You Deserve It

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You Deserve It
You Deserve It logo.jpg
Genre Game show
Created by Dick de Rijk
Presented by Chris Harrison
Brooke Burns
Theme music composer Nathan DeVore
David Vanacore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s) Chris Coelen
Dick de Rijk
Matilda Zoltowski
Emma Conway
Producer(s) Kinetic Content[1]
Running time approx. 44 minutes
Original network ABC
Original release November 21 (2011-11-21) – December 26, 2011 (2011-12-26)[2]

You Deserve It is an American game show created by Dick de Rijk for American Broadcasting Company (ABC). The show is hosted by Chris Harrison and Brooke Burns. In the show, contestants earn money toward a beneficiary.[3]


The contestant plays for a beneficiary, who is put on surveillance throughout the show and told of the winnings at the end.

He or she plays five rounds which involve identifying a "Who", "What" or "Where" subject based on a series of clues. The player is given the subject's category and one free clue. An additional 9 clues are hidden on the board; clues are revealed in a predetermined order, and get progressively easier. The bank for each round is divided into nine increasing values, hidden behind the numbers 1 through 9. To purchase a clue, the player chooses a numbered card. The amount is revealed and subtracted from the bank, then the clue is revealed. A player can guess the subject at any time, but they only get one guess. A correct guess adds the remaining money in the bank to the contestant's total winnings; if the guess is incorrect, no money is banked for that round. In the first four rounds, the incorrect guess will force the contestant to replay the round for the same maximum amount as the previous round that they got the incorrect answer on (this reduces the top prize); likewise, an incorrect guess on round 5 will result in the total winnings for the beneficiary being cut in half.

Format Changes[edit]

On December 26, 2011, the format was changed and the $250,000 round was removed. Round 4, which had previously been worth $100,000, is now round 5, the game's most valuable round. The new round 4 is now worth $75,000. A new rule was also introduced, making a wrong answer much more costly. Previously, a wrong answer only meant that the contestant would take $0 from that round and could then continue with the next, more valuable round. The current rule is explained above in the "Format" section. A smaller screen to the right of the main screen provides the contestant with the numbers with hidden amounts (the costs for the next clue) behind them.

Prize breakdown[edit]

A total of 5 rounds are played in each game, with a possible grand total winnings of either $260,000 or $435,000.

Round # 1 2 3 3 (new format) 4 4/5 5
Starting Bank
$10,000 $25,000 $50,000 $50,000 $75,000 $100,000 $250,000
Clue Value
$100 $100 $500 $100 $100 $1,000 $2,500
$200 $200 $1,000 $200 $200 $2,000 $5,000
$300 $300 $1,500 $300 $300 $3,000 $7,500
$400 $400 $3,000 $400 $400 $4,000 $15,000
$500 $1,500 $5,000 $1,000 $1,000 $10,000 $25,000
$1,000 $4,000 $6,000 $3,000 $3,000 $12,500 $30,000
$2,000 $5,000 $8,000 $10,000 $15,000 $17,500 $40,000
$2,500 $6,000 $10,000 $15,000 $25,000 $20,000 $50,000
$3,000 $7,500 $15,000 $20,000 $30,000 $30,000 $75,000
Maximum possible bank: $260,000 or $435,000

Critical reception[edit]

Brian Lowry of Variety thought that the show's rules were a "hodgepodge" and criticized Burns' co-hosting, but praised ABC for creating another "uplifting" series.[4] Kevin McDonough of South Coast Today was less positive, saying that "The show doesn't so much celebrate generosity as reduce it to something unspeakably tacky."[5] Tom Conroy of Media Life thought that the show's format was "novel but not involving".[6]

International Versions[edit]

Country Title Host Field Reporter Network Premiere
Arab League Arab World[7][8] تستاهل
Saud Al Dossari MBC 1 April 17, 2012
أنت تستاهل
Inta Testahel
You Deserve
George Kurdahi MBC Masr 2 October 25, 2014
Recorded in 2011
 China[9] Wei Ni Er Zhan
I Fight For You[10]
Zhang Bin CCTV-1 January 2013
 South Africa[11] You Deserve It! Sydney Matlhaku Nkanyiso Bhengu September 22, 2013
 Spain[12] Te lo mereces
You Deserve It
Paula Vázquez Roberto Leal Antena 3 September 21, 2012
 Turkey[13] Sen Hak Ediyorsun
You Deserve
Yiğit Özşener Tanem Sivar ATV August 8, 2011
 Vietnam[14] Vì bạn xứng đáng
Because You Deserve
Trấn Thành (June 23, 2013 – June 7, 2015)
Quyền Linh (June 14, 2015 – present)
Thanh Vân (June 23, 2013 – present)
Thanh Thảo (May 24, 2015-present)
Khởi My (June 30, 2013 – May 10, 2015)
VTV3 June 23, 2013