Well, this is a world away from the cranial exertions of Only Connect (the last game show I did for this list). It’s always interesting to have to tackle such a long running show with so many versions around the world. In this case I stuck mainly with Bob Barker episodes, but I also watched one by Drew Carey and one episode of the UK version (compered by Bruce Forsyth).
If you have never seen an episode of The Price Is Right, just go on YouTube and watch an episode now. Preferably the US Version as it is, by far, more fun than the UK version. Not only are the people whipped up into far more of a frenzy, but the prices are a lot more varied (then again, the episode of the UK version I saw had a suit of armour as a prize).
The concept of The Price Is Right is remarkably simple: people win prizes by playing various price-based mini-games and everything is very loud. What really makes it is the host, and for a show like this you couldn’t find someone better than Bob Barker. He’s able to help keep things structured whilst also bouncing off the energy of the guests.
If I was American and was at home in the day I could see myself becoming a regular viewer of this show. There is enough variation in the games and enough joy to be mined from people winning (which is rare for me, because I’m a sour git) to keep this fresh for a long time. Don’t think I could watch this every day though…