There’s an old joke about the poor man who always wanted to try blintzes, but could never afford it. But one day, his loving wife comes with a plate of blintzes. “Only, I couldn’t afford the milk neededl I had to just use water. And the eggs are smaller than they supposed to be. And I couldn’t get the right cheese, I had to use cottage cheese. And I couldn’t get apple sauce for the topping; I had to go with cucumbers.”
He takes a bite. “Thank you so much for trying dear – but what those rich people see in blintzes, I’ll never know.”
The show Downfall is like that. It seems clear that someone said “lets have a quiz show on the top of a skyscraper… and while the contestant is getting the answers wrong, we’ll be dropping all the prizes they aren’t winning off the top of the building.” And somehow, by the time the expenses are worked out, and the lawyers get their digs in, and various other practicalities are thrown in… its a quiz show where replicas of the prizes are dropped from a 100 foot “skyscraper”.