For those interested in the premise of the show, here it is:
“(Salon) Here’s the premise of the show, as Lyons explains it. A family dealing with what CBS euphemistically calls “financial setbacks” is given a briefcase full of $101,000. They are then shown another “financial setbacks”-plagued family and are told they must decide how much of the cash to share — if any. Unbeknownst to either family, this alienating setup is presented to both. Lyons writes that in the early episodes sent to critics, the families find their responsibility to be so great as to cause one woman to vomit and “several” to say it’s “the hardest decision they’ve ever made.”
How do they make such a decision? By engaging in a time-honored American tradition of separating the poor into two, mutually exclusive categories: those who deserve to be poor, and those who don’t.”
The show basically highlights the lottery aspect of big money in our economy. This invisible hand comes from out of nowhere to offer a family a respite away from soul crunching poverty but at the same time, you are forced to act out your emotional struggle on screen. The bread and circus aspect of our media.
taken from here