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Primetime: What Would You Do?

Primetime: What Would You Do?

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  • Premiered: 
    February 26, 2008
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Newsmagazine
  • Type: Live Action
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Plot Synopsis

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? uses hidden cameras and actors to see how people react when put in provocative situations. The program takes real-life situations, some of them straight from the headlines, and records the everyday dilemmas that test character and values. Will people be compelled to act or just mind their own business?

ABC debuted a new season of this series on Friday, May 31, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT, with an episode that features these scenarios: a rude street musician who makes his living insulting people; a clearly intoxicated couple and their young child are sitting at a marina bar, drinking and carrying on, when they head back to their boat; a transgender girl trying on dresses to wear to her prom; and a woman in a wedding dress who runs into a bar, sits down at a stool and orders some hard liquor, while explaining she is having cold feet.

On Friday, May 29, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, ABC premiered a new season of WHAT WOULD YOU DO? The season opener features these scenarios: Online Predator; Race Appropriate Toys; Inappropriate Mom; Invasion of Privacy; and Bowling Shoe Swap.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? returned for a new season on Friday, June 17, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC.

A new season of WHAT WOULD YOU DO? premiered on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with John Quinones returning. The new season continues May 24 and then Fridays at 9pm beginning June 15.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO? returned for a new season on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC, with John Quinones hosting once again. In the season debut, celebrity guest Nyle DiMarco, DANCING WITH THE STARS and AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL winner, goes behind the scenes for a story on deaf discrimination and a scenario inspired by the news story in which a Georgia woman called the police on a black man babysitting two white children.

ABC premiered a new season of WHAT WOULD YOU DO? on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 10pm ET/PT, with anchor John Quinones returning. In its twelfth year on television, WHAT WOULD YOU DO? continues to showcase the kindness of strangers. Celebrity guests appearing this season include actress Sutton Foster, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, professional WWE wrestler Nia Jax and GMA3: STRAHAN, SARA & KEKE co-host Sara Haines.
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On Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 9pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the season finale of WHAT WOULD YOU DO?, immediately followed by a new special that explores why people lie:

Season Finale (9pm): The season ender anchor John Quinones features emotional scenarios on bisexuality, gender stereotypes in sports, and more:

- A young man comes out to his friends as bisexual. His friends question his sexual orientation saying, "You can just say you're gay. You don't have to hide behind bisexuality." What will bystanders do? How will people react when we twist the scenario and the friend questioning his bisexuality is gay?

- At the batting cages, a girl is trying to better her baseball game. Her father disapproves, telling her, "Girls don't play baseball." The girl is determined to prove to her dad that she can compete with the boys. Will others come to her defense?

- A newly engaged woman is out to lunch with her friend, showing off her ring. The friend is appalled at how small the diamond is. Will fellow diners step in to stop the bullying?

- Two grandmothers are out to lunch with their granddaughters. As the grandmothers start posing for photos and posting them to social media, the granddaughters become embarrassed and beg them to act their age. The grandmothers refuse. Whose side will fellow diners take?


"Would You Lie For Me?" (10pm): ABC News' Gio Benitez hosts this one-hour special, which captures with hidden cameras jaw-dropping moments as real people are asked to lie for complete strangers. Will bystanders lie to help protect a boy from being bullied? Will people pretend to be a marriage coach for a husband whose relationship is on the rocks?

- A young boy at an ice cream shop needs help fending off bullies. After bystanders agree to help him, the boy tells his bullies, "This is my karate instructor." Will they go along with the fib? Will they still support the boy later when he takes a bolt cutter to a locked bike?

- A focus group is reviewing a product that does not work. When they overhear the other participants lying about the product's effectiveness, will they lie too? The salesman then asks if they will pretend to be a marriage coach for an uncomfortable meeting with his wife. Will anyone agree? If they do, will they give marriage advice?

- A woman in a restaurant is waiting for her meddling mother who is in town for the weekend. To keep her mom off her back, the woman asks total strangers to pretend to be her boyfriend. Will they say yes? If they agree, how far will they take the lie when the mother asks them about their job as a cardiologist? This scenario originally aired on WHAT WOULD YOU DO? and inspired the primetime special.

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Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC News