CBS had effectively created a nonviolent version of the Hunger Games, where instead of mercilessly killing your adversary for entertainment, you're adding a bit of psychological torture to their already-significant problems. This s**t sandwich is topped off at the end by the narrator talking about how these families will learn it's not about money, but the journey ... If by "journey," they mean throwing someone a magic bag of money, making them feel like all their problems are solved, and then telling them only a total dick would solve their own problems with a magic bag of money. That's definitely a journey, but the kind the Devil or Willy Wonka would take you on, not a cute prime-time game show.
Thankfully, the show did not make it beyond its original episode order. News agencies picked up on the Category 8 ethics shitstorm that was about to hit CBS, and audiences turned on the show before it even aired. America's reaction was reassuring, even if it doesn't bode well for seeing a real-life Running Man in our lifetime.