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Joey Fatone
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Game Show Network: 1/14/2019 - Present
Game Show Enterprises (GSE)

Common Knowledge is a knowledge-based game show where it asked those practical everyday questions that everyone should know (Example: What should you do when you have a fever? or How can you tell if a watermelon is ripe?).


Two teams of three (Example: friends/co-workers/relatives) compete to answer multiple-choice questions in three rounds of play, and the winning team goes on to the bonus round to play for $10,000.

The First Two Rounds[]

Four categories get shown, and the teams take turns choosing one. After that, they are asked a multiple-choice question in that category, and the members of that team individually submit which answers they think are correct using A, B, or C. Each team member who locks in with the correct answer scores points for their team, and that team scores bonus points if all three members locked in with the equivalent one.

In Round 1, each team member who locks in with the correct answer to a question scores 10 points, and that team scores 50 bonus points if all three members of that team locked in with the equivalent one. The point values are doubled in Round 2 to 20 and 100, respectively.

Round 3[]

All three team members come up with an answer to a question together, and they have to write it down in secret. The team scores points if their answer is correct, but if their answer is incorrect, the other team gets a shot at that question.

The first two questions are worth 200 points, while the last two are worth 400 points.

The maximum score is 1,280 points for a perfect game.

After three rounds, the team with the most points wins the game and plays the bonus round. If the game ends in a tie, the team captains get asked one multiple-choice question. The team captain who locks in their answer must be correct, and their team wins the game. But if they submit first and get it incorrect, the other team automatically wins the game.

Bonus Round[]

The members of the winning team play this round, one at a time. A series of multiple-choice questions get asked, and the team has to answer seven questions to win. If the team member, in turn, is stuck on a question, they can pass. The option to it can get used only once. If a team member answers a question wrong, they are out for the rest of the round. Answering seven questions correctly before they answer three questions incorrectly nets them $10,000. But if they fail, they win just $1,000.


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Common Knowledge was the second GSN original to use a Saturday Night Live spoof title; the first was Snap Decision in 2017. Common Knowledge returned in April 2021 to follow the COVID-19 layout.

COVID Changes[]

  • Each team's podium is spread out 2 inches away for social-distancing procedures.
  • When a player decides to pass on a bonus round question, they take the Pass and insert it into the slot.


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