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The Phone

The Phone

Photo Credit:  Mark Mainz/MTV
  • Premiered: 
    April 21, 2009
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  • Network: MTV
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Game Show & Contest
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Based on the Dutch series The Phone 
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    Season 1

Plot Synopsis

A stranger picks up a ringing cell phone and is told, 'Press one if you'd like the chance to win $50,000.' After pressing one, a car blows up in the parking lot. Soon, three other strangers answer the same call and "the game starts... now." First, they're paired off into two two-person teams to compete head-to-head in physical and mental missions that test their morale, courage, loyalty, and character. Everything they do is dictated by "The Operator" -- that Irish voice on the end of the cell phone. Will the contestants be willing to run into a burning building to save a man from being executed? Can they stop a terrorist before he strikes again? Will they go into a ship's hold even though it's quickly flooding? Whoever can survive the twists and turns under these most extreme circumstances will win the 50 grand.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by FremantleMedia North America
  • Produced by Just in Time Productions
  • Produced by Park Lane Productions