1 vs. 100 is a game show created by Endemol that is aired in several countries. The game pits one person against 100 others for a chance to win a large cash prize. The game first aired in the Netherlands as Eén tegen 100, sponsored by the Nationale Postcode Loterij (National Postal Code Lottery).

General format Edit

In all versions of 1 vs. 100, one player is selected to play the game as The One against 100 other people (50 on some versions such as Belarus and Portugal, 101 on the Taiwanese version), collectively known as The Mob (or what "Mob" translates to in the local language). Depending on the format of the game, the player can be selected randomly from the Mob, or selected independently. To win the game outright, the One must eliminate all 100 members of the Mob by answering questions correctly.

After having the opportunity to select a difficulty level or a category in some versions, a multiple-choice question with three options is revealed (on some versions, such as the U.S. and Australia, the player is given only the question, with no opportunity to select a difficulty and a category). The Mob is given a short amount of time (15 seconds on the US show, 10 seconds on the Brazilian version, 6 seconds for other versions, such as Australia) to lock in their answer before The One is given the opportunity to answer the question. If the One is correct, all Mob members that answered the question incorrectly are eliminated from further play, bringing the lone contestant closer to winning the game. The amount of money in the contestant's bank also increases by an amount dependent on the number of mob members eliminated in that question. If the contestant eliminates all 100 mob members, he or she claims all the money in the bank or a fixed top prize. However, if the One is incorrect, the game ends and he or she leaves with nothing. In some versions, the remaining members of the Mob who answered the question correctly split the losing contestant's winnings. In some other versions, one or a few of the 100 mob members may receive the losing contestant's money through a random selection.

The One can select from a limited number of "helps," "escapes" or "dodges" depending on the version; escapes or dodges exempt the player from having to answer the question, but part of the bank must be forfeited (except in France, see below). Alternatively, a player can obtain more information on the mob's answers by using one of the "helps". In some versions of the game, the contestant is given the opportunity to take the amount in the bank and leave the game in between questions.

Some versions even have "jokers," mob members who are worth a certain amount rather than the standard amount for the question should they be eliminated after a question is answered correctly. There are usually three on versions that have them.

Helps Edit

Unlike the European (and Hong Kong) versions of the show, there are no "dodges" or "doublers" on the American version of the show. Instead, each player receives opportunities to receive assistance from the mob, known as "helps". Originally there were two helps, which could only be used in order. Starting with the sixth episode, a third option was added, the three helps were given names, and players could choose any of the three at any point in the game.

  • During "Poll The Mob" (originally the first help), the player selects one of the three answers to get more information about. The number of "mob" players who chose that answer is revealed, and the contestant chooses one of the revealed mob members to discuss his or her response.
  • For "Ask The Mob" (originally the second help), two mob members are randomly selected: one who answered correctly and one who answered incorrectly. Each explains his or her decision to the contestant, which in turn also eliminates the third choice from consideration. If everyone in the mob either got the question right or wrong, the choice is not shown and the two mob members are not selected (it happened once on Brazil, when the one faced exactly two remaining contestants on the mob).
  • For "Trust The Mob" (added in episode 6), the contestant is automatically committed to the most popular answer the mob gave.

The American version has also incorporated the "Sneak Peek," which allows a player to see their next question (but not the three answers) before deciding whether or not to answer the next question. In 2007, it was used when a player eliminated 90 or more members of the mob. After only two people managed to do so, it eventually became available once a player has used all their helps in season two.

Changes to the American version Edit

The 2008 season brought a noticeable change to the set of 1 vs. 100: the wall of mob members now has a screen in the middle of it on which the question is shown as well as the total amount of cash the player has, while the old digital board used for questions now simply displays the show's logo.

The 2010 version brought many noticeable changes, the largest of all being a mob playing via 100 individual webcams being displayed on a large screen. The show is now hosted by Carrie Ann Inaba instead of Bob Saget. The show is also now aired on GSN, and offers a top prize of $50,000.

