'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Turns 20: See How the Show Evolved (PHOTOS)

Dan Clarendon

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire quietly ended its 20-season run earlier this year, and to say it’s the end of an era would indeed be our “final answer.”

Especially during its debut season, the televised trivia show had America on the edge of its seat — and cheering when John Carpenter, the first grand prize winner, used his Phone a Friend lifeline to tell his father he knew the answer to his $1 million question.

Millionaire turns 20 years old on August 16, and to mark the occasion, we’re recapping five ways the show evolved over its two decades on television. Check ‘em out in the gallery above.

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