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Classic TV Discussion: Game Shows


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#1 OFFLINE   Stuart Sweet

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:15 AM

Personally I think game shows were so much better when I was younger. Here are a list of a few I liked:

  • Card Sharks: "Higher!"
  • Password: You younguns would never guess what a raunchy sense of humor Betty White had!
  • Hollywood Squares: At least half the fun was the stuff they couldn't say!
  • Match Game: At least half the fun was the stuff they did say!
  • $25,000 Pyramid: Pass! (back when you could buy something with $25,000)

Basically any game where celebrities sat around with impossibly loud outfits, cigarettes in one hand, liquor in the other, and you never knew what would happen.

Today all you get is Alex Trebek pretending to know everything.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:19 AM

Personally I think game shows were so much better when I was younger. Here are a list of a few I liked:

  • Card Sharks: "Higher!"
  • Password: You younguns would never guess what a raunchy sense of humor Betty White had!
  • Hollywood Squares: At least half the fun was the stuff they couldn't say!
  • Match Game: At least half the fun was the stuff they did say!
  • $25,000 Pyramid: Pass! (back when you could buy something with $25,000)

Basically any game where celebrities sat around with impossibly loud outfits, cigarettes in one hand, liquor in the other, and you never knew what would happen.

Today all you get is Alex Trebek pretending to know everything.


What about Monty Hall and "Let's Make a Deal". Some of the outfits those people wore to get on tv, and how many times did he have to warn the ladies to put their signs down so he didnt get whacked with em? That was a classic. I miss Wheel of Fortune when you could buy stuff, I'll take the ceramic dalmation for $250 please Pat.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:27 AM

Oh yeah, Jay Stewart was great, and my 2nd favorite TV blooper of all time is from that show. Apparently Monty was walking around when he came to a woman dressed as a baby, with a bottle. So you know, he would offer people money if they had a common item in their possession. So he says to the lady, referring to the baby bottle,

"Ok, I'll give you $50 if you can show me another nipple."

Anyone whose mind went anywhere but the baby bottle, shame on you.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:45 AM

From the 'wayback machine' there was "What's My Line?" on Sunday nights, with Garry
Moore as host and Dorothy Kilgallen, Bennet Cerf and some other panelists I can't recall.
It was like '20 questions, but the celeb panelists had to guess the guest's occupation and
Each incorrect guess got the guest a whopping ten dollars which was tallied on flip-cards. :lol:

It was somewhat interesting back in the day, but I don't think it would hold a candle to today's
million-dollar shows.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 09:56 AM

I rememeber seeing this next one on GSN....."Beat the Clock", some of the stunts they did to wint some cheesy stuff but man was it funny.....

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 10:43 AM

Maybe not a true game show but great none the less was the Gong show.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:02 AM

I always enjoyed "Concentration" (I don't remember the host) and "Truth or Consequences" hosted by Bob Barker.
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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:05 AM

I always enjoyed "Concentration" (I don't remember the host) and "Truth or Consequences" hosted by Bob Barker.


Concentration was hosted by Hugh Downs. For part of that time he was also doing the Today show, and I think it also overlapped his stint as Jack Paar's announcer. (Boy, am I old!)

There's also these oldies but goodies:

To Tell the Truth (Mondays, 7:30 ET, CBS, Bud Collyer)
I've Got a Secret (Mondays, 8 PM, CBS, Garry Moore)
You Don't Say (weekday afternoons, NBC, Tom Kennedy)

Kennedy was one of 3 game-show host brothers.

Quiz: Can anyone name the other two?

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:12 AM

I loved Press Your Luck....

"Big money, no whammy, stop!"

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:15 AM

Tic-Tac-Dough with Wink Martindale

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:19 AM

Press your luck was a good one. I remember when that one guy figured it out and won tons of money.

I watch a lot of GSN. :)

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 11:21 AM

Oh, and of course, Who Do You Trust (weekday afternoons, ABC, Johnny Carson)

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 12:56 PM

Let's Make A Deal - LOVED the cars and appliances.
Press Your Luck - As a kid, I loved to see Whammy take the money.
To Tell The Truth - Not sure why, but I always enjoyed it.
Match Game - It made me <blank>
Gong Show - Gene Gene The Dancin' Machine. Nuff said.

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:09 PM

The price is right
You bet your life with Graco Marx
The Dating Game
The Newly Wed Game
Name that Tune
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#15 OFFLINE   MikeW

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Posted 11 December 2007 - 01:15 PM

Name that Tune and Split Second were a couple of my favorites. I can't even remember the premise of Split Second, but contestants could win a car at the end of every game.




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