During a time when game shows were unheard of on primetime television, Vin Di Bona Productions introduced this brilliant twist on an old formula.
Each week, the producers would locate a family, person, or group of friends willing to take a risk. Given a budget of $25,000, each family selected a group of prizes that they really wanted. Then, one member of the family, or perhaps everyone, was given a challenging task, such as memorizing the square root of 3 or learning to identify 30 ice cream flavors by taste alone.
The following week, the family would come to the studio and attempt the feat in front of a studio audience. Producers gave each family a video camera to document the days of rehearsal and the accompanying family dynamics.
Comedian Brad Sherwood hosted the game show, which ran on the ABC Network in the spring of 1999.