No, this is not a video of the YDKJ TV show that aired on ABC in 2001. It’s the YDKJ PC game with trivia all about TV shows! Fans of host Josh "Schmitty" Schmitstinstein will love this walk down boob-tube memory lane. If you thought all those hours of watching TV were good for nothing, then YOU DON’T KNOW JACK… Television!
User reviews:
Overall:
Mostly Positive (19 reviews) - 78% of the 19 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: May 9, 1997

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About This Game

No, this is not a video of the YDKJ TV show that aired on ABC in 2001. It’s the YDKJ PC game with trivia all about TV shows! Fans of host Josh "Schmitty" Schmitstinstein will love this walk down boob-tube memory lane.

If you thought all those hours of watching TV were good for nothing, then YOU DON’T KNOW JACK… Television! With more categories than your local cable provider, YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Television spans over 50 years of boob-tube trivia, from Ralph Kramden to the guy on “King of Queens” who looks like Ralph Kramden. So set down the remote and put your recliner in the upright and locked position… it’s YOU DON’T KNOW JACK Television!

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 500 MHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 128 MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 640 MB available space
    • Sound Card: 16-bit sound card
    • Additional Notes: The game runs at 640x480 max resolution. Manually adjust your Desktop resolution if you want the game to fill the screen.
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Overall:
Mostly Positive (19 reviews)
Recently Posted
Sarkoth
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 19
If you don't know You Don't Know Jack, you don't know jacks***.
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Catnipassian
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15
If you don't know anything about old TV I would not reccomend this game.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
epicfail236
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 26
Date: 2/25/16
Review Number: 27
Game: You Don't Know JACK (group review, classics)
From (Creator Publisher): Jackbox Games
Played On: Steambox (controller/keyboard)
Steam Price as of Review: $2.99 per game, $20.00 for all the classics
Total Time played: So much time
Review:

Having at least eight different versions of You Don't Know Jack in my steam list, I had a feeling that these were going to come up sooner or later, and so rather than bore you with the possibility of multiple reviews of what is essentially the same game done over and over, I'll just compress this down to one review, though it's the Television version that gets the lucky posting.

Now I have been a huge fan of trivia games for some time. Nearly every time I have deigned to grace others with my magical presence in a social situation has nearly always been in a bar that has trivia, and indeed my wife has an even greater breadth of trivia knowledge than I do. However, for the most part, I have found many trivia games, games that by their nature should be a social event, to be somewhat lacking on the PC and mobile devices. However, there is one specific series that has kept my attention for a large chunk of my portion as a breathing meatsack on this planet, and that is the You don't Know Jack series by the now named Jackbox Games. Now for the most part, trivia games have a very simple formula, you get asked questions, you answer them, and the fastest/most correct/best at distracting other players ends up winning. But what sets games apart in this genre is the social experience. are the questions amusing enough to keep a group entertained? Is the gameplay smooth enough to be somewhat transparent and intuitive? Are the questions easy enough to be generally answerable without insulting most player’s intelligence? If you can positively answer at least two of these questions you usually have a sellable game, however YDKJ has generally gotten all of them right. The questions are actual solid trivia type questions on par with even the more taxing game shows, yet they are framed in a almost slapstick environment that keeps players totally entertained. The multiplayer is seamless (particularly in the newer games from the party packs) and has been the source of many a shouting and cheering match at family gatherings. Even the voice acting is golden (though I prefer the newer announcer Cookie over Schmitty anyday), adding humor without drowning out the actual game itself.

All in all, YDKJ is the type of game that you buy and play and play and play until the questions start repeating themselves, and if you are able to get to that point while having four players running the game every time, you probably know enough people to run for public office, so be sure to be graceful in victory. Or pay your opponents, whatever works in your political arena.

Game’s Fate: Removed the old ones from the steambox, but I keep the new ones. Party games don't get any better than this.
Buy/No Buy: Specifically on the classics? They’re awesome, but unless you are a trivia nut, save your money for the newer ones in the party packs. Now the new ones. Those are a buy
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Salarn
( 0.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 10, 2015
https://youtu.be/cOFYtVt3kLU

