What is The Misery Index?
TBS’ latest show borrows its title from economics. In that context, the misery index is used for measuring the economic health of a country. Specifically, it uses unemployment rates, consumer prices, and inflation rates to help determine how the average citizen fares financially.
In 2016, Venezuela had the highest misery index and Japan had the lowest, for example. But on Jameela’s new show, you can forget all the politics and economics.
The “Misery Index,” as the show employs it, is a ranking system created by a team of therapists — and it’s a key instrument in the game show’s premise.