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Cash Cab (USA)

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Cash Cab
Cash Cab USA title card.jpg
Premiere December 5, 2005
Creator Adam Wood
Host Ben Bailey
Network/Provider Discovery Channel
Style 30-minute game show
Company Lion Television
Seasons 13
Episodes 486 + 1 special (through season 13)
Status Currently in limbo, has not yet been renewed or cancelled.
Origin USA

Cash Cab, sometimes called Cash Cab: After Dark, is a game show broadcast on Discovery Channel which takes place entirely inside a New York taxi cab. The series is an American version of a British show of the same name.

Hosted by actual New York cabbie and comedian Ben Bailey, the series follows the basic format of an average trivia show. Contestants unwittingly enter the cab, identified on its license plate as 1G12, and declare their destination. Bailey flips on the strobing ceiling lights and explains that they are in the "cash cab" and are given the option of playing the game or getting out to catch another cab. From the point they get in until they reach their destination (measured in blocks with no detours unless legally required), the passengers are asked questions of increasing difficulty and cash amounts, starting at $25.

Contestants are allowed two "Shout Outs," one phone call to a friend and one chance to flag down a random pedestrian to help. After three missed questions, the contestants receive no money and are kicked out of the cab, no matter how far from their destination they may be. If the contestants reach a stop light before reach the $200 mark, they're given a question with multiple answers that would score them $200 if they name all of the correct answers.

Finally, should the contestants reach their destination, they're given an opportunity to either take the money and run or risk it all in a video challenge.

In 2011, Cash Cab Chicago premiered, a spin-off which, as the name implies, takes place in Chicago instead of New York and features host Beth Melewski.

Lion Television produces the series, with syndicated distribution handled by MGM Television.



Season  Premiere Finale #
Discovery Channel
Season One December 5, 2005 February 16, 2006 40
Season Two June 26, 2006 September 6, 2006 40
Season Three April 30, 2007 June 11, 2007 40
Season Four June 13, 2007 October 4, 2007 41
Season Five November 26, 2007 December 21, 2007 40 + 1
Season Six March 4, 2008 December 23, 2008 40
Season Seven April 20, 2009 June 15, 2009 40
Season Eight June 14, 2010 September 23, 2010 44
Season Nine February 14, 2011 July 18, 2011 40
Season Ten January 5, 2012 September 28, 2012 40
Season Eleven December 4, 2017 December 17, 2018 6
Season Twelve July 27, 2018 October 6, 2018 10
Season Thirteen October 7, 2019 August 26, 2020 65


DVD Releases

There are no DVD releases for this show.

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