“The Wall” is the most expensive game show on television, with upwards of $12 million on the line for the lucky pairs of contestants. Alas, no one has ever claimed that much money — the biggest haul to date is under $1.8 million — but that doesn’t stop people from trying. Chris Hardwick hosts the LeBron James-produced reality TV show, which first debuted December 19, 2016 on NBC. Scroll through our photo gallery below to see “The Wall” winners list of million-dollar records through the years.
The program tasks pairs of loved ones with answering trivia questions and trying their luck on the 40-foot-tall Plinko-style wall. Correct answers turn the balls green and add money to their bank; incorrect answers turn the balls red and steal money from their total. At the end of each episode, the contestants must decide whether to take the guaranteed amount (their Free Fall earnings plus a bonus for correct answers) or tear up the contract and risk it all for whatever is remaining on the wall (which could be nothing).