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Title: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 05, 2013, 11:44:02 AM
Hello, and welcome to The List o' Crap 69 Countdown: Top 51 Game Shows.

I, CJones, will be your host for the next 10 days or so. Joining me will an illustrious panel of eight other judges, whom I'm hoping will voice their opinions on those shows for which my knowledge is somewhat lacking. And of course, all input from any guest panelists is welcome.

Translation: If you have anything to contribute, whether you submitted a list or not, please feel free to do so.

So let's start... THE LIST!
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 05, 2013, 12:20:18 PM
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Time to start Running!...Listing!


Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 05, 2013, 12:35:25 PM
#51(Tie) The Mole - 22 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/Gd2JjQXSgYU

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The Mole started as a Belgian reality TV show in 1999. It has since been licensed to at least 40 other countries, including the US. Players were expected to work together in various challenges to build up a cash prize. However, one contestant was chosen by the producers to be "The Mole". His or her job was to sabotage the efforts of the others, without bringing too much suspicion upon themselves.

At the end of each episode, the remaining contestants would take a quiz regarding the identity of the Mole. The lowest scorer would be eliminated. Eventually the show would come down to three contestants: 2 regular players and the Mole. A final quiz is given to all three, and the one who scores the highest is declared winner.

The show was particularly successful in The Netherlands, running for 13 seasons. 

 
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 05, 2013, 01:51:54 PM
#51(Tie) The Mole - 22 Points
Never heard of it.

Gasp!

The season with Anderson Cooper was super fun, could do without the celebrity editions they did though
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 05, 2013, 02:52:15 PM

#51 (Tie) Survivor - 22 Points


http://www.youtube.com/v/qv7L7sHchUs

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Although made famous in the US, the show actually started in 1997 in Sweden, under the name "Expedition Robinson". It was picked up in 2000 by CBS and retitled "Survivor". Hosted by Jeff Probst in the US, Survivor is in it's 26th season.

16 or more competitors are "stranded" in some remote location where they are expected to fend for themselves, which involves finding food and making shelter. There are a variety of "mini"-games held during the contest, in which contestants can win prizes ranging from luxuries to immunity from the next tribal vote.

At the end of each week, the remaining contestants vote who is to be kicked off the show.

Personally, I stopped watching the show after Rudy (US season 1) got voted off.

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 05, 2013, 04:44:03 PM
Do you think the show would have been as successful in America under the title Expedition Robinson?  Would MST3k been successful with that title?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 05, 2013, 05:58:56 PM
Probably not. But then again, my major complaint about the show was that it had less to do with survival, and more to do with politics. They took what could have been a very interesting survivalist show, and ruined it. First was the obvious omnipresence of the crew, and then the myriad of bonus games that had nothing to do with survival. And then the losers were decided based on who was least popular. It's like High School all over again  >:(

I'd like to see all the winners compete in a true "Survivor Takes All" Deathmatch style tournament.
 

Imrahil, I know you've heard of the next one. However, I never have, so I'm counting on you to elaborate.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 05, 2013, 08:13:01 PM
I'd watch Survivor again if they did a show in Anartica or on top of Everest.

But that will never happen, there would never be an oppurtinity for attractive people to take their clothes off.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 05, 2013, 09:35:22 PM
#51 (Tie) Says You!
http://www.youtube.com/v/7qp4iwkIIh4
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Says You! is a radio show out of Boston Mass. It's a panel game, consisting of 2 teams of three panelists each. On the odd numbered days of the week they play various brain teaser type games. On Tuesdays and Thursdays they play the "Says You!" bluffing round, in which both teams are asked to define something obscure, but only one team is told what the obscure thing is.

This is where I request Imrahil's help. I've never heard of Says You!, and if you can provide a better description, please do so

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 06, 2013, 02:25:54 PM
#51 (Tie) The Adventure Game - 22 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/5TKCsA6XdYc

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The Adventure game ran in the UK from 1980 to 1986. In it, two celebrities and one member of the general public were "transported" to the planet Arg. There, they are tasked with solving various logic puzzles necessary to advance the story. The show has a very D&D meets Douglas Adams feel to it. In fact Adams was asked to write for the show, but was forced to turn down the offer as he was already committed to writing a TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

The show is considered by many to be the predecessor to The Crystal Maze.

And that's the last of the #51's. Next we get two #47's
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2013, 02:36:35 PM
Awesome, I mostly remember the vortex at the end and the growling pot plant. :)



Tons of fun.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 06, 2013, 04:16:36 PM
#47 (Tie) Top Chef - 23 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/jFmvIR0yNoY

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Top Chef is a reality show about cooking. It airs on the BRAVO network in the US, starting in 2006, and has run for 10 seasons so far. Each week the contestants are put through cooking related challenges, and their work is judged by a panel of professional chefs and other culinary notables. At the end of each episode, one or more of the contestants are asked to leave. The US version has spawned 9 international variants.

The judges have varied over the seasons, and have included many well known celebrity chefs like Emeril Lagasse and Wolfgang Puck. However, with the exception of season 1, the host, who also acts as one of the judges, has been Padma Lakshmi. Yes, the same Padma Lakshmi who played Sylk in Glitter.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 06, 2013, 05:12:43 PM
Sorry, I picked a different cooking show.  I've never actually seen Top Chef, but I love cooking contests.  Including fictional ones from Japan.  It's a genre over there.

http://www.youtube.com/v/tLsuV3xPRsg

http://www.youtube.com/v/XjY6vSlVvnY

Despite exaggeration said shows (particularly the former which is more ridiculous despite the fact that the latter intentionally satirizes the genre) are usually done with cooking consultants giving advice, so I find there is a lot to learn from said shows, though usually the comics are better.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 06, 2013, 06:26:43 PM
#47 (Tie) Knightmare - 23 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/mcU4BCTj0Ik http://www.youtube.com/v/ztV-tyAdWm0

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Knightmare was a British children's show that ran from 1987 to 1994. It involved four children, one "Dungeoneer" and three "Advisers". The Dungeoneer traversed a series of rooms (which were actually blue screen effects) while wearing a helmet that restricted his vision to his immediate surroundings. The three Advisers could see everything that was happening and had to give the Dungeoneer instructions on what to do. This not only included telling him which directions to walk in, but also how to solve puzzles. The advisers could also cast spells by literally spelling out what they wanted. The Dungeoneer had to collect food, which he would put in his knapsack. Doing so would restore his life force, which acted as a kind of time limit.

I wish I had seen this when I was a kid. It looks cool.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 06, 2013, 07:24:53 PM
#45 (Tie) The Unbelievable Truth - 24 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/rzk6v5oL4iI

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The Unbelievable Truth is a radio panel show produced by BBC Radio. It started it's run in 2007 and is still on the air. Each series consists of six episodes, and the show is currently in series 11.

The show consists of four panelists. Each in turn is given a subject, about which they have to fabricate a lecture which is almost entirely made up. However they have to sneak 5 actual facts into the lecture as well. Players score points for each truth they successfully get past the other three players, and for each truth they recognize as a truth during the other players lectures. OTOH, claiming something in another player's lecture to be fact when it isn't, causes that player to lose a point. Players can also win bonus points for revealing "unintentional" truths during another player's lecture.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Kete on April 06, 2013, 07:32:21 PM
I just realized that I completely forgot to include a certain cooking show....
What is wrong with me?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: The Lurker on April 06, 2013, 07:35:07 PM
I forgot to submit completely... or procrastinated.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 06, 2013, 07:37:01 PM
"I believe Eskimos have at some point made pie out of Penguin. Oh wait, I just realized they're on opposite sides of the world."  :P
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 06, 2013, 07:44:46 PM
Knightmare really was very cool, but wouldn't have been anywhere near as cool without Treguard. The rest of the cast were good too but he was fantastic.

When the dungeoneer died, which they almost always did, you got to hear him say "oooh, nasty" and that was always awesome. :D
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 06, 2013, 08:25:32 PM
#45 (Tie) The Newlywed Game - 24 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/HwIpqfVMbgo

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The Newlywed Game has been on and off the air in various incarnations from 1966 on ABC to it's present version on GSN. And although there have been several hosts over that time, Bob Eubanks was the first and by far most well known.

The show involves 4 recently married couples. First the women have to predict how their husbands will answer a certain question, then vice versa. Every time their answers match, that couple scores points. As the game frequently involved material that some would consider risque (especially in 1966), Eubanks used the euphemism "make woopie" to get around not being allowed to explicitly ask about sex. The term became such a hallmark of the show, that is was continued to be used long after the ban on sex-talk was lifted.

And yes, this show has allegedly led to a fair number of divorces

The show is also responsible for creating one of the most infamous moments in game show history:

http://www.youtube.com/v/4XM5hbS7GlU
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 07, 2013, 06:30:22 AM
That Knightmare episode was amazing!  If I watched enough of that, it would have easily made my list.  So cool!
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 07, 2013, 06:55:21 PM
I apologize for not posting any today. If I can claim this excuse a second time, my health problems have caught up with me again.

I promise though, I will be back tomorrow, and with more ties than you can shake a stick at. Seriously, there's two more #45's, followed by three #41's. On the plus side, we'll finally be getting into the realm of games that more than one person voted for.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 08, 2013, 04:31:56 PM
#45 (Tie) Estate of Panic - 24 points

http://www.youtube.com/v/HQYFIJgjw9o  http://www.youtube.com/v/XUe7xwUOfS0

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Sorry but I couldn't find any full episodes on Youtube.

Estate of Panic was a six episode reality mini-series on the Sci Fi (now SyFy) channel in the US. It's been described as a combination of Fear Factor (which had the same producer) and The Crystal Maze. Seven contestants are tasked with finding as much money as they can, hidden in a series of rooms that are supposedly part of a huge mansion. However the rooms are, shall we say, inhospitable, and become more so over time. The last person left in a room is eliminated, as is the person who found the least money. After 3 rooms, 6 of the 7 contestants will have been eliminated. The last contestant left then gets to visit the final room, The Vault. Inside the Vault they'll be bound in some way. They have a set amount of time to free themselves, find as much money as they can, and get out before time runs out and the Vault door closes.

The actual mansion was in Argentina, but some of the rooms were sets. They didn't want to wreck an actual mansion after all. Brazil and Ukraine also produced their own versions of the show.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 08, 2013, 05:02:30 PM
#45 (Tie) Big Brother - 24 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/tY0PCxTSdbI

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Big Brother is much like Survivor, minus the surviving aspect. 12-16 people have to live together in one big house for up to three months. During that time, cameras and microphones stationed around the house record everything they do. At regular intervals, the housemates are asked to privately nominate another housemate for eviction. Then, depending on which version of the show you're watching, either the housemates vote on who to kick out, or the audience calls in their own votes.

The show originated in The Netherlands in 1999. It has since spread to 51 countries and regions. Monty specified the UK version, so I chose an episode from that. The UK has two different Big Brother shows: the regular version, and a celebrity version.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 08, 2013, 05:31:24 PM
#41 (Tie) Win, Lose or Draw - 25 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/nDfYf_gio3A

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Win Lose or Draw was created in 1987 by Burt Reynolds and Bert Convy. Convy also hosted the show's first 2 seasons, and the set for the show was modeled after Reynolds actual living room. The show ran for 3 seasons.

The show involved two teams of three people each. Two of the people on each team were celebrities, with the third person being the actual contestant. They would take turns attempting to convey to their teammates some well known person, place, thing or phrase using only drawings. And they couldn't speak or use any letters or numbers. If they failed to do so, the other team got to take a guess to steal the points.

An unusual aspect of this show is that there were separate daytime and evening versions. The daytime version was hosted by Viki Lawrence instead of Bert Convy. Also, while the evening version was syndicated, the daytime version was owned by NBC. 

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 08, 2013, 05:42:30 PM
Jimmy Fallon plays win lose or draw on his show often.  My favorite episodes are when he plays game shows  with Betty White.

And I cant belive I forgot Big Brother
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: goflyblind on April 08, 2013, 05:59:10 PM
Aka, pictionary.

if i had submitted a list, that would've been on mine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictionary_(1997_game_show)).
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 08, 2013, 06:18:21 PM
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Win, Lose or Draw
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The show that no one really loved, but was acknowledged to have existed.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 08, 2013, 07:19:21 PM
#41 (Tie) Just a Minute - 25 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/4c_GyvUNoYE

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Just a Minute is a BBC4 Radio and TV show that's been on the air since 1967. Making it one of the longest running game shows in history that's still on the air. What's even more amazing is that Nicholas Parsons, who is currently 89 years old, has been the show's one and only host for it's entire run.

The concept for the show is quite simple, which many attribute it's longevity to. There are four panelists. Each in turn is given a subject about which they must talk, without "repetition, hesitation or deviation" for one minute. If they stop talking, repeat a word other than the subject, or get off topic, one of the other panelists can buzz in and challenge them. The host acts as judge, determining whether the challenge is justifiable or not. If it is, the challenger gets a point, and takes over the subject. Whoever's talking when the minute is up gets a point.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 08, 2013, 07:21:48 PM
Yes simple yet tricky and just an exercise in eloquence. :)
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 08, 2013, 07:25:26 PM
a local radio station does that calls it the uh er game.  I haven't heard anyone win, its a tough game
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 08, 2013, 07:26:30 PM
Is their's a call in show?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 08, 2013, 07:56:52 PM
yep, two callers talk for about a minute about a subject don't recall anyone making it the whole time
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 08, 2013, 10:22:49 PM
#41 (Tie) Scrapheap Challenge, aka Junkyard Wars - 25 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/f_NGRT5CVjQ


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One of my all time favorite shows. This was originally a British show called Scrapheap Challenge that ran from 1998 to 2010. In 2001 the concept was brought to the US under the title Junkyard Wars. But for all intents and purposes they were the same show.

The idea was that two teams of 3 or 4 people had 10 hours to build some contraption from scratch that could perform some specified function. Usually these were vehicles of some sort, but they've also done stuff like rockets, artillery, bridge builders and windmills. The catch was that they had to build it entirely from parts they could scavenge from the show's junkyard. Now it's generally assumed that the show's producers had to have planted some of the stuff available, as there seemed to be no lack of functioning engines. But most of what they had to work with was bona fide scrap.

There were several spin-offs of the shows, most notably the "Mega" versions, but I never thought they were as good. Junkyard Mega Wars in particular suffered from obnoxious "all-American" hosts.

And then there was the epic Wright Brothers 100th anniversary special. This featured hosts from both shows, and three teams: British, American and French. Their task was to build an airplane from scratch, from scrap. But there was an added twist. They were limited to only tools and materials that would have been available 100 years ago. All three were, however, given an FAA approved engine and propeller, and 20 hours instead of the usual 10. This is the video I chose. Sorry about the subtitles. I couldn't find a copy without them.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 09, 2013, 06:52:20 AM
yep, two callers talk for about a minute about a subject don't recall anyone making it the whole time
Ah yes that's probably why, this sort of game doesn't really fit the call-in format well. The contestants on Just A Minute are all professional actors and public speakers and the like and they are there with the purpose of playing the game so a good time is had by all, the version your describing sounds like it's really frustrating to listen to.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 01:58:07 PM
#38 Iron Chef - 27 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/s1uc35tz9R8

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Iron Chef was a Japanese show that ran from 1993 to 1999. The premise for the show was that the "Chairman of the Gourmet Academy" set up a "Kitchen Stadium" where he would invite chefs from around the world to compete against one of his Iron Chefs. They'd be given 1 hour each to prepare four dishes, which would then be scored by a panel of judges (usually a combination of culinary experts and celebrities.) However, there was always a "secret" ingredient that would only be revealed at the start of the battle, and had to be incorporated into each dish. During the course of the show, there were 7 Iron Chefs: Three representing Japanese dishes, two French and one each Chinese and Italian.

The show was a big hit in Japan, but it was also a surprise hit in the US, where it was dubbed in English. So much so that Food Network started their own version of the show: Iron Chef America. In ICA, five dishes were required and the scoring system was slightly different.

In reality, the secret ingredient was only partially secret. The chefs were given some idea what they would be working with so they could do some advance planning. Also, they would be supplied other ingredients appropriate to the theme. Also, the chefs only had to finish one dish of each of the four courses before time ran out. The others could be plated later. And the Chairman's famous line "Allez Cuisine" is a bad French translation of "Go cook!"

A new Iron Chef show just recently started last year in Japan, with three new Iron Chefs. There are also Israeli, UK, Thai, Australian, Vietnamese and Indonesian versions of the show.

I wanted to find a video of one of the Masaharu Morimoto vs Bobby Flay battles, but strangely enough I couldn't find any complete episodes.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 09, 2013, 03:25:46 PM
I love Iron Chef.  It's really about high levels of cooking skill facing off.  It's always interesting to see their process and how they approach it.
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Post by: Zombie Monty on April 09, 2013, 03:38:09 PM
i always hated Mario Batali.

Same here, of all the Celebri-chefs out there, he is the one I avoid.  Plus I generally don't care for Italian food.

It sucks that he is on The Chew, because I like Michael Symon and Carla Hall, but I have to listen to Batali when watching.  Him and the inane Daphne Oz.  Can't stand her either.



Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Kete on April 09, 2013, 03:50:31 PM
I'm mad that I forgot Iron Chef.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Zombie Monty on April 09, 2013, 03:50:49 PM
#45 (Tie) Big Brother - 24 Points
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My guilty pleasure show.  I have to download the episodes though since they don't show it here in the US.  I would love to be on this show (the UK version obviously).  I don't care for the US version, but would probably apply for it and try to BS my way onto the show.  If I could get 3 months off from work.   :D

The UK version doesn't censor the profanity or nudity.  Which in my opinion makes the reality more real.  That clip you picked is the first daily episode from Series 9, which was not a very good year.  Too many people "pretending" to be wacky so they can become famous in the UK off of being on the show.  There are usually a few of those every year, but this series in particular they were totally annoying.  Especially that short dumpy Kathrea.  She had everybody in the house fooled into thinking that she was so popular on the outside (when she was generally hated, but housemates never nominated her because of their misguided perception.)  She made it all the way to the near end and was evicted in a surprise eviction that shocked the housemates, but left me laughing my ass off.

http://www.youtube.com/v/Xk-18a1ko8Q?version=3&hl=en_US
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 09, 2013, 04:05:21 PM
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i always hated Mario Batali.

Remind me.

(http://www.movievillains.com/images/jamegumb.jpg)

Is he a great big fat person?

Yeah, he doesn't do much for me.  Was he even on that show?  I wasn't a regular viewer, but I loved watching it every time I saw it.  It was sort of a once in a year thing.  It's also worth watching the original Japanese series.  There was an episode with turkey that left the contestants completely stymied.

Reminds me of when my family was living in Thailand.  Around New Year's, we were at a hotel that was serving turkey.  Mom was so happy to have that piece of home... until they cut it into really tiny bits and served it.  They don't do big cuts of meat over there (unless it's chicken, but that's a street vendor thing).
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Zombie Monty on April 09, 2013, 04:13:23 PM
Bobby Flay, whilst a total cocksucker, at least made stuff that sounded tasty.

This is true (both parts).  His Mesa Grill restaurant in Las Vegas is my favorite restaurant.  I have never had anything there that was not mind-blowing.  Every time I go to Vegas, first thing I do after booking my trip is reservations at Mesa Grill.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 09, 2013, 04:15:17 PM
I forgot Iron Chef too, and Big Brother dammit.

I've always been a Bobby Flay girl myself.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Zombie Monty on April 09, 2013, 04:24:28 PM
#47 (Tie) Top Chef - 23 Points
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Best cooking show on television, hands down.  Hugh Acheson (one of the judges) is my new culinary hero (well him and Marcus Samuelsson).  I really need to get up to Georgia to eat at one of his restaurants.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 05:00:06 PM
I see a lot of love for cooking shows, but I was the only one who liked Junkyard Wars?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Pak-Man on April 09, 2013, 05:06:20 PM
I have a hard time thinking of reality shows as game shows. Sure there's a competition of sorts going on, but Game Shows should contain a game. That's how I voted.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 05:27:33 PM
#37 Bumper Stumpers - 29 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/d01Bv3Jwluk

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Highest Ranking #14 CJones

Bumper Stumpers was a Canadian game show produced jointly by Global Television Network in Canada, and the USA Network. It ran for 3 seasons, from 1987 to 1990.

The game was played with two teams of two contestants each. The main gimmick of the game was deciphering vanity license plates. Like GR8SC8R would mean "great skater", just as an example. During the main game they'd display two plates and ask the contestants which one belongs to so-and-so. Whoever rang in first would pick one, and if correct, their partner had to decipher what it said. Each time one of these "jump-in"s was done correctly, one character of the Super Stumper would be revealed and that team would have 5 seconds to guess what the plate said.

The remainder of the show was actually altered many times. Especially for a show that had such a short run. This video is from the original format. In any case, there was always some form of bonus round that involved solving multiple plates in under 30 seconds.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 05:41:23 PM
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I have a hard time thinking of reality shows as game shows. Sure there's a competition of sorts going on, but Game Shows should contain a game. That's how I voted.

That was what I was really thinking of too when I first suggested it. But when people started asking if so-and-so show would count that I hadn't really thought of, I figured it would make for a more interesting list to make the definition of "game show" as broad as possible.

Also, I'd love it if someone could tell me why my quote button doesn't work any more.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 09, 2013, 05:56:26 PM
The main gimmick of the game was deciphering vanity license plates. Like GR8SC8R would mean "great skater", just as an example.
Oh Canada.
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Post by: Zombie Monty on April 09, 2013, 06:29:31 PM
Also, I'd love it if someone could tell me why my quote button doesn't work any more.

Weird, cause mine does work.  Just used it to quote the above.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 06:34:03 PM
#36 The Crystal Maze - 30 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/73fS7Ux_9lY

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The Crystal Maze was a very ambitious, very expensive obstacle course/logic puzzle game from the UK. The set reportedly cost a quarter of a million Pounds and was the size of two Soccer (ie Football) fields. It ran for six seasons, from 1990 to 1995.

Six contestants, all working together, played through 4 game zones, each with their own theme. Initially these were Aztec, Futuristic, Medieval and Industrial. The object was to collect Time Crystals. In each zone they played 3 or 4 individual games. The games came in four categories: Physical, Mental, Skill and Mystery. The team captain had to choose which type to play and who would play it, without knowing the specifics of what would be involved. The games were each played by one contestant at a time, who had 2-3 minutes to successfully find the crystal and get out. If they didn't make it out in time, or if they broke the rules of that particular game, they'd be "locked in", and were effectively out of the game, unless the team captain chose to sacrifice a crystal to get them back.  There are supposedly some games in the maze that were never once successfully completed.

At the center of the maze was the Crystal Dome. Each Time Crystal the team had collected gave the remaining contestants 5 seconds in the Dome (the record is ten Crystals). Once in the Dome, huge fans would be turned on, and hundreds of gold and silver "tokens" (actually pieces of foil) would be dropped in and blown around. In order to win, the team had to collect 100 gold tokens MORE than they collected silver tokens. Needless to say this rarely happened. Out of the 83 teams that played during the show's run, only 17 won the final prize.

Here's a winning team:

http://www.youtube.com/v/onJUporjezI

And here's how NOT to play The Crystal Maze:

http://www.youtube.com/v/KAHG2zxX_rE

 
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 09, 2013, 07:29:14 PM
sounds cool.  Like the Hunger Games minus kid murder
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: ColeStratton on April 09, 2013, 08:21:58 PM
#47 (Tie) Top Chef - 23 Points
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Best cooking show on television, hands down.  Hugh Acheson (one of the judges) is my new culinary hero (well him and Marcus Samuelsson).  I really need to get up to Georgia to eat at one of his restaurants.

I spaced on Top Chef, a show I've seen pretty much every episode of. A buddy of mine is a manager at Border Grill here in LA, so we went to a Top Chef Masters screening a year or so ago, and Susan Fenniger and Mary Sue Milliken were there and brought out bites of the food that Mary Sue made on that episode when it was shown onscreen, which was pretty cool. I like that shows like Top Chef and Iron Chef have turned chefs into big time celebs.
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Post by: ColeStratton on April 09, 2013, 08:25:15 PM
#45 (Tie) Estate of Panic - 24 points

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I'm probably the only one who watched this, BUT IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING. Especially the host, Steve Valentine, who totally camped it up playing an eccentric millionaire haunted house owner kind of character (like Vincent Price played in old B-Movies).
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Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 08:45:43 PM
#35 (Classic) Concentration - 31 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/INOHmDZzUz4 http://www.youtube.com/v/ktSzbz7kggY

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First off, let me say, I love the commercials in that first video.

Concentration was a game show version of the children's card matching game of the same name (also known as Memory) that ran on NBC from 1958 to 1973. 30 numbered cards were arranged into a 5x6 rectangle. Players took turns guessing pairs of cards. Those cards were turned over revealing prizes, often joke prizes, or certain special squares, such as "Forfeit one gift" or "Wild". If they matched, what was underneath was revealed. Behind the cards was a rebus puzzle. After each successful match, the contestant was given a chance to try and solve the rebus. If they failed to do so, they got to pick two more numbers. Solving the puzzle won them that match, along with whatever prizes they had accumulated during that match, or $100, whichever was worth more.

Classic Concentration was a remake of the original game that ran from 1987 to 1991, hosted by Alex Trebek, who was also hosting Jeopardy! at the time. There were 25 cards instead of 30, and a bonus round was added. In the bonus round, the board was reduced to 15 cards, 14 of which had pairs of cars on them. The 15th didn't match anything. The contestant had 35 seconds to match all 7 cars, and whichever one they matched last, they won. Every time the bonus round was failed, the time limit would be extended by 5 seconds.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 09:04:35 PM
#45 (Tie) Estate of Panic - 24 points

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I'm probably the only one who watched this, BUT IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING. Especially the host, Steve Valentine, who totally camped it up playing an eccentric millionaire haunted house owner kind of character (like Vincent Price played in old B-Movies).

I remember seeing the ads for Estate of Panic, and it looking really interesting. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to actually watch the show, and I'd never seen or heard of it again until now. So thanks for reminding me of that show. I'll have to check out some whole episodes in the near future.

BTW Imrahil, you were right, turning off Quick Reply made the quote button work again.
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Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 11:07:57 PM
#34 The Amazing Race - 32 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/eUvZk38AC40

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The Amazing Race is a CBS reality show that started in 2001, and is still on the air. In just recently finished airing season 22, back in December.

It involves 10-12 (usually 12) teams of 2 people (except the family edition season which had teams of 4) who have some kind of preexisting relationship. They race around the world, usually quite literally as most of the routes used circumnavigate the globe. The race is split up into legs. The team that finishes a leg last is usually eliminated, or at the very least eliminated. They usually have to find their own means of transportation, and they're given a limited budget for things like air-fare, taxis, buses etc. Each race typically takes about a month to complete.

Beyond just the racing aspect, there are also tasks that must be completed by one or both team members before they can move on. They're often also given clues as to where to go next, but not necessarily how to get there. OTOH, sometimes they are required to use a particular mode of transportation. There were also Detours, where they had to chose between a harder, but potentially fast route, and an easier slower one.

Contestants could also find/earn special obstacle yards that they could use to screw over another team. A Yield could be used to stop another team of the owner's choice to have to wait a predetermined amount of time before proceeding. And a U-Turn, could force a team to go back to a previous Detour and complete the alternate route as well.

The Amazing Race has won every every Primetime Emmy award since 2003, with the exception of 2010 where it lost to Top Chef. Another interesting factoid: Besides the US, the two most frequently visited countries so far are China and India. There are 13 international versions of the show, including the US.

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 09, 2013, 11:11:08 PM
That's going to be it for tonight. It's 2am here. Tomorrow we get to see five more shows, none of which I'd heard of before  :-\
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 02:26:44 PM
#33 8 Out of 10 Cats - 33 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/q0nAanFvZDM

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I have never heard of this, so I'm going by what Wikipedia says. Imrahil, Monty, feel free to add any thoughts you might have.

This is a British panel show about statistics and opinion polls. The title comes from the tagline of a Whiskas cat food commercial. There are two teams of three, consisting of two regular team captains and four celebrities. There would usually be 3 to 4 games per episode, with each game involving the panels trying to guess something concerning the result of the poll. Sounds like Family Feud, but it's really more of an excuse for the panelists to have humorous conversations. It started in 2005 and is still on the air. It's hosted by Jimmy Carr, whom Americans might recognize from the short lived US version of Distraction, another British game show he hosts.

Also, there's this:
http://www.youtube.com/v/VR09Ks1f2gE

That was just plain bizarre.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 05:54:50 PM
# 32 (Tie) Liar's Club -  34 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/RhoYu9A2B_g http://www.youtube.com/v/Y8JYJnEG0fc

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A pun on Friar's Club, Liars Club has seen several iterations. First in 1969 with Rod Serling (of Twilight Zone fame), only two episodes of which are still known to exist. Then again from '76-'79 (first clip). And finally the short lived New Liars Club in 1988 (second clip). A 1996 pilot for a new series was produced, but not picked up.

The premise of the game was that four celebrity panelists would be given an unusual object and be asked to explain what it was. Only one of them would be telling the truth. The other three explanations were complete fabrications. This aspect of the show stayed constant. The contestant portion varied widely, with 2,3 or 4 contestants depending on the era, and either flat out cash prizes, or one of a couple of point based wagering systems. In 77-79 there was also a bonus round where three of the panelists were telling the truth and only one was lying.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 06:43:00 PM
#32 (Tie) Nick Arcade - 34 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/BAJuTf2KnuE

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I totally forgot this show ever existed. I would have voted for it if I'd remembered.

This was a children's show on Nickelodeon that aired in 1991-1993, with reruns being shown as late as 1997. It featured a combination of video games, both "real" commercially available games, and games made for the show (which looked like the 90's equivalent of Flash games), trivia and audio/visual clues. The main gimmick though was the "Video Zone", a game where the contestants went "inside" a video game. Actually this was a blue screen effect, much like that used in the earlier Knightmare. Allegedly, this was the first American TV show to regularly use such an effect.

This show did little to bolster my confidence in American kids intelligence, or skill at video games, as evidenced below.

http://www.youtube.com/v/R3AH9y_wkk0

Though I'm not surprised none of them knew Misery.

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 10, 2013, 06:50:16 PM
oh man I loved that show completely forgot about it
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 10, 2013, 06:54:03 PM
This was on my list more for nostalgia and ambition than the finished product.

Also, I love Space Track!
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Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 07:37:58 PM
#32 (Tie) Never Mind the Buzzcocks - 34 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/x1_LRTEhf1k

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Highest Ranking #5 Monty

Didn't I just do this show?

This time it's about pop music. The title is a combination of the Sex Pistols' song "Never Mind the Bollocks" and the punk band Buzzcocks. Again, there are two teams of three panelists each, one of which is a regular on the show, and the other two of which are celebrity guests. It began airing in 1996, and is still on the air. The show has gone through several hosts, and several 2nd captains, but the 1st team captain for the entire run of the show has been Phill Jupitus. The show is currently without a regular host, so they've been having guest hosts on instead. I chose an episode with one of the few I recognized, David Tennant. The show ostensibly has four rounds. The first varies, the second has them sing the intros to songs, the third has them identifying a musician, and in the fourth they must figure out out the next line of a song after one is presented by the host. But, much like 8 Out of 10 Cats, the show seems to primarily be an excuse for the guests to banter.

And just for the record, I also hate Coldplay.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 07:39:47 PM
This was on my list more for nostalgia and ambition than the finished product.

Yeah, I've got one on mine for that same reason. Only it's quite a bit older  :-[
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 10, 2013, 07:43:23 PM
Didn't I just do this show?
Kind of.

the show seems to primarily be an excuse for the guests to banter.
That's ultimately what all of these panel games are. :)
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Post by: Kete on April 10, 2013, 08:39:51 PM
I think buzzcocks is all about rock music, isn't it? That's why I don't watch it. Don't give a shit about rock music.

Really?  You are an enigma wrapped in a mystery inside a turd :)
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Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 08:42:08 PM
#32 (Tie) Legends of the Hidden Temple - 34 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/QnEyArKyuGY

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This is another Nickelodeon kid's show. This one ran for three years, from 1993 to 1995. the starts with six teams of two and goes through four stages, the first two of which eliminate two teams each. First, The Moat: All six teams try to cross in some specified manner. The first four to get both members across and bit a button go to the next round. The Steps: This is a basic quiz show type round, but with some common theme, which will center around some "artifact" that will be the ultimate goal of the game. The first two teams to get three right go on to round 3. The Temple Games: Here the teams compete in a series of three physical challenges. The first two are worth half a pendant, while third is worth a whole one. In the rather likely event of a tie, a tiebreaker game is played.

The team with the most pendant pieces goes on to The Temple Run: A Funhouse style obstacle course/maze/series of puzzles. Kinda of like rapid fire Crystal Maze. One contestant goes in to try and find the artifact. If they're caught by a Temple Guard, they can trade a pendant to continue. If they get caught without one, the other player takes over. They have 3 minutes combined to find the artifact to win the game.

Got to hand it to them, the girl on the Red Team was really on the ball up until the end, and the boy did great on the temple part.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 08:45:09 PM
That's it for tonight. Tomorrow, the last #32, and several very well known shows for a change.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Kete on April 10, 2013, 08:46:48 PM
I think buzzcocks is all about rock music, isn't it? That's why I don't watch it. Don't give a shit about rock music.

Really?  You are an enigma wrapped in a mystery inside a turd :)

So angry!

No offense?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 10, 2013, 08:49:53 PM
I think buzzcocks is all about rock music, isn't it? That's why I don't watch it. Don't give a shit about rock music.

On a related note, I'd like to personally bitch slap everyone who made that Jedward monstrosity popular.
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Post by: The Lurker on April 10, 2013, 09:11:51 PM
#32 (Tie) Legends of the Hidden Temple - 34 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/QnEyArKyuGY

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This is another Nickelodeon kid's show. This one ran for three years, from 1993 to 1995. the starts with six teams of two and goes through four stages, the first two of which eliminate two teams each. First, The Moat: All six teams try to cross in some specified manner. The first four to get both members across and bit a button go to the next round. The Steps: This is a basic quiz show type round, but with some common theme, which will center around some "artifact" that will be the ultimate goal of the game. The first two teams to get three right go on to round 3. The Temple Games: Here the teams compete in a series of three physical challenges. The first two are worth half a pendant, while third is worth a whole one. In the rather likely event of a tie, a tiebreaker game is played.

The team with the most pendant pieces goes on to The Temple Run: A Funhouse style obstacle course/maze/series of puzzles. Kinda of like rapid fire Crystal Maze. One contestant goes in to try and find the artifact. If they're caught by a Temple Guard, they can trade a pendant to continue. If they get caught without one, the other player takes over. They have 3 minutes combined to find the artifact to win the game.

Got to hand it to them, the girl on the Red Team was really on the ball up until the end, and the boy did great on the temple part.

If you can find it, the episode involving Queen Elizabeth's ships holds the record for quickest Temple loss.
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Post by: CJones on April 11, 2013, 03:18:45 PM
#32 (Tie) Card Sharks, aka Play Your Cards Right - 34 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/j-qGW90iSQs

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Card Sharks was an American game show that had several runs between 1978 and 1987 on NBC, CBS and syndicated, and another short lived syndicated run in 2001. The show was also known as Play Your Cards Right in the UK. The show consisted of two phases, the Questions phase and the Card phase.

In the Question phase the host would ask a question along the lines of "we asked 100 so-and-so sort of people...", much like Family Feud, except the question was a yes or no question. One contestant would guess how many people said yes, then the other would guess whether the actual number was higher or lower than that. This gave the first contestant a very marginal advantage, since they could guess the exact number and win regardless. This determined who got to play the cards first.

In the Card phase, each contestant would be dealt a row of five cards. The first card would be turned over. Whoever was in control had the option to replace their base card with the next card in the deck. Then they had to guess whether the next card in their row was higher or lower. Each time they were correct, they had to chose whether to try the next card, or freeze. If they guessed wrong, they'd lose all the cards they guessed correctly back to the last time they froze, or to the beginning if they'd never frozen. Then the other contestant played their cards, unless the first player froze. Then they'd go back to another question. A contestant had to clear the whole row to win the round. There was a maximum number of questions per round (3 or 4 depending on the season and the round), after which the round went into sudden death.

The first to win two rounds won the match. Sounds more confusing than it is.

The winner of the match went on to play the Money Cards bonus round, where they wagered their money on more card guessing. The most famous playing of the Money Cards is seen below.

http://www.youtube.com/v/vCzvH9nLZYA
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Post by: CJones on April 11, 2013, 05:11:45 PM
#27 Scrabble - 36 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/Fhc0dUAXDZU

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Looking back on my own list, I'm surprised I didn't put this higher. I really liked this show. Largely because Chuck Woolery was such a great host.

Obviously this is based on the board game of the same name. Two contestants, usually the previous day's champion and a challenger would try to be the first to correctly guess 3 out of up to 5 words. The words often had misleading, crossword puzzle-esque clues associated with them. The contestants drew pairs of numbered tiles that represented letters in the word, plus three extra tiles representing letters not in the word, aka stoppers. Trying to place a stopper or guessing incorrectly caused control to shift to the other player. Whoever got to 3 first went on to the Sprint round.

In the Sprint round, the contestant had to solve three (later changed to four) words as fast as possible. Then two new Contestants would come up and do the exact same thing again. The winner of that round had to race against the time of the winner of the first round. Whoever did better went on to the final bonus round, called the Super Sprint. They simply had to solve two words within ten seconds. An incorrect guess was an automatic loss.

In the first 2 (of 6) seasons of the show, things worked a little different. There was no Super Sprint. The show started with two new contestants, who competed to race against the previous game's champion in the Sprint. The winner of that became, or remained, the champion, and the process would just repeat until time ran out. This could cause the show to start and/or end during games. There was also a short lived rule where the contestants had to actually spell the word for it to count as a correct guess. Then the following happened, and they reconsidered this rule (skip ahead to 0:20)"

http://www.youtube.com/v/A-fhczVB5XI
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Post by: CJones on April 11, 2013, 07:37:39 PM
#26 Blockbusters - 37 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/IggsWFY3JMA
http://www.youtube.com/v/wgw_-2OkVCE http://www.youtube.com/v/TL9dNLkLP5w

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Highest Ranking #1 Tripe H Redux

Blockbusters was originally an American show that aired from 1980-1982, and again briefly in 1987. However, the show was vastly more popular and successful in the UK, where in ran from 1983 to 1994. Sadly the host for that show, Bob Holness, passed away last year. The show was also revived last year in the UK as The All New Blockbusters.

The show had a very odd format, in that, with the exception of the '87 season of the US version, it always pitted a team of two players against a single opponent. The game board also had a unique design, consisting of a grid of 20 interlocking hexagrams. The object of the game was to gain control of tiles that bridge two opposing sides of the board. For the single player this meant bridging the top and bottom, while for the duo it meant bridging the sides. Because of the layout of the board, the single player could do this with only four tiles, while the team needed at least 5. In the US version, the team was always a pair of relatives (though never husband and wife). In the UK version, all of the contestants were always sixth form students (what in the US would be considered 11th and 12th graders).

Each round would begin with a toss up question that would determine who chooses the first tile. From then on whoever gave the last correct answer chooses a tile, and anyone can ring in at any time during the reading of the clue to attempt to provide the correct answer. If they fail to do so, the other side gets a chance to answer. If neither side gets it, another clue will be read in it's place. The correct answer for any given tile always starts with the letter on the tile, and the players specify which tile they choose by it's letter. So it's always 20 different letters. Wikipedia claims that X and Z are never used, and yet oddly enough, in the video I posted you can clearly see an X on one of the tiles.

The match is best out of three rounds. Once one side wins twice, that contestant, or one of the pair of contestants gets to play the bonus round, called the Gold Run. In this they have sixty seconds to form a side to side bridge. Instead of single letters, each tile contained two or more letters, which are the abbreviation of the multi-word answer for that tile. And that's pretty much it. After the Gold Run, a new contestant/pair would be brought in and the game would start over. Because of this, episodes could span multiple matches, and could begin and/or end in the middle of a match. Reigning champions could stay on the show for up to 5 consecutive matches (reduced to 3 in some seasons).
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 11, 2013, 07:38:29 PM
I should clarify: it's not like I love either of these shows, but they had to be ranked somewhere.

Hey, I get you.  Nick Arcade made my list after all.  Still, I didn't include a certain overproduced Paul Ruebens hosted game show that was more ambitious and interesting, but not that good.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 11, 2013, 07:41:38 PM
I'm afraid that's going to have to be it for tonight. I got kind of tied up earlier today, and I need to go to bed early. I'll try to make up for it tomorrow, and I hope to have this list wrapped up by the end of Sunday. BTW, it's not too early to start sending me nominations for the next LoC. I've already received two.
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Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 11:31:43 AM
#25 Beat the Geeks - 38 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/MonjLugEiFQ http://www.youtube.com/v/46dRK1r_cD8


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Appropriate that this show would be popular around here. Not that I can talk, I voted for it too. Strangely I couldn't find an episode on Youtube that wasn't split apart.

Beat the Geeks ran on Comedy Central for two seasons, 2001-2002. It featured three regular Geeks: TV, Movie and Music, and one guest Geek. The one in this video is the Michael Jackson geek. The Movie and TV Geeks were played by Marc Edward Heuck and Paul Goebe respectively for the whole run. Andy Zax was the Music Geek for most of the episodes, though there were two others who filled in occasionally.

There were three rounds and one bonus round. Originally three players played against each other in the first round. In the second season the geeks also played and could subtract from players scores. Second round, the two remaining players played against a geek of their choice to try and win their medal. The specifics of how this worked varied. They did this twice for each player, with the second time worth more. Third round was the Geek-qualizer, where the host would rattle off titles and the contestants had to identify them as movies, TV shows or songs.

In the bonus round, both the player and the geek had to choose between 1,2 or 3 point questions, with the geeks nearly always choosing 3 pointers to"show off". First player to 7 wins.

