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August 16 marks 20 years since Who Wants To Be A Millionaire debuted in the U.S. as the first game show in the country with a million-dollar prize, ultimately running for 20 seasons before its cancelation in May. The Onion looks back at the greatest moments in the program’s 20-year history.


Grand cash prize is changed to a round $1 million after focus groups react negatively to Who Wants To Win $972,000.


That guy won.


Paul Newman’s Hole In The Wall Gang charity forced to shutter its doors after Norm Macdonald fails to secure additional $500,000 in funding during celebrity game.


A visibly nervous, sweating Regis Philbin asks ad-libbed question “What should you do after hitting a pedestrian with your car?”


Lifeline allowing contestants to sell soul to demon to gain sum total of human knowledge removed from program.


Dad wants to know if tuna sandwich with fries is your final answer.


The phone a friend lifeline phased out as new widespread availability of hardcover encyclopedias allows for rampant cheating.


Show pays out its top prize to date when Kentucky electrician Dwayne O’Malley wins $200.


Million dollars not actually worth that much anymore.


ABC due to relaunch show as nostalgic cash grab sometime around here.


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