This show's got elements of Survivor and The Mole, so I recommend it to fans of reality TV. Here's how it works:
Five people work as a team to answer trivia correctly & accumulate a cash pot ($10k per correct answer), but one of them is a mole, the Hustler. The Hustler knows the answer to every question, so they could be a big asset if they wanted to. But they have to be careful, because if the "innocent" players figure out who's the Hustler, they split the pot, but if they guess wrong, the Hustler gets it all.
During the game, the Hustler gets to eliminate 2 people, so the innocents have to be careful not to spook the Hustler or look TOO innocent. As a final bit of pressure on the Hustler, the last trivia question will double the pot if they answer right, but cut it in half if they guess it wrong.
I enjoyed watching the psychological battle going on, though a bit is lost because they don't have the Hustler explain his/her strategy afterwards. I was able to guess the Hustler correctly both times, and I'm not a good guesser so some of you may find it too predictable.
The Hustler airs on Thursdays at 10PM on ABC. If you watch old episodes on demand, I recommend starting with Episode 2, because for whatever reason, that's the one where the host explains the rules in depth.
I understand that we're supposed to suspend disbelief, pretend that the Hustler "knows" all the answers independently and wasn't fed them, but that question about fridges really took the cake. Totally believable that some average person would just happen to know the exact door & compartment orientation of the most energy efficient fridge!
I just binged the episodes, I'm pretty good at finding the Hustler, except for the last episode. I could not believe the man could not name a Paul Rudd movie!
That was totally believable to me. I had to tell MrCoz who Paul Rudd was by his character in Friends. He hardly ever knows celebrities and when he does it's often surprising who he does know. This is the first episode that we watched. He may not be good at naming celebrities, however he was very good at naming the hustler. He picked out who it was within the first set of questions and never wavered from it.