International variants Edit

Country Name Host Network Air Date
Arab World واحد ضد مئة: المواجهة
Wahed Ded Meah: Al Mouajaha
Moustafa Shaban Abu Dhabi TV
Al-Hayat TV and
January 5, 2010
Argentina Uno contra Todos Canal 13 2005
Australia 1 vs. 100 Eddie McGuire Nine Network January 29, 2007 – June 13, 2008
Austria 1 gegen 100 Klaus Eberhartinger ORF 2008
Belarus Один против всех
Odin protiv vseh
George Koldun ОНТ October 20, 2007 – June 28, 2014
Belgium (in Dutch) 1 tegen 100 Koen Wauters vtm September 7, 2001
Brazil Um contra Cem Roberto Justus SBT September 16, 2009 – August 18, 2010
Bulgaria Един срещу всички
Edin sreshtu vsicki
Niki Kanchev Nova Television 2007
People's Republic of China 以一敌百 Wang Han
Ren Jun
Hunan Satellite Television March 5, 2008 – July 31, 2008
April 15, 2010 – December 23, 2010
Colombia Uno versus Cien Carlos Calero RCN 2011
Croatia 1 protiv 100 Tarik Filipović HRT January 17, 2008 – June 26, 2011
Czech Republic 1 proti 100 Roman Šmucler TV Nova September 21, 2004 - 2005
Denmark 1 mod 100 Peter Schmeichel TV3 2007
France 1 contre 100 Benjamin Castaldi TF1 January 8, 2007 - April 25, 2008
Au pied du mur! Jean-Luc Reichmann July 9, 2012 - August 31, 2012
July 14, 2014 - September 19, 2014
Germany 1 gegen 100 Linda de Mol
Wolfram Kons
RTL 2002
May 5, 2008 – August 22, 2008
Greece Ο Μονομάχος
O Monomahos
Φατους Ολους
Fatous Olous
Hristos Ferentinos, Giorgos Mitsikostas, Sotiris Kaluvatsis Star Channel
Alpha TV
Hungary Egy a 100 ellen Sváby András TV2 2007
Hong Kong 以一敵百
1 Tegen 100
Wyman Wong ATV September 24, 2006 – December 15, 2006
Indonesia 1 Lawan 100 Anjasmara Indosiar September 13, 2010 – April 29, 2011
Israel אחד נגד מאה
Ehad Neged Meah
Avri Gilad Channel 2 (Reshet) May 8, 2007 – June 28, 2013
Italy 1 contro 100 Amadeus Canale 5 May 7, 2007 – September 22, 2007
December 10, 2007 – January 13, 2008
Lithuania Vienas prieš Visus Arnoldas Lukošius
Algirdas Ramanauskas
LNK August 29, 2008
Netherlands Eén tegen 100 Caroline Tensen TROS
September 3, 2000 – 2005
2005 – 2006
2006 – 2007
2007 – 2009
2009 – 2015
Norway Alle mot en Øyvind Mund TV2 2006
Philippines 1 vs. 100 Edu Manzano ABS-CBN August 25, 2007 – April 19, 2008
Portugal Um contra Todos José Carlos Malato RTP1 2004
Russia Один против всех
Odin protiv vseh
Alexandr Nuzhdin TV Center December 9, 2007 – April 26, 2009
Serbia 1 protiv 100 RTV Pink 2007
South Korea KO:1 대 100
Il dae baek
Jo Chung Hyun KBS2 May 1, 2007
Spain 1 contra 100 Juan Y Medio
Carlos Sobera
Antena 3 2006-2007
Sweden Alla mot en Rickard Sjöberg TV4 January 3, 2004 – May 27, 2005
Switzerland 1 gegen 100 Susanne Kunz
René Rindlisbacher
SF 1 2008
Taiwan 挑戰101
Go To Top 101
Hu Gua CTV General, CTi Entertainment January 2, 2009 – November 27, 2009
Thailand 1 ต่อ 100
Nueng tor Nueng roi
Tin Chokekamolkij TV3 2008
Tunisia وحدك ضد مئة
Wahdak Ded Meah
Farah Ben Rajab Tunis 7 February 15, 2007
Turkey 1'e Karşı 100 Tamer Karadağlı Cine5 March 26, 2007
United Kingdom 1 vs. 100 Dermot O'Leary (Series 1 & 2)
Ben Shephard (Series 3 & 4)
BBC One Series 1: September 30, 2006 – November 18, 2006
Series 2: January 13, 2007 – August 25, 2007
Series 3: April 19, 2008 – June 28, 2008
Series 4: March 28, 2009 – May 23, 2009
United States 1 vs. 100 Bob Saget NBC October 13, 2006 – February 22, 2008
Carrie Ann Inaba GSN November 15, 2010 – January 11, 2011
Vietnam Đấu trường 100
Arena 100
Thái Tuấn VTV3 July 7, 2006 – July 16, 2012 (Dutch format)
July 23, 2012 – December 28, 2015 (American format)