The geeks were effectively panelists, much like in the many British panel shows, though they didn't get as much air time. They would frequently interject random facts or answer questions much more in depth than was actually necessary. Which made it all the more amusing when they were actually wrong, a la:

http://www.youtube.com/v/FbErHAXXVmo

There's also this:

http://www.youtube.com/v/TGuY9cIFXps

The Movie Geek got shit on a lot.   
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 11:49:24 AM
BTW, I was surprised at how few Beat the Geeks clips there are out there. I looked around, and not just on Youtube, and I could only find a couple more in addition to the ones I posted.
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Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 02:40:13 PM
#24 You Bet Your Life - 39 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/8V1jfGG4G9A http://www.youtube.com/v/AhSwyOX6GXQ

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#5, Johnny 5, Johnny Unusual... That's weird (bonus points if you have any idea what I'm talking about).

You Bet Your Life started out as a radio show in 1947, then began airing on NBC-TV in 1950, and continued until 1961. It was ostensibly a quiz show, but it was primarily intended to showcase Groucho Marx and his ad-libbing abilities. At least half of the show was dedicated to him interviewing and conversing with the contestants. In fact, the show was later renamed, The Groucho Show, but only lasted a year longer after that.

Two to three couples, usually selected from the audience and not necessarily related, would appear on stage with Groucho in succession, and after a lengthy interview, would answer questions from one of twenty categories. The couple that scored the most would go on to a Jackpot round with one bonus question.

The actual game part of the show went through many scoring formats. Up through 1953, players started with $20 and had to wager some or all of what they had with each of up to three questions, hence the title of the show. However, this was later done away with because too many people were betting all their money and losing, thus ending their time on the show. In the Jackpot round the bonus question was worth $1000, plus $500 for each episode the bonus question was missed. If you really care out the scoring, check out Wikipedia. There were about five different versions of the game.

There was, of course, also the famous Secret Word, which was always a common word, announced at the start of the show. If a contestant said it, a Groucho-duck would drop down and they'd win $100.

The main draw of the show was naturally Groucho Marx. The show also had many famous or later to become famous people on it, such as Ray Bradbury, Phillis Diller and Harland Sanders (aka The Colonel who founded KFC). Several attempts were made to revive the show after Marx quit, with little or no success. Later hosts included Buddy Hackett, Richard Dawson and Bill Cosby. 
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 12, 2013, 03:27:46 PM
I'm in a bit of a rush to get to Seoul, but I love Beat the Geeks.  I actually corresponded with the TV Geek, Paul Goebel, a few times (I convinced him to give American Dad another try and that after the first couple seasons, it really comes into it's own).  He's a cool guy.  I also want to recommend his podcast, but he's just announced it will end soon (though he and his co-hosts are starting new podcasts soon).  Still, I recommend checking it out while you can.  Also, I never realized until twitter how hilarious Blaine Capatch was.  He was a good host, but his work really undersells his joke writing abilities (apparently he's also on a podcast where he and other comedians play Dungeons and Dragons with Brian Posehn as host.

You Bet Your Life... this is one I feel a Poseur about, but I knew that if it made it low on the list it would be a crime.  I had listened to a really good radio broadcast I picked up from the library on CD and it was great.  I only saw a few episodes recently, but it was really great.  Having the show without a wit like Groucho was a big mistake.  Buddy Hackett?  Fuck no.  Bill Cosby?  Not in the late 80's or early 90's.  Who would make for a great YBYL host in this era?  The only guys I can think of: Stephen Colbert (sans famous persona) or Conan O'Brien.   Ooh, oh, oh, and as a dark horse, Paul F Tompkins (a great improviser).
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 12, 2013, 03:42:36 PM
apparently he's also on a podcast where he and other comedians play Dungeons and Dragons with Brian Posehn as host.
So it's basically a radio panel game then?

What is this thing called?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 12, 2013, 03:48:44 PM
Nerd Poker.  It is the same crew each time though, since that's how D&D campaigns work.  They are up to episode 20.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 12, 2013, 03:53:37 PM
Found and bookmarked, thanks. :)
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 04:45:55 PM
#23 (Tie) Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! - 42 points

http://www.youtube.com/v/uDOOcugOSoc

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Why are more Americans surviving traffic accidents than ever before? Because we're fatter than ever - Something I learned from the most recent episode.

WWDTM is a Chicago Public Radio panel/quiz show about current events and recent news, recorded in front of a live audience, usually at Chase Auditorium in Chicago. It's been on the air since 1998 and is broadcast nationwide through NPR. It features regular host Peter Sagal, judge, scorekeeper and announcer Carl Kasell (former long time newsreader for Morning edition), three guest panelists and call in listeners/contestants.

The call-in contestants play one of a variety of different games, often to which they must answer two out of three questions correctly to win. The prize for winning is usually to have Carl Kasell record the greeting for the contestant's answering machine or voice mail. The game isn't taken too seriously though, and contestants are often given multiple guesses or hints from panelists.

In between the call in games, the panelists will also be quizzed by Sagal. Like most panel games, it's done more for entertainment value than to actually win. Other than on the radio, the episodes can also be listened to or downloaded as podcasts from http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/ (http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/)

Here's a short bit I particularly liked:
http://www.youtube.com/v/-vJNBojUoLs

   
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Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 06:35:55 PM
#23 (Tie) Starcade - 42 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/-tQfDPTFzV4

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Being a big time arcade gamer back in the day, I was a huge fan of this show as a kid. Do watch this whole video, it is hilarious.

Yep, it's another game show about video games. More specifically arcade games. It ran for two seasons in 1982 and 1983 (this gives you some idea how old I am). Each episode showcased 5 arcade games, and the show was used by arcade game manufacturers to promote new games, like Dragon's Lair, and the proundly awful Cliffhanger.

The contestants, either two, or in some cases two teams of two, would be asked a multiple choice question about, what else, video games, whoever got it right got to pick the first game. Both contestants would play it for a set amount of time, or until they got a game over. Then they do the same thing again. Whoever was in the lead played a bonus game where they had to identify four games from their screens. Then they did the question/game thing a third time. Whoever had the highest combined score from all three games played (yes, this was from back when all games actually kept points) went on to the final round.

For the final round, the contestant chose one last game, that they would play for 30 seconds. The producers had previously had 20 people play that same game for 30 seconds and averaged their scores together. If the contestant beat the average they won the grand prize: their very own arcade cabinet!

Now stay tuned for Girls Gone Wild  :o

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 07:47:17 PM
Only 2 of us like Wait Wait?!

Well, us and Darth Geek apparently. Too bad he didn't submit a list.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 08:30:17 PM
#23 (Tie) Let's Make a Deal - 42 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/pvNXm_5kLmo http://www.youtube.com/v/sZCpXz9tk_o

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This year marks the 50th anniversary of Let's Make a Deal. The original run of the show, starring Monty Hall, started in 1963 and ran until 1977. The show has been on and off the air since then with multiple different hosts, including the current host Wayne Brady (of Whose Line is it Anyway? fame). The original premise for the show was that Hall would go up to random people and ask then for various items, or ask then various questions and give them cash or prizes. Then he'd ask people if they want to trade what they have to risk winning something else, which may or may not be worth more than what they already have. And if they make a particularly bad deal, they may win one of the joke prizes, which have come to be referred to as Zonks. the show has become a lot more extravagant since then, but the premise is still the same.

The show usually ended with the Big Deal. Hall would ask the previous winning contestants if they wanted to risk their winnings for one of the famous Doors #1,2 and 3. One of them contained the highest value prize of the show. The other two also contained prizes, but they may be worth less than what the contestant had already won.

One of the most recognizable aspects of the show is how the audience members dress up, hold up signs and otherwise try to get the host's attention. The first video I posted is from the pilot, and you may notice that this isn't the case. The producers never actually asked people to do this. It just so happened that one day, someone did, and it worked. Since then, more and more people started doing it, and eventually it became a show tradition. The show has never provided contestants their costumes.

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 12, 2013, 09:15:42 PM
I've always hated that show.

To be honest, so have I. I don't like games that are nearly pure luck.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Darth Geek on April 13, 2013, 09:27:53 AM
Yeah, I do like 'Wait Wait Don't Tell Me'. I am enjoying the final list write-ups, I just didn't submit a list because it woul have been so short.

I do remember liking Beat The Geeks, but mainly thinking that the name was EXTREMELY poorly chosen.
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Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 12:16:04 PM
# 20 Win Ben Stein's Money - 43 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/8DZHxeGChrE http://www.youtube.com/v/Ujk7Z-6JCqs

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Win Ben Stein's Money aired on Comedy Central from 1997 to 2003 and starred, wait for it... Ben Stein!

Ben would start with $5000 in his bank. The first round of play, three contestants answered questions from categories usually written using particularly bad puns. Any money won by the contestants was subtracted from Ben's bank. In the second round, the lowest scorer was eliminated and Ben got that contestant's money back. Then he would take over the third position himself. Of the remaining two contestants, which ever was in the lead and the end of the second round. went on to the final bonus round:

The Best of Ten Test of Knowledge. The contestant could chose to go first or second. The host would ask each of them the same ten questions, with a time limit of 60 seconds. If the contestant answered less, he only kept his winnings from the first two rounds. If they were equal, he won and additional $1000. But if he beat Ben Stein, he would win the entire $5000 bank.

Now, contrary to the show's marketing claims, Stein wasn't really risking any of his own money. How it actually worked was that the producers set aside a certain, undisclosed, amount of prize money for each season, from which all the contestants winnings were taken. Any money that was left at the end of the season went to Stein, in addition to his regular salary. If the winnings went over what was budgeted, the producers paid the extra, and Stein won nothing. He still got paid either way, but he did have an incentive to play well.

The show was also know for co-starring Jimmy Kimmel for it's first three seasons. Kimmel went on to create and co-host The Man Show, and currently, Jimmy Kimmel Live. 

Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 13, 2013, 12:22:05 PM
The ones with Kimmel were great, can't remember who replaced him, but he wasn't as good.

Or am I thinking of The Man Show?
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: goflyblind on April 13, 2013, 12:30:40 PM
it was a she, and she was really meh. tried to continue kimmel's sarcastic snark, and didn't pull it off quite so well.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 12:49:58 PM
You could be thinking of the Man Show. It sucked after Jimmy and Adam left.

And there were two more hosts to Win Ben Stein's Money, a woman who was pretty forgettable, and Jimmy's cousin Sal, who was better, but not as good as Jimmy.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 01:41:35 PM
#19 (Tie) Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? - 44 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/_w22aasWIPU

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WitWiCS ran on PBS from 1991 to 1995. It was based on the series of computer games of the same name, and like those games, was intended to teach kids about Geography.

