The Game of Life (partially lost Hub Network game show; 2011-2012)

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The show's logo.

Status: Partially Lost

The Game of Life was a Hub Network game show that premiered on September 3rd, 2011.[1] Hosted by Frank Nicotero, the game show adaptation had two families of three experience a virtual ride in a car based on the game of the same name for a chance to spin to win a grand prize, typically a vacation. The show only aired for one season and concluded on April 15th, 2012.

History[edit | edit source]

The Hub first announced the start of the production of the show on March 24th, 2011, when they announced its programming for the 2011-2012 season, with Frank Nicotero, set to host the show.[2] The show was previewed on September 3rd, 2011, along with Scrabble Showdown, the day after Family Game Night's second season was premiered. Along with Scrabble Showdown, the show would officially premiere on September 17th, 2011,[3] and its original time slot was Saturdays at 6:00 pm EST. The time slot would be moved to Sundays at 9:00 pm EST and later changed to Sundays at 8:00 pm EST, which now is aired after Family Game Night.

The show concluded on April 15th, 2012. After that, reruns of the show would continuously air on The Hub Network until June 29th, 2014.[4] The show would return to Discovery Family sometime later, but the network stopped airing it for unknown reasons. The first 26 episodes of the show were available to stream on-demand on Tubi. However, Tubi removed them from the streaming platform due to the license to distribute the show expiring, making it barely accessible for a short time.[5]

Episode List[edit | edit source]

Below are all of the episodes produced and their availability status.

# Code Air Date Team 1 Team 2 Status
1 112 Sept 3rd, 2011 Shane Serge Found
2 107 Sept 24th, 2011 Sammy Elijah Found
3 104 Oct 1st, 2011 Rory Madison Found
4 119 Oct 8th, 2011 Taylor Shekinah Found
5 120 Oct 15th, 2011 Troy Autumn Found
6 128 Oct 23rd, 2011 Brennan James Partially Found
7 106 Oct 30th, 2011 George Claire Found
8 127 Nov 6th, 2011 Carly Nicolas Found
9 125 Nov 13th, 2011 Sydnie Tori Found
10 130 Nov 20th, 2011 Jonah Sydnee Partially Found
11 123 Nov 27th, 2011 Austin Matthew Found
12 111 Dec 4th, 2011 Morgan Kylee Found
13 117 Dec 11th, 2011 Natalie Sebastian Found
14 126 Dec 18th, 2011 Emma Savion Found
15 129 Jan 1st, 2012 Madison Zach Partially Found
16 103 Jan 8th, 2012 Hailey Leroya Found
17 105 Jan 15th, 2012 Shayna Kayla Found
18 109 Jan 22nd, 2012 Allie Artie Found
19 101 Jan 29th, 2012 Sara Dominique Found
20 118 Feb 5th, 2012 Michael Gabrielle Found
21 102 Feb 12th, 2012 Colton Hannah Found
22 110 Feb 19th, 2012 Naomi Erica Found
23 116 Feb 26th, 2012 Tori Justine Found
24 113 Mar 4th, 2012 Karen Ashton Found
25 114 Mar 11th, 2012 Bryce Skye Found
26 122 Mar 18th, 2012 Zahrah Hunter Found
27 115 Mar 25th, 2012 Kaleb Nachala Found
28 121 Apr 1st, 2012 Akwe Micayla Found
29 124 Apr 8th, 2012 Christian Gwen Found
30 108 Apr 15th, 2012 Dean Emily Found

Availability[edit | edit source]

Out of the 30 episodes produced, 27 are found entirely. A sizzle reel, containing clips from the majority of the show, is found and can be viewed on editor Andrew J. Ciancia's website. When contacted, host Frank Nicotero told Lost Media Wiki user Racelympics that he doesn't have any episodes and asked if he had tried YouTube.[6] In addition, when contacted, most of the crew said they don't have any episodes and confirmed that the network would be where all of the show's episodes are located.[7]

On July 11th, 2021, Lost Media Wiki user Halofan found five episodes through a private tracker and uploaded them onto Google Drive. Phanpy Ken later reuploaded these episodes on YouTube. When contacted, executive producer Bob Boden sent Racelympics the premiere episode after he got in touch with creative consultant Steve Ryan, who would forward this message to Boden.

On October 7th, 2022, Racelympics found the rest of the missing episodes from Tubi after making a deal with Jared Oswald, a private collector. He has since made the first mention of the discovery on Twitter[8] and Instagram[9]. Phanpy Ken and Dexter have uploaded various episodes after being sent the episodes by Racelympics, and Jared Oswald has uploaded the remaining lost episodes onto YouTube for his 4000th subscriber special.

Other episodes of the show exist but are currently being held by private collectors.[10][11] Racelympics made a document detailing the search for the Game Show Tape Trading Facebook community in hopes of recovering more episodes. Ryan Rinkerman, a private collector, made a comment on that post, stating that although he wished he had saved more of the show, it was the least favorite that aired on The Hub Network and was not a big deal for him. He promised that he would try to make the missing episodes from his collection found, while also try to hunt down others.[12] Other than that, the missing episodes have yet to resurface.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Promo announcing the show's sneak preview.
A promo showing the show behind the scenes.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Discovery Channel[edit | edit source]

Discovery Kids[edit | edit source]

Hub Network[edit | edit source]

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]