List of contestants who beat the mob Edit

On January 4, 2008, NBC aired a special, 1 vs. 100: Battle of the Sexes. Jason Luna eliminated the last 15 women in the mob with one question (What is the most popular card-giving holiday according to Hallmark? – the answer was Christmas, and incorrect answers were Mother's Day and Valentine's Day) and won US$1,000,000. Therefore, this is the only episode and special to win $1,000,000 in show history.

Also, as seen in the article:

  • Three people in Belarus won BYR 50,000,000 (or $2,500).
  • Two people in Bulgaria won BGN 100,000 (or $56,300).
  • One person in Brazil (Natan Rodrigues) won R$1,000,000 (or $313,500).
  • Five people in Croatia (Zlatko Šaponjić, Mirjana Ševo, Siniša Belina, Tomislav Grubišić and Mirko Miočić) won 288.247/296.278/317.435/334.309/366.494 Kn (or $47.872/49.206/52.719/55.522/59.500).
  • Eleven people in France won €200,000 (or $218,440).
  • One person in Germany (Marc Lucas) won €100,000 (or $109,220).
  • Eleven people in Hong Kong beat all the mobs. The first one was Louis Hung (孔令慈) who won HK$25,225 (or $3,250) at the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? winners special. The biggest winner was Steven Ng (伍耀泉) who won HK$603,933 (or $77,800).
  • One person in Hungary (Horvath Gyorgy) won Ft 50,000,000 (or $180,000).
  • One person in Israel (Moshe Abu-Aziz) won ₪1,000,000 (or $260,500).
  • Six people in Italy (Giorgio Cascini, Marco Cito, Antonio Capelli, Fabio D'Souza, Maurizio Biscàro and Isabella Marchetto) won €200,000.
  • Twenty-one people in South Korea (Jeong Young-Jin, Lee Wook-Ryun, Kim Joon-Gyum, Shin Eun-Im, Kim Gyung-Mok, Lee Jae-Wook, Park Ji-Sun (received ₩25,000,000 (or $22,500) due to missing the double chance question), Park Sang-Hum, Hwang Hyeon-Hee, Jeon Tae-Guan, and Kim Tae-Gyeong, Kang Soo-Jeong, Peter Bartholomew, Jang Jin-yeong, Lee Chang-myung, Seo Su-min, Yoo Min-sang, Sung Hyuk, Han Hye-Yeon, Nam Gung-in, Kim tae-woo) won ₩50,000,000 (or $45,000).
  • Two people in the Philippines won P2,000,000 (or $40,800). First is comedian Reynold "Pooh" Garcia on a 1 vs 100 Kids special and Jay Contreras, from the band Kamikazee, on a 1 vs. 100 Gays special.
  • Six people in the United Kingdom won a £50,000 (or $62,000) bonus after beating the mob and answering one final question correctly. Another person beat the mob, but rather than answer the bonus question, he took home over £16,000.
  • Many contestants in Vietnam had defeated all mob members under the Dutch format. The biggest winnings record was set on March 28, 2011 by Lê Thị Hường who won 46,190,000₫ after answering 6 questions without using any dodges, plus a 5,000,000₫ prize for the best performance among the mob members on the previous episode, making her total winnings 51,190,000₫ (or $2,300). Under the American format, two people won 50,000,000₫ ($2,240) and five people won 80,000,000₫ ($3,580).

Video games Edit

A video game adaptation of the show was released for the Nintendo DS on July 3, 2008. A massively multiplayer online version was released in Spring 2009 over Xbox 360's Xbox Live Primetime. A mobile video game adaptation of the show has been released for cell phones, developed by Gameloft.

In 2008, Jakks Pacific released a TV Games version of 1 vs. 100.