The Big Moment

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The Big Moment
Based on Happy Family Plan
Presented by Brad Sherwood
Narrated by John Cramer
Composer(s) Jeff Koz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Executive producer(s) Vin Di Bona
Richard Brustein
Running time 60 minutes (first 2 shows only)
30 minutes
Production company(s) Vin Di Bona Productions
Richard Brustein Entertainment
Original network ABC
Original release April 3 – June 26, 1999

The Big Moment is an American television game show that aired on ABC in 1999 and was hosted by Brad Sherwood. John Cramer served as announcer. The show was based on a Japanese show of the same concept, Happy Family Plan. It was originally an hour-long series, but due to low ratings, was cut to a half-hour after its second episode.

The show's premise centered on one member of a family (or group of people) who was given one week to practice a certain task before the episode's taping. A video camera was provided to record the rehearsal process at home. At the end of the week, the contestant (and his/her family and other supporters) came to the studio to perform the task. The contestant was given only one attempt; if successful, he/she won a pre-selected prize package worth $25,000. If unsuccessful, he/she received a $2,000 consolation prize. Two contestants appeared each episode.

Some of the stunts presented:

  • Memorizing pi to the 100th decimal
  • Playing Beethoven's Für Elise on a piano, without missing a note
  • Answering ten questions on the film Ghost
  • Riding around three cones on a unicycle and returning to a starting line
  • Pulling a tablecloth out from a fully set table without any items hitting the floor or glasses being knocked over (this stunt was featured at least twice)
  • Identifying 12 random flavors of Baskin-Robbins ice cream while blindfolded
  • Teaching a puppy 5 new tricks

On later episodes, Sherwood went into the audience after the first contestant's stunt and randomly selected someone to perform a task at the end of the show (after some time to train for the task). Tasks included memorizing other audience members' names and birth months, spontaneously crying within 30 seconds, and breaking into a car on stage within 90 seconds. If successful, he/she won $5,000.

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