5 Made-Up Sitcom Games to Try This Weekend

True American From “New Girl”

This history-based game is 90% drinking game with a loose Candyland-like structure. Essentially you must drink your way across the furniture, and be the first to reach the castle and take a swig from the bottle. You must remember to stay out of the lava and always be holding a beer. You take turns moving from furniture to furniture while shouting random facts from history. You must finish your beer before moving on.

What you need:

  • A bottle of liquor and many beers to build a castle in the center of the room.
  • Tables, chairs, pillows, and other items to avoid stepping in the molten lava covering the floor.
  • A loose knowledge of American history.

Chances you’ll finish: 75%. If everyone agrees to play with loose rules, there should be a winner–assuming they don’t fall to their death in a pit of lava.

Chardee MacDennis from “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia”

This is not a game, this is a war. The game has three rounds Mind (wine), Body (beer), and Spirit (hard liquor), where you will drink corresponding types of alcohol. You must complete the required number of challenges within each level to advance and win the game.

What you need:

  • Game pieces—this can be anything from a Barbie, GI Joe, troll, or any other human-esque piece.
  • Enough wine, beer, and liquor to finish each round.
  • Pre-made trivia cards based solely on opinions.
  • A chess timer.
  • Dog kennel.
  • Dartboard and darts.
  • Grapes.
  • Clay.
  • Cake ingredients (all uncooked).
  • Pen and paper.
  • Coin.
  • First Aid Kit.

Chances you’ll finish: 50%. The rules are laid out for you, so playability is high, but do you have the mental and physical toughness to complete every challenge? Remember, after two straight hours of Mac and Charlie berating her, Dee cried for a month straight and attempted suicide. So play at your own risk.

Bamboozled from “Friends”

What’s so hard to understand? You spin the Wheel of Mayhem to go up the Ladder of Chance, you go past the Mud Hut, through the Rainbow Ring to get to the Golden Monkey. You yank his tail and boom! You’re in Paradise Pond.

What you need:

  • Trivia cards.
  • Wicked Wango Cards, Wheel of Mayhem, Google Cards, Ladder of Chance, Golden Mud Hut, Rainbow Ring, Golden Monkey, Time Turtle, and a Paradise Pond.
  • Or, a great imagination.
  • And an overzealous host.

Chances you’ll finish: 3%. The show doesn’t give you enough information to create a real-life version of the game, but I give you guys a little credit to fill in the blanks.

Marshgammon from “How I Met Your Mother”

Never say “what” and always tell the truth. This game was created by Marshall and it’s a combination of Candyland, Pictionary, and I Never. You follow the Candyland board answering personal questions and drinking your way to the Candy Castle.

What you need:

  • Candyland game board.
  • Taboo buzzer.
  • Poker chips.
  • Twister spinner.
  • Game pieces.
  • Poker chips.
  • Autobiographical question cards.
  • A deck of cards, drawing paper, markers, a bowl, and a hat.
  • Lots and lots of booze.

Chances you’ll finish: 60%. And chances are, you’ll probably forget the rules and just finish with a game of I Never.

Double Cranko from “M*A*S*H”

Poker was a popular game for soldiers to soften wartime hardships, but they were overseas awhile so it didn’t take long for them to spin the rules—hence, Double Cranko. It’s a combination or Chess, Checkers, Gin Rummy, and Poker. Checkers are wild and a bishop equals three jacks. Other than that, you’re on your own.

What you need:

  • Chess board and pieces.
  • Checker pieces.
  • A deck of cards.

Chances you’ll finish: 45%. I’m giving you the benefit of the doubt. Assign the remaining chess pieces to an amount and see if you can make a Full House out of it.


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