- Summary: Millionaires are sent to live undercover on a low budget before they reveal their identities and donate money to the people they met during the show.
- Genre(s): Drama, Reality, Game Show
- Season 2 premiere date: Mar 6, 2011
- Episode Length: 60
- Air Time: 08:00 PM
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What Secret Millionaire has no time to explore, conveniently, are the causes of poverty or any larger issues. It is, essentially, all about creating a cathartic experience, where the millionaire's checks affix band-aids to everything from soup kitchens to kidney-dialysis patients.
There's something secretly skeevy about self-made, self- promoting millionaires being given an hour-long, personal infomercial for doing what should be done in private--giving money to charity.
Both "Restaurant" and Millionaire stir similar pots of self-pride, entrepreneurship and the psychic reward of sharing one's good fortune. But because the medium is television--reality television--each show collapses under the pressure of showing off its sense of nobility and higher purpose.