Three children played the game as "gumshoes", who were supposed to be helping to track down the location of one of Carmen's lackeys. The host of the show, ACME Special agent Greg Lee (his real name) would present a series of sketches describing a geographic location. The kids would be given three choices, and had to pick the one that fit. At some point during this rounds, the "Lightning" round would spontaneously begin, and a series of questions would be asked related to the most recently mentioned location. After which would be some skit involving the Chief (broadway actress Lynne Thigpen). For the final season, there was also a Training Exercise, where they'd go through trash cans looking for clues. Then would come the Phone Tap, where the contestants would hear a conversation between the episode's crook and Sandiego. Sandiego would describe some location, and again, the kids would be given three choices to pick from. Then the Chase, effectively another lightning round. And finally, the Final Clue, which was like Final Jeopardy. The lowest scorer at this point would be eliminated. We'd now know the location of the episode's crook.

The two remaining contestants would be shown a slide show of locations in the general vicinity of the crook. They then be shown a board with the names of fifteen locations. Behind three of them were the Loot, the Warrent and the Crook. The players took turns guessing them. Whoever found all three, in that order, went on the last game: The Map. The crook would give up Carmen's location, narrowed down to a continent. The Map was a large map of that continent on the floor. The host would name a series of locations on the continent, and the contestant had to place markers on the map that indicated the location named. They got up to two guess per location. They had to get eight in 45 seconds to win.

The show was very entertaining and creative, loaded will interesting characters and well put together skits. And it was also informative, which was the whole point. And I would be remiss not to mention Rockapella, the excellent barbershop quartet that did much of the music and songs for the show. There was also a game show version of Where in Time is Carmen Sandiego that lasted two seasons. 

 
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Pak-Man on April 13, 2013, 01:50:40 PM
Oooh. I forgot Carmen Sandiego.

DO IT ROCKAPELLA!
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Rattrap007 on April 13, 2013, 03:06:42 PM
I love Wait Wait. Fav panel member has to be Mo Rocca. But all the panelists are great.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 04:27:20 PM
#18 Password - 44 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/C_n5kzOTCd8

http://www.youtube.com/v/08M2yorJ028 http://www.youtube.com/v/3M2BbzCCR8c

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the password is... password

The original Password ran from 1962 to 1967 and starred Allen Ludden. The premise for the show was pretty simple. Two contestants would be paired up with two celebrities. One member of each side would be given the "password" and they had to try and make their teammate say it. However, they could only give them one word clues. A correct answer would start out being worth 10 points, with the value decreasing by one for each incorrect guess or illegal clue. The two sides would alternate until someone got it, or ten clues had been given with no successful answer (this was later reduced to six). First team to 25 wins $100/$250 depending on daytime or evening. The winning team goes to a lightning round, where they have 60 seconds to go through five more passwords, with the celebrity always giving the clues. Each correct answer was worth extra money ($50 originally). An extra "betting" round was later added where they could wager up to all their winning on getting one more within 15 seconds. Then they'd do it again, with the players swapping celebrities.

However, I expect most people are more familiar with the two follow-up shows, Password Plus and Super Password, which were effectively the same show. In these versions, the individual passwords weren't worth anything, points or money. However, all the passwords were themselves clues for one big Password Puzzle.  Each time a side successfully guessed one of the words, the contestant on that side got to guess the puzzle word. It was this final word that was worth money. Whoever reached a certain total first would go on to the bonus round. The bonus round was also altered. There were now 10 words they had to get through, but the first letters of each word were in alphabetical order. So if one started with A, the next would start with B, and so on.

Betty White was on all three shows, but I can't think of anyone else who was. Also, these shows became somewhat notorious for their screw ups.

http://www.youtube.com/v/NEfa99LbSYo http://www.youtube.com/v/3MlOkZCms-w http://www.youtube.com/v/LjOx8AqbcAU

And the the very last episode:

http://www.youtube.com/v/28eeruMnRUY
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 13, 2013, 05:07:33 PM
Despite it being a kids show, I was expecting Carmen Sandiego to make into the top 10.  Best kids game show of all time.
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Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 13, 2013, 06:48:55 PM
I love it when Jimmy Fallon plays Password withe Betty White.  He gets very competitive.

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Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 06:53:05 PM
God damnit, I just lost the entire next entry. Now I'll have to retype it all from scratch  >:(
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Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 07:25:10 PM
#17 Who Wants to be a Millionairre - 46 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/OhmsXtqJQBU http://www.youtube.com/v/9qO1wUalsMw

http://www.youtube.com/v/BZGxiApPiWE

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There, done.

The above is the complete game of John Carpenter, the first person to win the Million in the US version of the game, beating the first UK winner Judith Keppel by a year and a day (Nov 19, 1999 vs Nov 20, 2000. That's weird). I'm amazed at how easy those questions were.

Anyway, WWtbaM was originally a UK show that started in 1999 and is still on the air. It's had the same host for it's entire run, Chris Tarrant. 12 contestants would play a "fastest finger" question where whoever answered it correctly the fastest got to play the main game. In the main game they had to answer a series of 15 questions (later reduced to 12) of increasing difficulty. With each one answered correctly, their prize amount aproximately doubled. They could quit at any time before giving an answer and take their prize. If they got one wrong, they dropped to 0, 1000, or 32000 pounds, whichever was the highest they had reached.

And of course, the show has the famous "life-lines": Poll the Audience, 50-50 and Phone a Friend, that they can use one each. Later on another lifeline was added, which would replace the question with another one. Initially contestants were given unlimited time on every question. This proved extremely boring, so they changed it in 2010 so there was a time limit for the first 7 questions.

Nobody won the top prize until the sixth series, when Judith Keppel won a million pounds. And there's some speculation that that game was rigged. Apparently BBC One was showing the finale of One Foot in the Grave at the same time, and they hoped to draw ratings away from that. Or so some people believe.

The US version came about when producer Michael Davies heard about this British show, and thought it might be what ABC needed to pull it's ratings out of last place. The show was such a success that they began showing it multiple evenings per week, until people got sick of it. It ran from 1999 to 2002, hosted by Regis Philbin, and followed the original format of the UK version almost exactly. After ABC dropped it, it went into syndication, with Meredith Viera as host. During that time, the show adopted many changes, first of which was getting rid of the fastest finger game. It adopted most of the same changes as the UK version did, but made up some of it's own, such as randomizing the order of the questions. Meredith Viera left the show last year, and Cedric the Entertainer is set to replace her in September.
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Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 08:05:08 PM
#16 (Tie) Supermarket Sweep - 47 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/CcXWOPam704 http://www.youtube.com/v/djBLnIYkvNg

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I had no idea this show was originally from the 60's. Supposedly this is all that remains from those tapings. At least that's available to the public. I heard that ABC deleted all the episodes they had.

Anyway, the show was originally on ABC from 1965 to 1967. Other than that, I couldn't find out much. The show was held at an actual supermarket chain, namely Food Fair, which has since gone out of business. The three couples start with 1:30, and the women have to guess the prices of various grocery items. For each item, whoever guesses closest gets 15 seconds added to their time. Then they'd run the Big Sweep. There are bonus items worth $10-100 extra. And they get to keep everything they collect during the sweep, even if they lose.

The version that most of us know was the remake that first aired on Lifetime from 1990 to 1995, and later on PAX from 2000 to 2003. It had the same basic idea as the original show, but there was a lot more variety in the types of games played to earn extra time. There was also a second round added where the contestants had to alternate answering. And finally, there was a bonus game, aptly named the Bonus Sweep. The team started with one minute and one clue. This clue was meant to lead then to the first product, which had the second clue attached to it. That led to a third clue, which led to one final product. Behind this was $5000. If they found it, they won it, but they had to find all three products in the right order for it to count.
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Post by: CJones on April 13, 2013, 08:06:19 PM
That's it for tonight. I have to sing in church tomorrow, so I can't stay up till 2am like I usually do.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 14, 2013, 05:38:02 AM
I remember when the pauses on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire carried weight... but then when we got used to it, it just ate time.  Still, despite it's over-airings, it was a solid quiz show.
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Post by: CJones on April 14, 2013, 04:19:20 PM
#16 (Tie) Hollywood Squares - 47 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/vNPmNWV0rqM

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Hollywood Squares started with a pilot in 1965, which was pickup the next year. The show's initial run lasted from 1966 to 1981, and was hosted by "Master of the Squares" Peter Marshall, and featuring in the center square Paul Lynde. In 1983 the show was brought back briefly as part of The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour, where the winner of the Match Game would go on to face the previous day's winner in Hollywood Squares. It was a disaster and was canceled after one season. Since then there have been a couple more revivals: The 1986-1989 run featuring Joan Rivers in the center square, and 1998-2004 featuring Whoopi Goldberg.

The format of the show has largely stayed the same. Two contestants, usually a woman playing the O's and a man playing the X's, pick squares trying win a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. The host asks the celebrity a question, to which they usually gave a joke answer, and then a "real" answer. The contestant had to agree or disagree, and if they chose right, they won that square. If they chose wrong, the opponent won it. However, a contestant would not lose the game this way. If a wrong answer would have resulted in the opponent winning, the square is left empty. There's also usually a Secret Square, selected at random, which if a player wins, they win some sort of prize.

Now a question many people wonder is, do the celebrities know the answers before hand. The answer is, not really. They were given "bluff" answers, meaning they were told incorrect but plausible sounding answers for when they intentionally gave the wrong answer, and they were given joke answers ahead of time. But the weren't given the correct answers ahead of time. So when they're right, it's because they actually knew it. But they also knew when they were wrong for sure, as evidenced in the following popular clip,

http://www.youtube.com/v/T3djXcx2ewQ

That isn't even the whole thing.

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Post by: CJones on April 14, 2013, 05:41:58 PM
#14 ($100,000) Pyramid - 52 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/h7Lnsn62Crk

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This show started in 1973 as The $10,000 Pyramid, starring Dick Clark, and has gone through many iterations since then, ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 and later, simply Pyramid. The $10K-$100K versions of the show ran until 1988, then came back for one more year in 1991 with John Davidson.

The format of the show is very similar to Password, but more fast paced. Two teams, of which one each was a celebrity, took turns picking one of six categories arranged like a pyramid. Then the clue giver would be shown a series of up to seven (originally eight, but soon reduced) words associated with that category. The had to describe those words to their teammate without using the word or any derivation thereof, within 30 seconds. There was almost always some manner of bonus prize associated with one of the categories, which the contestant could win by getting all seven. After all six rounds, whoever was in the lead went to the Winner's Circle.

In the Winner's Circle, the clues and categories were effectively reversed. The contestant sat with their back to the pyramid, which showed a succession of six categories. The celebrity would gives examples of things that fit that category, and the contestant had to figure out what the category was. If they got all six, they won. In most versions of the game, the contestant had to make it to the winner's circle twice and win both, or at least the second time to win the top prize. Strictly speaking, the contestant had the choice whether to give to recive the clues, but they nearly always opted to receive.

