Qi

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  • TV-PG
  • 2014
  • 21 Seasons
  • 8.6  (33,518)

In 2003, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) premiered the comedy panel show Qi, starring Alan Davies. The show is a unique blend of comedy, trivia, and general knowledge, making it an instant hit among British audiences. Qi is a game show where guests are challenged on their knowledge of science, history, geography, and everything in between. The contestants of the show are comedians, actors, writers, and other celebrities who are put to the test with increasingly bizarre and obscure questions.

Alan Davies serves as a permanent panelist on Qi, and he is joined by another trio of guests each show. The contestants are challenged to answer questions that are often misleading or confusing, as opposed to just being difficult. This adds to the hilarity of the show, as the guests often come up with absurd responses to the questions that are posed to them.

The show's name, Qi, comes from the Chinese word for "life force" or "energy." However, the show's acronym stands for "Quite Interesting," which accurately sums up what the show is about. Qi is unlike other quiz shows in that it focuses on discovering the quirkier side of things, rather than just reciting dry facts. Trivia topics on the show have included everything from the history of the plastic bag to what colors animals can see.

One of the most appealing things about Qi is its clever humor. The show's host, Stephen Fry, often adds his own brand of witty humor, making fun of both the contestants and himself. Fry's humor serves to make the show lighthearted and entertaining, even when the questions can be quite challenging.

Qi has also become famous for its buzzer system. Rather than using traditional buzzers to answer questions, contestants must instead shout out a funny and obscure word related to the question they're attempting to answer. This makes the show all the more entertaining, as guests often come up with amusing responses.

In addition to its humorous approach to trivia games, Qi is also known for its creative set design. The show's set is built to resemble a library or bookstore, filled with floor-to-ceiling shelves of books. This design is intended to reinforce the show's focus on knowledge and learning.

Qi is much more than just a game show, it has become a cultural phenomenon in the years since its premiere. The show has a devoted following, and its unique approach to trivia and humor have made it an enduring staple of British television culture.

Conclusion

Qi is a beloved BBC panel show that's been on the air for nearly two decades. Thanks to the wildly humorous and intelligent series premise, it has spawned several regional adaptations worldwide, including in Denmark, Germany, and Russia. The show's humor, combined with its quirky and original approach to trivia, has earned it legions of fans and made it one of the most popular shows on British television. Overall, Qi is a show that blends humor and trivia in a way that is both entertaining and educational, making it a must-watch for anyone who loves learning with a twist.

Qi is a series that is currently running and has 21 seasons (286 episodes). The series first aired on March 3, 2014.

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Seasons
VG 2
17. VG 2
May 17, 2024
More of the best moments from the U series of QI, hosted by Sandi Toksvig with Alan Davies and their guests.
QI VG: Part 1
16. QI VG: Part 1
May 10, 2024
A selection of the best moments from series U, with Sandi Toksvig, Alan Davies and their guests.
Ulex
15. Ulex
April 30, 2024
Sandi Toksvig is joined by Bridget Christie, Rosie Jones, Cariad Lloyd and Alan Davies to find out about ulex and other obscure U words.
Underground and Underwater
14. Underground and Underwater
April 23, 2024
Sandi is joined by Zoe Lyons, Dan Tiernan, Josh Widdicombe and Alan Davies for an underground and underwater episode of QI.
Upbringing
13. Upbringing
April 16, 2024
Sandi Toksvig takes a look at upbringing with Sally Phillips, Josh Pugh, Aaron Simmonds and Alan Davies.
University
12. University
April 9, 2024
Sandi Toksvig goes to university with Guz Khan, Joe Lycett, Morgana Robinson and Alan Davies.
Underthings
11. Underthings
April 2, 2024
Sandi Toksvig is joined by Maisie Adam, Daliso Chaponda, Jack Dee and Alan Davies for a look at some underthings.
Upsadaisy
10. Upsadaisy
March 25, 2024
Sandi Toksvig hosts an 'upsadaisy' episode of QI and is joined by Justin Moorhouse, Emmanuel Sonubi, Holly Walsh and Alan Davies.
Unrelated
9. Unrelated
February 26, 2024
Sandi Toksvig looks at a range of unrelated 'U' topics with Tom Allen, Chris McCausland, Lou Sanders and Alan Davies.
'U' Animals
8. 'U' Animals
February 19, 2024
Sandi Toksvig, Rhod Gilbert, Lara Ricote, Ahir Shah and Alan Davies look at some animals beginning with 'U'.
Ufology
7. Ufology
February 12, 2024
Sandi Toksvig dusts off her tinfoil hat for a look at ufology with Cally Beaton, Nish Kumar, Tom Ward and Alan Davies.
Ultras
6. Ultras
February 5, 2024
Sandi Toksvig presents an ultra-interesting episode of QI with Jordan Gray, Jason Manford, Sara Pascoe and Alan Davies.
Uncle Sam
5. Uncle Sam
January 25, 2024
Sandi Toksvig puts the UK-US special relationship under the microscope with Kemah Bob, Alex Edelman, David Mitchell, and Alan Davies.
Unsavoury
4. Unsavoury
January 18, 2024
Join Sandi Toksvig for a thoroughly Unsavoury episode of QI, with Gyles Brandreth, Judi Love, Kiri Pritchard-McLean, and Alan Davies.
United
3. United
January 11, 2024
Sandi Toksvig, Nabil Abdulrashid, Bill Bailey, Victoria Coren Mitchell and Alan Davies are all in it together for this United episode.
Upside Down
2. Upside Down
January 4, 2024
Sandi Toksvig is joined by Aisling Bea, Urzila Carlson, Romesh Ranganathan and Alan Davies for an upside-down episode.
All I Want for Christmas Is U
1. All I Want for Christmas Is U
December 17, 2023
Sandi Toksvig is joined by Eshaan Akbar, Jo Brand, Jimmy Carr and Alan Davies for a festive special.
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Where to Watch Qi
Qi is available for streaming on the BBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Qi on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 3, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (33,518)