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The $100,000 Pyramid

The $100,000 Pyramid

Photo Credit:  ABC/ Ida Mae Astute
  • Premiered: 
    June 26, 2016
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Version of THE PYRAMID gameshow, following The Pyramid 
  • Subject Matter: Quiz
  • Tags: celebrity

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted and executive produced by Michael Strahan, THE $100,000 PYRAMID is an updated version of the classic word-association game show. In this series, celebrities team up with players from across the country to take on the timeless war of words, racing against the clock to give and guess clues as they vie for the $100,000 prize. Each one-hour episode features two games with a different pair of celebrities in each game. The series premiere features Sherri Shepherd & Anthony Anderson in Game One, while Game Two was highlighted by Rosie O'Donnell and Kathy Najimy. Subsequent episodes featured these celebrities: Ana Gasteyer & Rachel Dratch; Robin Roberts & Mario Cantone; Martha Stewart & Snoop Dogg; Ken Jeong & Tisha Campbell-Martin; Bellamy Young & Weird Al Yankovic; Tony Hale & Justin Long; Randall Park & Anna Camp; Terry Crews & Natasha Lyonne; Alfonso Ribeiro & Mario Batali; Barbara Corcoran & Daymond John; Steve Schirripa & Melissa Peterman; Teri Polo & Zachary Levi; Yvette Nicole Brown & Fred Willard; Joy Behar & John Michael Higgins; Kevin Pollak & Niecy Nash; Bridget Moynahan & Rex Lee; and Jon Lovitz & Deion Sanders. This series airs in 2016 as part of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside MATCH GAME and CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD.

On Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered the second season of THE $100,000 PYRAMID. In the season opener, actress and comedian Leslie Jones (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE) competes against rapper/actor LL Cool J (LIP SYNC BATTLE). Game two features Tom Bergeron of ABC's DANCING WITH THE STARS and award-winning singer Jennifer Nettles, who face-off with hopes of making it to the winners circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000.

Season 3 of THE $100,000 PYRAMID premiered on Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC, with Michael Strahan returning as host. In the season opener, actress and comedian Leslie Jones competes against actress Julie Bowen, and game two features actress Debra Messing and actor/comedian Mario Cantone who face off with hopes of making it to the winner's circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000. Other celebrities in the third season include (in alphabetical order): Anthony Anderson; Lauren Ash; Joy Behar; Andre Braugher; Erika Christensen; Terry Crews; Taye Diggs; Snoop Dogg; Gabby Douglas; Jenna Fischer; Erin Foster; Sara Foster; Vivica A. Fox; Bethenny Frankel; Melissa Fumero; Ana Gasteyer; Nicholas Gonzalez; Darrell Hammond; Oliver Hudson; Ken Jeong; Gayle King; Nick Lachey; Vanessa Lachey; Jenifer Lewis; Justina Machado; Ross Matthews; Ken Marino; Matt McGorry; Tim Meadows; Rita Moreno; Bobby Moynihan; Kathy Najimy; Kelly Osbourne; Terrell Owens; Kellie Pickler; Questlove; Andy Richter; Rob Riggle; Adam Rodriguez; Nico Santos; Richard Schiff; Kevin Smith; George Stephanopoulos; Johnny Weir; and Ali Wentworth.

The fourth season of THE $100,000 PYRAMID premiered on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC, with Michael Strahan returning as host. The season opener features two gamees: one with actress and comedian Rosie O'Donnell vs. SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE's Leslie Jones, followed by actress Cheryl Hines competing against Anthony Anderson.

Season 5 of THE $100,000 PYRAMID premiered on Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 9pm ET/PT on ABC, with Michael Strahan returning as host. In the season premiere, Rosie O'Donnell takes on Nate Berkus and then Michael Kosta competes with Roy Wood Jr. Other celebrity contestants this season include: Rachel Dratch vs. Chris Redd; Dr. Mehmet Oz vs. Daphne Oz; Alex Moffat vs. Michelle Collins; Dominique Jackson vs. Indya Moore; Ali Wentworth vs. Sara Haines; Kal Penn vs. Michelle Buteau; Lorraine Bracco vs. Ralph Macchio; Rosie O'Donnell vs. Paige Davis; Joe Gatto vs. Sal Vulcano; Desi Lydic vs. Mikel Welch; Bridget Everett vs. Dulce Sloan; Kathy Najimy vs. Mario Cantone; Ana Gasteyer vs. Rachel Dratch; Joe Gatto vs. James Murray; Ryan Eggold vs. Elizabeth Marvel; Joe Tessitore vs. Tiki Barber; Ginger Zee vs. Dascha Polanco; Dorinda Medley vs. Sonja Morgan; Ana Gasteyer vs. Luke Kirby; Ashanti vs. Clay Aiken; Kal Penn vs. Kathy Najimy; Neil Degrasse Tyson vs. Gilbert Godfried; Mario Cantone vs. Laura Benanti; and Joe Tessitore vs. Bridget Everett.

The sixth season of THE $100,000 PYRAMID debuted on Sunday, July 10, 2022 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC, with Michael Strahan returning as host. The season begins with Lindsey Vonn vs. Russell Peters; and it's a SEINFELD reunion with Jason Alexander vs. Wayne Knight. Additional Season 6 celebrity pairs include: Ken Jennings vs. Ross Mathews; RuPaul vs. Carson Kressley; and more. After a seven-month break, THE $100,000 PYRAMID returned with new episodes on Sunday, July 9, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC. First up the undisputed queen of drag, RuPaul takes on actress Lauren Lapkus followed by former SOPRANO's star Steve Schirripa and the hilarious comedian and actress Loni Love.

Season 7 of THE $100,000 PYRAMID debuted on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT on ABC. Returning host Michael Strahan welcomes these celebrities in the new season: Tiffany Haddish vs. Jesse Tyler Ferguson; Wayne Brady vs. Joel Kim Booster (Season 7 Premiere); Jason Alexander vs. Rosie O'Donnell; Oscar Nunez vs Lauren Ash (Oct 4); Ana Gasteyer vs. Dan Bucatinsky; Utkarsh Ambudkar vs. Fortune Feimster (Oct 11); Bobby Moynihan vs. Natasha Leggero and Lisa Ann Walter vs. Tip 'TI' Harris (Oct 18); Jordin Sparks vs. Jason Ritter and Nikki Glaser vs. Wayne Knight (Oct 25); Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Rosie O'Donnell and Holly Robinson Peete vs. Rodney Peete (Nov 1); Jason Alexander vs. Pete Holmes and Ali Larter vs. Michael Urie (Nov 15); Jackee Harry vs. Bobby Berk and Jason Alexander vs. Rosie O'Donnell (Nov 29); Josh Peck vs. Jeannie Mai Jenkins and Taran Killam vs. Iliza Shlesinger (Dec 6); and Matt Walsh vs. Malin Akerman and AJ McLean vs. Howie Dorough (Dec 13).
On Wednesday, December 13, 2023 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered "Matt Walsh vs. Malin Akerman and AJ McLean vs. Howie Dorough," the Season 7 finale of THE $100,000 PYRAMID. On an all-new holiday themed episode, actress Malin Akerman battles against actor and comedian Matt Walsh before Backstreet Boys singers AJ McLean and Howie Dorough compete for a seat in the winner's circle.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by SMAC Entertainment
  • In association with Sony Pictures Television