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The Cube (American Game Show)

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The Cube
Created byAdam Adler
Based onThe Cube
Directed byOllie Bartlett
Presented byDwyane Wade
Voices ofColin McFarlane
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11
Executive producer(s)
  • Glenn Coomber
  • Layla Smite
  • Jilly Pearce
  • Dwyane Wade
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
  • All3Media America
  • Objective Media Group America
Original networkTBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJune 10, 2021 (2021-06-10) –
External links

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The Cube is an American television game show competition based on the British series of the same name that premiered on TBS on June 10, 2021.[1] It is hosted by Dwyane Wade.[2]


The game is played in teams of two people and occurs within a transparent Perspex cube. The goal is to complete a series of seven games, each of which awards an increasing amount of prize money, before failing a total of nine times.

The contestant begins with nine lives, and loses one for every unsuccessful attempt at a game. The contestant must repeat the game until they either complete it or run out of lives; in the latter case, the game ends and the contestants leave with nothing. When a contestant succeeds, they are shown a preview of the next game and can decide to either stop playing and keep their winnings, or continue and risk the money. During a preview, the game is named and described by a male computer voice and demonstrated by a figure dressed in a full-body jumpsuit and featureless metal mask.

Certain games have specific restrictions added to increase their difficulty, such as a time limit or allowing the use of only one hand. If the contestant violates any such restriction, they immediately lose a life.

The contestant is given two forms of assistance, each of which may be used once. "Simplify" reduces the difficulty of a game, such as by allowing more time or increasing the size of a target zone – though the precise nature of the change is not revealed until after the contestant chooses to use Simplify. The simplification remains in effect until the contestant either completes that game or runs out of lives. "One Shot" allows the contestant to switch places with the host in a single-player game. The host will have one attempt to complete the game. If the host fails to complete the game, the team loses a life and the host switch places with the contestant.

The seventh and final game is worth a jackpot of $250,000; contestants who complete this game are said to have "beaten the Cube".[3]


In July 2020, the show began casting for contestants.[4][5] It was later revealed that Dwyane Wade would be the host and executive producer.[6][7] The show premiered on June 10, 2021.[8][9][10]

Prize Money[edit]

Since the first episode, The Cube has had a prize money structure starting at $1,000 and ending at the $250,000 jackpot. Below is a breakdown of the prize money structure, showing the game number and amount of prize money that can be won for successfully completing that game. If a player loses all their lives at any point during the game, they lose all the money they have accumulated to that point.

Stage Amount
Game 1 $1,000
Game 2 $5,000
Game 3 $10,000
Game 4 $20,000
Game 5 $50,000
Game 6 $100,000
Game 7 $250,000


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  2. Tynes, Tyler (June 8, 2021). "Dwyane Wade Is A Game Show Host Now". GQ.
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  4. Davis, Alex (July 9, 2020). "The Cube Casting for American Adaptation". BuzzerBlog.
  5. Mason, Madison (July 9, 2020). "Now Casting: The Cube!". Instagram. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "WarnerMedia Remaking British Game Show 'The Cube' With NBA Star Dwyane Wade Set As Host & EP". Deadline. August 5, 2020.
  7. Davis, Alex (August 5, 2020). "Dwyane Wade to host The Cube USA for WarnerMedia". BuzzerBlog.
  8. Umstead, R. Thomas (April 20, 2021). "TBS to Debut 'The Cube' Game Show in June". Nexttv.
  9. Jacobs, Meredith (April 20, 2021). "'The Cube': Dwyane Wade Hosts — and Plays in? — New High-Stakes Game Show on TBS". TV Insider.
  10. Jensen, Erin (June 10, 2021). "Dwyane Wade's new game show gig, and why he and Gabrielle Union would be 'terrible' contestants". USA Today.

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