Paid Off, a gameshow that pays off increments of contestants’ student loans for each correct answer, joins a growing ecology of films and TV shows about debt
Do you have student debt? What would you do to make it disappear?
In Paid Off, a new game show that promises to do just that for at least one lucky winner, we see three young people compete to get their loans paid off. The show’s host and creator, Michael Torpey, a comedian and actor, has created a formula for his TruTV program. For every trivia question the contestants answer correctly, the show pays off an increment of their student loans. If a contestant does particularly well, he or she might pay off their entire debt – which, for the contestants in the first episode, is as much as $40,000.