In the last few years there have been several attempts to revive Pyramid. When The Guiding Light ended, CBS was looking to bring back one of their previous successful game shows. Pyramid was in the running, but ultimately they went with Let's Make a Deal instead. When As the World Turns ended, they tried again, and shot a pilot with Andy Richter, but it wasn't picked up. TBS, later shot another pilot, again with Andy Richter, and again it wasn't picked up. Last year GSN announced it was reviving the show, this time with Mike Richards. 40 episodes were shot and aired. Since then, it's time slot has been given to Drew Carey Improv-a-ganza, and every indication is that they don't plan to bring it back.

The original show has won the second most Daytime Emmys of any game show. I'll tell you what's #1 when we get to it.

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Post by: CJones on April 14, 2013, 06:32:18 PM
#13 Tic-Tac-Dough - 57 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/nOti7xx9z-4 http://www.youtube.com/v/sY5rS7y7Evk

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Tic-Tac-Dough originally ran from 1956-1959. Unfortunately I couldn't find any episodes with the original host Jack Barry, but check out what I did find. Yes, that is Dick Clark, as a contestant on a game show. Barry went on to revive the show as producer of the show most of us are familiar with, the 1978-1986 version starring Wink Martindale. The show did make one more run for one season in 1990.

Odd we're getting another Tic-Tac-Toe game so soon after Hollywood Squares. In this version, contestants have to answer the questions themselves. An incorrect answer just leaves the square empty. The categories are shown on the squares but shuffle around after each question. In later seasons, there would also be one category in red, which would involve some special rules. There was a common Jackpot shared by both players. Every time anyone answered a question correctly, money would be added to the pot. Any time a round ended in a tie, they'd immediately start a new round and the pot would carry over until someone won.

The winner would then play a bonus round, Beat the Dragon, where the contestant simply had to guess what was in each square. There were a couple different variations of this, but the common theme was that picking the square with the dragon ended the game. Initially the idea was to uncover the line of X's or O's. Later this was replaced with $ values, a TIC and a TAC. In both versions, the player could opt to quit at any time, rather than risk picking the dragon. Very late in the series a Dragon Slayer was added, which was an automatic win.

The show was made famous for the fact that a player stayed on for as long as they kept winning. In the '78 and '79 seasons, contestants were limited to winning no more than $25K total, before being forced to leave. From '80 on, this was removed. This led to the historic 89 game streak of Thom McKee, which lasted 46 days and over which he won $312,700, including eight cars and about $200K in cash. This translates to about $800K worth of winnings today. At the time, this was the most anyone had ever won on a game show.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 14, 2013, 06:35:21 PM
I've never even heard of that one.  Also, beat the dragon sounds like street slang for overcoming the desire for drugs.  You know, like being on top of the monkey's back?
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 14, 2013, 07:41:03 PM
That's my anti-drug.
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Post by: CJones on April 14, 2013, 07:49:25 PM
#12 Match Game - 59 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/iy2a6-g9sZo http://www.youtube.com/v/SOmL3JGWSVI

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For all intents and purposes, this is really two different games with the same name and the same host, Gene Rayburn. Check out the first video and you'll see what I mean. The video was split into three parts so if you want to see the rest, you'll have to find it yourself.

The original version ran from 1962-1969 on NBC. Two teams, each consisting of one celebrity and two contestants (you read right, I don't have that backwards) compete against each other. Bradburn would ask a simple question along the lines of "name something that" so-and-so. All six players would write down something. If any two team members matched, that team got 25 points. If all threee matched, they got 50 points. It made no difference if anyone on one team matched anyone on the other. First to 100 wins $100 and plays a bonus "poll the audience" game, where they be asked three more questions previously surveyed among the audience. For each person who matched the most popular answer, the team won another $50.

NBC wanted to cancel the show, until one of the writers suggested to Mark Goodson that they begin using funnier, more risque questions. He gave the go ahead, and the show became a hit.

Skip ahead four years and we get the game that people recognize today: What started as Match Game '73, continued up to Match Game '78, then continued on simply as Match Game up until 1984. This time there were only two contestants, but six celebrity panelists. Dick DeBartolo, the same writer who had suggested the saucier questions in the original series, was asked to come back and write for the show again. This time, the questions alternated players, and for each question, all six panelists gave an answer. For each one that matched the contestant's answer, that contestant won one point. This was done twice for each contestant. Whoever was in the lead at that point went on to the Super Match.

The Super Match started with an Audience Survey, much like the original show. The contestant won $500, $250 or $100 depending on if they got the 1st, 2nd or 3rd most popular answer. Then it went on to the Head-to-Head Match, where the contestant picked one panelist, and both were asked one final question. If they gave the same answer, the winnings were multiplied by 10.

Now, you may have noticed that this Audience Survey bit sounds an awful lot like Family Feud. This is no coincidence. It was from this that the producers got the idea for Family Feud. Richard Dawson was a regular panel member on Match Game '7X, and he was so popular that when it came time to start Family Feud, they asked him to host it.

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Post by: CJones on April 14, 2013, 08:31:34 PM
#11 Wheel of Fortune - 63 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/y_Qndkk0AKE http://www.youtube.com/v/R8IFVUemrAI

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Okay, who else here remembers the days when the contestants had to spend their winnings on prizes, rather then getting it in cash? The changeover took place in 1987 for the evening show, 1989 for the daytime show, which was cancelled in 1991. People seem to have forgotten that was ever the case.

Wheel of Fortune started in 1975, and was created by Merv Griffin to replace Jeopardy! (which he also created) on NBC, which after 11 years, was scheduled to end. In fact Wheel of Fortune started the very next week after the last episode of Jeopardy! Of course, both shows still exist, but only in syndicated form now. The show was originally hosted by Chuck Woolery (of Love Connection and Scrabble fame), but after a salary dispute with Griffin he quit Pat Sajak was brought in to replace him in 1981. Sajak stayed with the syndicated version of the show, which aired in the evening, but another two hosts came after him on the network (daytime) version: Rolf Benirschke & Bob Goen. No, I've never heard of them either.

The game is essentially Hangman. People spin a big wheel, guess a letter and score the value on the wheel for each of that letter that's in the puzzle. If there are none of that letter, or if the wheel lands on a Bankrupt or Lose a Turn, play goes to the next of the three contestants. Whoever guesses it correctly wins the amount they had banked during that round. Whoever's in the lead at the end of the game goes to a final bonus round, where they provide 5 consonants and a vowel, those letters, if any, are revealed, and the contestant has to solve that last puzzle.

The show has made lots of minor changes and additions over the years, such as the additions of toss ups, prize puzzles and a jackpot round. But I'd say there have been three really significant changes. One I've already mentioned, the changeover from prizes to cash. In the prize version, they could buy prizes in the "showroom", put it on a gift certificate for the now defunct Service Merchandise, or put it on account in the hopes that they'll win another round and be able to buy something big. The second is the fact that it became such common knowledge that RSTLNE were the most common letters that absolutely everyone always chose them. To get people to start picking different letters again, they just started giving them those letters for free and then asking for three more consonants and one more vowel.

And last, the role of the hostess has become completely superfluous. In the past, she actually had a job. She had to know what each letter was so it the wrong one lit up, or there was some technical failure, she could still turn the right one. Now she does effectively nothing but look pretty. Also, Vanna White wasn't the original hostess either. It was originally Susan Stafford. She left soon after Woolery.

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Post by: CJones on April 14, 2013, 08:32:43 PM
That's it for today. Tomorrow we'll finally be getting into the Top 10.
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Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 14, 2013, 09:09:46 PM
I remember the spending cash they always had a statue of a dog that no one wanted.
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 14, 2013, 09:18:09 PM
Which caused the dog to weep porcelain tears
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Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 04:12:03 PM
#10 Remote Control - 67 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/oqp2-NUvN5w

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Apparently I'm the only person who's never watched this show.

Remote Control aired on MTV from 1987 to 1990. This was back when MTZ still had anything to do with music, and supposedly this was MTV's first non-music related show.

Three contestants seat belted into BarcaLoungers  played a Jeopardy! style quiz game about pop culture, choosing one of nine categories, with the questions worth 5, 10 and 15 points in each category, in that order. However, the contestants couldn't see what the categories were. They could only see the channel numbers. After a correct answer, the contestant in control got to choose what channel to watch. At the end of round one there would be a "snack break" which usually involved snacks being dropped on the contestants. Round two worked the same as the first, but the points were doubled. After two rounds, the person in last place was bodily ejected from the game, chair and all, hence the seat belts.

There were also negative channels, which could deduct points, or be otherwise painful.

Once there were only two left, they'd go to the lightning round. The winner after this went on to the final round. Here they'd be strapped to an adjustable bed and shown a series of 9 music videos, which they had to identify in 30 seconds. If they did, they'd win the grand prize. I've been told this almost never happened. In the final season there was also a Final Jeopardy style wagering round before the bonus round.

Anyone who actually watched this show, as I know several of you have, feel free to correct me or fill in anything I didn't mention, but should have.

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Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 15, 2013, 04:43:48 PM
Only three years? Wow.

You can also thank this show for introducing Adam Sandler to the world.  But I enjoyed Colin Quinn.

I also had the Nintendo version of the game
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 15, 2013, 04:56:41 PM
I've never seen this one.  I've heard of it, but know very little about it.
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Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 05:05:58 PM
#9 American Gladiators - 70 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/5mkEpgGjo0I

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Now here is a show I did watch. American Gladiators ran in syndication from 1989 to 1996. The idea for the show actually came from a couple of teachers at Erie Tech High School in Erie, PA, where they held their own tournament. They later sold the concept to Samuel Goldwyn, of MGM, and it became American Gladiators.

Four contestants, two men competing against each other, and two women doing the same, had to play through a series of six to eight events, plus the Eliminator. However, they usually didn't compete directly against one another, but against the shows regulars, The Gladiators. These were mostly people with ties to body building, pro-wrestling or football. It was their job to try and keep the contestants from scoring points. They typically had obviously made up names like Turbo, Lace, Nitro and Ice.

There were a number of games that could be played, and they varied from episode to episode. My personal favorites were Powerball and Atlasphere. Others included Joust, Assault, Hang Tough, Swingshot and The Wall. The final game of every episode was always the Eliminator, a large obstacle course. In this, the pair of contestants did complete directly against one another. Originally they were racing against the clock, winning bonus points for each second left. Later this was changed so that the points scored so far translated into a head start for the person in the lead. This meant whoever finished first won the game.

The show was run using a tournament format. The specifics changed multiple times during the show's run. However, seasons 1-5 always had two tournaments per season, while seasons 6 & 7 had only one.

There was also a remake of the show launched in 2008. It only lasted two seasons, for a total of 21 episodes. I've never seen it, but I've been told it sucked. I know it was hosted by Hulk Hogan.







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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 15, 2013, 05:09:29 PM
What would your American Gladiator name be.

