History IQ

The History Channel (ended 2001)


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History IQ is a game show that premiered in October, 2000 and ran for two seasons on The History Channel. It was hosted by Marc Summers with announcer Harvey (John Harvey), who had previously worked together on Double Dare. The format had three contestants fighting for the daily grand prize, along with an opportunity to advance to the tournament, where the top prize was $250,000. In the original airing viewers could play along online. Each episode presented an historical video clip followed by a question, and contestants needed to buzz in and correctly answer the question. Subjects focused on historical trivia from both US and world history, covering a range from ancient times to modern day. Bonus rounds had contestants matching headlines to their corresponding years along a ten-year timeline. Second rounds became more difficult and shifted into a speed challenge, where rapid-fire questions added $100 for each correct answer. In the second season these challenges were enhanced and the timeline was played differently. The season two tournament was won by attorney Robin Grover in a final episode, which aired on June 22, 2001.

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  • A witty and intelligent game show that was all too short-lived.

    Marc Summers hosted this program which ran on the History Channel for a few seasons some years back. I suppose it couldn't escape comparisons to 'Jeopardy,' but the two shows really were quite different. Unlike the ABC quiz series, this one focused solely on trivia about the past. However, it was never boring, as it dealt with subjects from the far reaches of ancient times to the presidents of the modern day. It helped if you were into history documentaries, but even if not, you still had a shot if you paid close attention and were quick on your feet. The lightning round was the most exciting, as it came time to choose a champion.

    I hope the History Channel gives it a chance again. 'HIQ' was brisk and fun. We need more shows like this.moreless