The Game of Life (game show)

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The Game of Life
Directed by Rich DiPirro
Presented by Frank Nicotero
Theme music composer Paul Zimmer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Executive producer(s) Andrew Golder
Ruben Klammer
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Production company(s) Andrew Golder Productions
1/17 Productions
Hasbro Studios
Distributor Hasbro Studios
Original network The Hub
Original release September 3, 2011 (2011-09-03) – April 22, 2012 (2012-04-22)

The Game of Life was an American television series on The Hub (now Discovery Family). The program, hosted by Frank Nicotero, is based on the Milton Bradley board game The Game of Life.[1] It premiered on September 3, 2011 with a special "preview" episode, and began its official run two weeks later on September 17, 2011, airing on Saturday nights. The series ended on April 22, 2012 and last aired on December 31, 2013.


Two families of three compete for the chance to win the grand prize.

Round 1[edit]

Each team takes a turn "driving" the Game of Life car through a Life adventure of their choice. (The car actually faces a green screen animation, and can be shaken in various ways to simulate turns, bumps and jumps in the "road".) After choosing one of two adventures, the team faces a series of 50/50 questions at the forks in the road. The driver turns the wheel toward the fork they feel is the correct answer. Correct answers earn "Life points", while wrong answers stop the car for 5 seconds.

Correct answers earn 100 Life points on the first question, then 200 for the second, and so on. The adventure continues until the car runs "out of gas".

Round 2[edit]

Play remains the same as Round 1, usually with the second team going first. Life points are doubled in this round (200, 400, 600, etc.). In addition, the 3rd question (sometimes the 2nd one) of the adventure earns extra gas for the car in addition to its life point value, allowing the chance to answer more questions.

Bonus Spin[edit]

The team with the highest score after Round 2 gets to spin a giant version of the Game of Life Spinner for a special bonus prize. If they can successfully predict whether the spinner will land on an odd or even number, they win the bonus prize. A consolation prize is awarded for a wrong guess. In the event of a tie, one team takes the even numbers, while the other team takes the odd numbers, and host Nicotero spins the spinner. The team that wins the spin receives the bonus prize; the other team receives the consolation prize. For season 2, they added a prize for each number on the spinner.

Round 3[edit]

Both teams compete simultaneously in a 60-second stunt. Each time the task in the stunt is completed successfully, 250 Life points are awarded.

The team with the highest total score at the end of this round wins and advances to the Grand Prize Round. If both teams are tied with the same score at the end of round 3, the Bonus Spin is played again.

Grand Prize Round[edit]

The round takes place in two parts. In the first part, each member of the winning family was asked a "would you rather"-style question during the commercial break based on one of the three adventures they played during the show. The other two family members must predict which answer was given. Each right answer earns an extra number on the Game of Life Spinner.

The team now faces the Game of Life Spinner one more time. The team again chooses between the odds and evens, plus any extra numbers of their choice that they earned. If the Spinner lands on any of the numbers that were chosen, the team wins the grand prize of a family vacation (except for the premiere, which had a 3D screening room). A consolation prize is again awarded for a wrong guess.


  1. ^ "Series Premieres of Scrabble Showdown and The Game of Life". Hub TV Network. Retrieved 2 October 2011.