unan1mous is an American reality television program that premiered on the Fox Network on March 22, 2006 and ran for one season. The host of the series was J. D. Roth.

Concept[edit]

Nine strangers are locked in a bunker and told they cannot leave until they unanimously choose to award one of them the grand prize money. Contestants are isolated from the outside world, and have no access to any time references. If a contestant leaves the bunker, the amount of the available prize is cut in half (except in certain circumstances such as medical reasons).

Votes are cast by each contestant taking a ball and selecting the name of one of the other contestants via a roller inside of it (a person's own name is not included in their ball). If a vote is not unanimous, something negative happens to the players in order to increase the pressure to reach a unanimous decision. Throughout the course of the game, these were the "punishments" the players received:

  • The contestants select three random envelopes, each containing a secret about one of them. It is not known whose secrets are being read, and contestants vote to decide which secret is the worst. The holder of that secret is "outcast" from the game, meaning they are no longer eligible to win the money, but that they will remain in the bunker (wearing a special uniform) and continue to vote. Outcast players are also still subject to the rule that if anyone leaves, the amount will be halved. (After Vote 1)
  • The money begins to constantly decrease, pausing only when a vote is being held or to freeze the amount when someone has decided to leave. (After Vote 2)
  • The contestants secretly vote to decide who will become an outcast. (After Votes 3 and 4)
    • The person voted to become an outcast is given the chance to select any remaining active player to become an outcast. (After Outcast Vote 2)
  • The three outcasts each get to select one of the four remaining players, making the unpicked person an outcast. (After Vote 5)
  • The four outcasts must select which one of the outcasts gets put back into the game. If they cannot decide by a majority within 15 minutes, the decision is left to the group leader (who, if an outcast, can choose to bring him/herself back). (After Vote 6)

The show was supposedly open-ended, and could end at any time: from one episode to several depending on when a unanimous vote is eventually reached. If the contest continued long enough, the money would be completely gone. The final episode aired May 10, 2006. However, the whole premise had a definite time limit of less than 8 full days. The entire show was filmed in only 10 days, as the total amount of money was cut in half once and then decreased at such a rate as to make it impossible for the contestants to be stuck in the bunker "forever."

Cast[edit]

Contestant Age Occupation Status
Adam 35 Poker Player Outcast
Jameson 38 Human Resources Manager Active
Jamie 24 Choreographer Left[1]
Jonathan 30 Real Estate Financier Active
Kelly 49 Minister Left[2]
Richard 42 Writer/Temp Worker Active[3]
Steve 43 Truck Driver Outcast
Tarah 25 Handbag Designer Winner[4]
Vanessa 36 Teacher Outcast[5]
  • Richard, 42: Temp Worker, Writer
  • Jameson, 38: Human Resources Manager. Gay Activist
  • Kelly, 49: Minister, Conservative Republican
  • Jonathan, 30: Real Estate Finance,
  • Jamie, 24: Choreographer, Bow and Rifle Hunter
  • Steve, 43: Truck Driver. Conservative Christian. Married and has four children
  • Tarah, 25: Handbag Designer, Republican
  • Vanessa, 36: Teacher, Soccer Mom. Atheist and liberal
  • Adam, 35: Professional Poker Player, bartender, liberal, Actor

Vote history[edit]

(Red indicates Outcast)

Contestant Votes
Vote 1 Vote 2 Vote 3 Outcast
vote 1
Vote 4 Outcast
vote 2
Vote 5 Vote 6 Vote 7
Got Gave Got Gave Got Gave Got Gave Got Gave Got Gave Got Gave
Jameson 0 Steve 0 Steve 1 Tarah Adam 1 Tarah 2 Tarah 3 Jonathan 1 Tarah
Jonathan 1 Unknown 0 Adam 1 Unknown 1 Unknown Vanessa 3 Richard 3 Richard 0 Tarah
Richard 0 Unknown 0 Steve 0[3] Unknown 2 Steve 1 Jonathan 1 Jonathan 0 Tarah
Tarah 2 Unknown 0 Steve 2 Jameson Adam 1 Unknown Steve 1 Jameson 0[6] Jameson 6[4] Jameson
Vanessa 1 Unknown 1 Steve 2 Tarah Adam 1 Unknown Jonathan 0[5] Jameson 0 Jameson 0 Tarah
Steve 3 Vanessa 7 Vanessa 1 Adam Adam 1 Unknown 0 Jonathan 0 Jameson 0 Tarah
Adam 0 Unknown 1 Steve 1 Unknown 0 Unknown Vanessa 0 Jonathan 0 Jonathan 0 Tarah
Jamie 2 Unknown 0 Steve 0 Unknown
Kelly 0 Jonathan 0 Steve

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Jamie left the game due to medical reasons, so the money was not cut in half because of her departure
  2. ^ Due to conflicts with others in the bunker, Kelly removed herself from the game and cut the money in half
  3. ^ a b Richard was made an outcast after the first vote, but when Kelly left the game, he became active again to keep the total number of eligible players at 8
  4. ^ a b After Vote 6, the inability of the outcasts to decide which of them to bring back into the game resulted in Tarah, the group leader and then an outcast, choosing to bring herself back in.
  5. ^ a b Vanessa was chosen by Steve to join him as an outcast after Outcast Vote 2.
  6. ^ After Vote 5, Tarah was the person not chosen to remain active in the game by the other outcasts.

Finale[edit]

On Wednesday, May 10, 2006, the final vote was taken. Tarah received the necessary 6 votes (out of 7; her vote was for Jameson) to win the game, and won $382,193 as a result.

Broadcast information[edit]

Unan1mous was broadcast on eight consecutive Wednesday nights, from March 22 to May 10. It was broadcast in the 9:30 pm time slot, immediately after American Idol (the actual start time for each episode was 9:32 pm). The premiere episode attracted an audience of 15.84 million viewers in the United States, with most of the other episodes attracting between 12 and 14.5 million viewers. Despite these high ratings, the show did not return for a second season. Fox 8 in Australia has just finished airing the series. It is also broadcast in Sweden on TV6 and in the Netherlands on RTL5.

International versions[edit]

Versions of the show have aired in Italy, Kenya, Spain, Norway and in the United Kingdom (where the show is called Unanimous). A version in Russia called Who does NOT want to be a millionaire? has started on October 4, 2008 at the TNT (Russia) channel. An Indian adaptation of the show, known as The Player, aired on December 12, 2009 on Channel V.

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