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NBC's Weakest Link isn't just a game show, it's a cultural phenomenon.
Hosted by the hilariously witty and joyfully harsh actress Jane Lynch, Weakest Link is always a wildly unpredictable ride. Adapted from the hit UK competition, Weakest Link is a hilarious combination of the socially strategic competition of Survivor and the trivia challenges of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Eight complete strangers are pinned against each other as they take turns answering seven rounds of general knowledge trivia questions. While the contestants are standing amongst their competition, they must also combine forces with these strangers to collect as much money as possible for each question the group gets correct.
With each question answered correctly, the potential winnings increase. The longer the chain of questions, the bigger the cash winnings. Players can also choose to bank their earnings for an easier question, but risk missing out on those big cash totals. If a contestant answers a question incorrectly, the chain is broken, causing the group's winnings for the round to plummet to zero, with the questions returning to the lowest rung of difficulty.
After each round of questions, players then choose a player that they deem the weakest link of the chain to vote off. The player with the most votes is eliminated and gets the conflicting honor of hearing Lynch say the age-old phrase, "You are the weakest link. Goodbye."
The group dynamic creates the perfect venue for strategy and back-stabbing. If a contestant answers every question correctly, it could lead to other competitors voting them off to get rid of their biggest competition. But ultimately, players must work together to get the most money possible. The last player left standing after the final round is deemed the "Strongest Link" and takes home the group's total earnings, with a potential winning pool of a million dollars. That's a life-changing amount of money, but the winner must prove that they're the strongest link to seize victory.
How to watch NBC's Weakest Link
If you're a fan of trivia and nail-biting group dynamics, then you'll be happy to learn that catching up on episodes of Weakest Link is simple. Stream Season 2 of Weakest Link on NBC.com and Peacock, NBC's streaming service.
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