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Back when this game was made it was a solid title, however it hasn't aged well enough to recommend. Also no Cookie!
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Through the Vain
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: September 30, 2015
meh
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TiffanyAK
( 0.8 hrs on record )
Posted: August 12, 2015
The television trivia is now extremely dated, of course, but the YDKJ fun is still there, and many questions pertain to classic television shows that even a modern audience at least has a chance of being familiar with via reruns and everything even if they are not major classic TV fans. The really tricky thing is when they bring in what even in the 90s would be considered obscure questions about little-known shows. But, regardless, even if you're just left randomly guessing answers to absurd questions, if you're a YDKJ fan, you'll still have a lot of fun. This is another one that I can't wait to try in multiplayer. I haven't had the chance yet, but it seems like it'd be a good opportunity for family fun, though I have a feeling my mom would win every time.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
MPO
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: August 2, 2015
Hosted by Schmitty, one of the better hosts of the series. Based on the YDKJ 2/3 engine.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Jr786
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Posted: February 10, 2015
Based on the Demo Version of this game from my Tomb Raider 2 PC Gamer Demo Disc, now in it's full Trinitron Television/Betamovie/FH-7 MK-2/ICF-7600D/CD Player/APM Speaker Sony State-of-the-Art Format just the way I like my 1980s, 1990s & 2005 TV/VHS/Betamax/DVD & Laserdisc Entertainment.
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Shyrr
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 1, 2015
Weird Quizshow. Works well.
Helpful? Yes No Funny
Orangerrific
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 16, 2014
Beware that this game (as well as YDKJ Movies) is VERY much dated. I might have to have my mother play this with me next time since she's a total 70's/80's TV buff.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2013
Are you an 80's kid? Can you PRETEND you're an 80's kid? Did you watch a LOT of tv? Like, old tv shows? You Don't Know Jack Television might be for you. Not a big fan of television? You won't know a single ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ thing they ask you. Definitely a niche game, your enjoyment is directly tied to your hopefully encyclopedic knowledge of television. So be warned; you better know your Thursday night NBC lineup for 1986.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16, 2014
Beware that this game (as well as YDKJ Movies) is VERY much dated. I might have to have my mother play this with me next time since she's a total 70's/80's TV buff.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Loved playing YDKJ back in my youth, but it seems the us versions of it are a tad too american for me as a German. Hence I don't know a thing, and am reduced to guessing all the time xD Still nice for its nostalgic feeling and humor. Got all YDKJ games very cheap during the sale in a bundle, so it isn't worth complaining about the culture barriere. Overall, it is a nice game for now and then, but nothing special.

For this game in particular, you better know everything about ♥♥♥-old tv-shows, or you will fail as much as I did xD
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 28, 2014
Very entertaining and VERY hard! This is no fluff trivia game. The questions tip both sides of the scale... I found it quite a challenge!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2014
Amazing, and hilarious
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 23, 2013
Classic YDKJ title - loved them back in the day, and still love to play them!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
Date: 2/25/16
Review Number: 27
Game: You Don't Know JACK (group review, classics)
From (Creator Publisher): Jackbox Games
Played On: Steambox (controller/keyboard)
Steam Price as of Review: $2.99 per game, $20.00 for all the classics
Total Time played: So much time
Review:

Having at least eight different versions of You Don't Know Jack in my steam list, I had a feeling that these were going to come up sooner or later, and so rather than bore you with the possibility of multiple reviews of what is essentially the same game done over and over, I'll just compress this down to one review, though it's the Television version that gets the lucky posting.

Now I have been a huge fan of trivia games for some time. Nearly every time I have deigned to grace others with my magical presence in a social situation has nearly always been in a bar that has trivia, and indeed my wife has an even greater breadth of trivia knowledge than I do. However, for the most part, I have found many trivia games, games that by their nature should be a social event, to be somewhat lacking on the PC and mobile devices. However, there is one specific series that has kept my attention for a large chunk of my portion as a breathing meatsack on this planet, and that is the You don't Know Jack series by the now named Jackbox Games. Now for the most part, trivia games have a very simple formula, you get asked questions, you answer them, and the fastest/most correct/best at distracting other players ends up winning. But what sets games apart in this genre is the social experience. are the questions amusing enough to keep a group entertained? Is the gameplay smooth enough to be somewhat transparent and intuitive? Are the questions easy enough to be generally answerable without insulting most player’s intelligence? If you can positively answer at least two of these questions you usually have a sellable game, however YDKJ has generally gotten all of them right. The questions are actual solid trivia type questions on par with even the more taxing game shows, yet they are framed in a almost slapstick environment that keeps players totally entertained. The multiplayer is seamless (particularly in the newer games from the party packs) and has been the source of many a shouting and cheering match at family gatherings. Even the voice acting is golden (though I prefer the newer announcer Cookie over Schmitty anyday), adding humor without drowning out the actual game itself.

All in all, YDKJ is the type of game that you buy and play and play and play until the questions start repeating themselves, and if you are able to get to that point while having four players running the game every time, you probably know enough people to run for public office, so be sure to be graceful in victory. Or pay your opponents, whatever works in your political arena.

Game’s Fate: Removed the old ones from the steambox, but I keep the new ones. Party games don't get any better than this.
Buy/No Buy: Specifically on the classics? They’re awesome, but unless you are a trivia nut, save your money for the newer ones in the party packs. Now the new ones. Those are a buy
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
The television trivia is now extremely dated, of course, but the YDKJ fun is still there, and many questions pertain to classic television shows that even a modern audience at least has a chance of being familiar with via reruns and everything even if they are not major classic TV fans. The really tricky thing is when they bring in what even in the 90s would be considered obscure questions about little-known shows. But, regardless, even if you're just left randomly guessing answers to absurd questions, if you're a YDKJ fan, you'll still have a lot of fun. This is another one that I can't wait to try in multiplayer. I haven't had the chance yet, but it seems like it'd be a good opportunity for family fun, though I have a feeling my mom would win every time.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
A classic trivia game? Yes please. A classic trivia game full of classic TV trivia? Also yes please. A classic trivia game full of classic TV trivia peppered with clever jokes and wordplay (and the occasional fart gag)? Very yes please.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 23, 2014
Wow... sometimes I feel old. Then I play this game and realise I know very little about TV older than me.
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