Behind the Doors
The Ride is Real
The cab ride is completely real. While Bailey might not control the effects, he sure does control the car. The cab has a real, working fare meter as required by the city of New York. However, no matter if you win or lose, you don’t have to pay when you get a ride in the Cash Cab.
Some of the contestants that appear on the show are actually approached by some of the production coordinators for Cash Cab. They don’t actually say that they’re with Cash Cab, but instead, they ask different questions and even ask them to participate in a survey to see if they’d be a fit with an “unnamed game show.”
Everything isn’t actually shown on camera. The surprise and reaction to the lights on the ceiling are real, but after that, the contestants are actually pulled over so they can sign a bunch of different forms with some of the production assistants.
These forms even include agreements that they will pay the taxes on any winnings and a nondisclosure agreement about the outcome of their game.
Cash Cab is one of the most innovative game shows in recent memory. Everything seems like it happens in a normal cab ride in New York… but does it?