Please try to keep it under 2 syllables.

I would be Magma!  Or Smash!
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Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 05:20:10 PM
If I were cool, Raiden. That was the handle I used to go by, a long time ago.

Realistically, probably Heart Attack. In that I would have one. I'm not even overweight, I've just never had any physical stamina.
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Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 15, 2013, 05:25:11 PM
mine would be Steve Reeves

Awesome show
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Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 06:14:53 PM
#8 QI - 75 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/MqU5BsQS-0Y

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Here it, the king of the British panel shows. At least as far as the nine people who submitted lists are concerned.

QI (short for Quite Interesting, as well as being IQ backwards) started in 2003 and is still on the air. It stars Stephen Fry as it's host, and features four panelists, one of which is always Alan Davies. During it's time on BBC Four it was the highest rated show on that network. It's currently on BBC Two and HD, where presumably it still gets high ratings (correct me if I'm wrong).

The show involves Stephen Fry asking particularly obscure, bizarre or vague questions, to which he is looking for a particular answer. Usually it's next to impossible to get the answer straight away, which leads to Davies and the other three panelists to discuss the subject, offer up potential guesses, ask Fry questions to try and narrow it down, all the while trying to entertain the audience. The whole point of the game isn't so much to get the right answer, but to come up with interesting answers, hence the title. However, there are also, very often, certain very obvious answers that were not only wrong, but unimaginatively so. A panelist attempting to give such an answer would cause klaxons to go off, and they would be penalized 10 points. Speaking of which, the scoring scheme for this show is not entirely apparent. Which is why I chose the clip above, mainly for the opening bit.

There would almost always be a running theme to each episode. And the panelists would be given personalized sounding buzzers, which are usually related to this theme. The series are lettered, rather than numbered, starting with A, and currently on G. The topic for each episode in a series starts with that letter.

Stephen Fry wears an earpiece during the show, through which the seven "QI Elves", the people who do the research and write the questions, can contact him and keep him informed of anything relating to the topic that he would need to know to keep the show moving. 

I have to thank Imrahil for getting me to check this show out. It is, as the title suggests, quite interesting.
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Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 07:11:08 PM
#7 (Tie) Press Your Luck - 79 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/jnryD1tBazM http://www.youtube.com/v/eQLPIz6CYLE

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Above is the most famous episode in the show's history, but I'll get back to that later.

Press Your Luck ran from 1983 to 1986 and featured host Peter Tomarken, who was killed in 2003 when his private plane crashed with him piloting. Which is why he wasn't the host of the remake, simply called Whammy, which aired in 2002 and 2003 on GSN.

The show had two rounds, each of which had two phases. First the question phase. Tomarkin would ask a trivia question, to which contestants could ring in. Once someone had, Tomarkin would read off three choices, which always included the answer that had always been given, and the remaining contestant would choose from them. A correct answer from the multiple choice question was worth 1 spin; a correct ring in was worth three. The second phase was playing the game board. After this was done, they'd go back and do it all again.

The game board consisted of 18 squares, which cycled through 3 possible items. While doing so, a ring of lights would light up around one of them at a time, jumping from one to another seemingly at random. At any time, the player who's turn it was could hit their buzzer, stopping the board. Which ever square was lit, they won, or suffered, whatever was in that square. Scattered around the board was a red devil/thief like character called the Whammy. Hitting this caused the contestant to lose everything they had accumulated during the show. The Whammys were computer animated characters, and every time someone hit one, one of about 50 animations would play. If a played racked up four whammys, they were out of the game. At any time, they could pass their remaining spins too the next player, who had to to them. Whoever was in the lead after the second board round kept everything they had won.

It was generally assumed that the game board was random. Which is where the most famous episode comes in. There are actually only four sequences that the lit square can follow. A person who has all four memorized can recognize which one is playing, and know which square will be lit when. And this is exactly what Michael Larson did. He had hours upon hours of the show taped off of TV, and he used this to figure out how the game board worked. He even built himself a miniature version of the board, programmed with the lighting sequences, to help him learn them. He than managed to get on the show. On his very first spin he hit a whammy. There's some suspicion that he did this on purpose to throw the producers off. He went on to spin 45 consecutive times, winning a record total of $147,517. There were two spots on the board that always gave an extra spin. As long as he could hit one of them consistently, he could keep the game going. The show ran so long they had to break it into two episodes. The producers figured out what he was doing, but not before it was too late to reshoot the show. The two losing contestants where later invited back on Whammy!

Michael Larson died of throat cancer in 1999.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: gojikranz on April 15, 2013, 07:38:09 PM
well i have completely failed and didnt get my list in or even see the countdown until now.  sorry i missed out but enjoying the list.  i woulda given some of those kid game shows some more love andi hope double dare is yet to show up...
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Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 08:06:12 PM
#7 (Tie) Cash Cab - 79 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/8mX3RlflBfs

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Cash Cab was originally a UK show that aired in 2005 and 2006. Unfortunately I could only find one video from it, and it's crap quality, so I'll think we'll look at the US version instead.

The US version of Cash Cab also started in 2005, on The Discovery Channel, and starred stand up comedian Ben Bailey. Discovery announced April 19 of last year that the show would be ending.

The show took place in New York City. Baily would pick up passengers, then inform them that they were on the Cash Cab, explain the show, and ask them if they wanted to play. If they said yes, there were about 15 minutes of legal issues done off camera, then he'd begin driving to their destination. Bailey would ask them general knowledge questions, getting harder at questions 5 and 9. They were worth $25,50 and $100 (later doubled to 50, 100 & 200). But if they got three wrong before they made it to their destination, they'd get kicked out. At the end of the trip, they had the option to go for a "video bonus", where he'd ask one last question for double or nothing.

There was also the "Red Light Challenge" which occurred any time the cab stopped at a red light after the contestant(s) had won at least a certain amount of money (initially $200). Here, the contestants were asked to list at least a certain number of somethings that fit a particular category. Missing it does not incur a strike. And there were random Double Rides, where all dollar values were doubled. And of course, there were the shout outs, a la Who Wants to be a Millionaire's Life Lines. They could call a friend, or ask a passing pedestrian. On, at least one episode, the person they called did not answer, and they didn't get to call someone else.

Contrary to the impression the show gives, the contestants do not actually receive any cash. The cash they're shown being given is a prop. Instead they're mailed their winnings later. Some contestants know that they're going to be on a game show in advance. They just don't know that the cab is the game show. The cab is trailed by a van, and in one incident, a passer by came up to Ben Baily and asked him, "did you know there's a van following you with a video camera?" Baily is told all the questions and answers, as well as anything else he needs to know, via an earpiece. Cash Cab became so popular, and Ben Bailey so well recognized, that he started trying to disguise his voice. But even still, many would be contestants clearly recognized The Cash Cab when they were getting in.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 15, 2013, 08:11:12 PM
andi hope double dare is yet to show up...

We'll see...   8)

Anyway, that's it for tonight. I have minor surgery tomorrow morning, but barring a major disaster, we'll be counting down the final 5 tomorrow evening. See you then.
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Post by: Tripe on April 15, 2013, 08:14:26 PM
Goodnight and good luck tomorrow.
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Post by: Kete on April 15, 2013, 09:04:07 PM
My wife had never heard of Remote Control, so I showed her a clip.  It did not hold up well.

What would your American Gladiator name be.

Fizzle
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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 15, 2013, 09:17:22 PM
Oh, we should get a third and be Sizzle, Fizzle and Drizzle.  Now we need to find Sizzle.
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Post by: CJones on April 16, 2013, 03:00:32 PM
#5 Double Dare - 83 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/GTou7rZjiOc

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You called it gojikranz  ;)

Double Dare ran from 1986 to 1993, and briefly again in 2000, on Nickelodeon, and was hugely successful. Nickelodeon's ratings nearly tripled thanks to this show. During this time we also saw Super Sloppy Double Dare and Family Double Dare. Marc Summers was host during the entire original run. Marc Summers admitted to having OCD, and even wrote a book on the subject. Last year, he was in a terrible automobile accident while riding in a cab in Philadelphia, which resulted in major head injuries, and left him temporarily paralyzed on the left side of his face, and partially blind in his left eye. This isn't the last game show host in the top ten who suffered some horrible fate, I'm sorry to say.

Double Dare was primarily a children's show, and involved two teams of two contestants each. The show would start with Summers saying "On your mark, get set, GO!", leading into a head to head physical challenge to determine who had control first. From there, the host would ask a series of questions. Answering correctly earned the team in control dollar amounts ranging from $20 to $50. Answering incorrectly gave the opposing team the dollars, and gave them control. If the team in control didn't know the answer, or they suspected the opposing team didn't, they could Dare the other team to answer, which would be worth double the dollars. The other team, if they couldn't answer, could Double Dare them back. Now a correct answer would be worth quadruple. If they couldn't answer, their only other option was to take a Physical Challenge.

The Physical Challenges were really the highlight of the show. These usually involved filling a container to a certain point, or collecting a certain number of something, within a time limit, usually within 30 seconds. They seemed to be a bit predisposed towards food items, or anything else they could think of that was messy. In the short lived 2000 version of the show, the team could opt for a "Triple Dare" where the difficuly of the task was increased (either by decreasing the time, or increasing the amount of stuff needed to be collected.), which would increase the dollar amount. In any case, winning the physical challenge earned the team the dollars, while failing it earned the other team the dollars, and gave them control. There were usually two or three questions per episode that were next to impossible to answer, thus guaranteeing a Physical Challenge.

Finally, the winning team went on to the obstacle course. Here they had to make their way through eight obstacles, alternating team members, all within "the messiest minute on television". At the end of each obstacle was a flag, which the current player had to hand over to the other team member, much like a relay race. They won a prize for each leg they made it through, but they had to make it through all eight to win the grand prize.

The grand prize was often a scholarship to attend Space Camp. I mention this mainly because I used to live in Huntsville AL, which is where the Space Camp is located.   
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Post by: Kete on April 16, 2013, 04:07:29 PM
Last week's Bob's Burgers had a Double Dare spoof called Family Frakas.  It was pretty funny.
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Post by: CJones on April 16, 2013, 05:22:20 PM
#4 Whose Line is it Anyway? - 93 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/pJ3lgeABwXg http://www.youtube.com/v/wGyKej_9c0g

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Okay, I know what some of you are thinking. This isn't really a game show. Well, so many people wanted to vote for it, and I have to admit it's one of my all time favorite TV shows, that I had to allow it.

Whose Line was originally a short lived British radio show created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, then moved to TV in 1988 with host Clive Anderson. The TV show ran for for ten years, and spawned off an American version, which ran it for an additional 8 years. It was essentially an improv show, but it was staged as if it were a panel game show. The host would instruct the performers to engage in a number of "games", which often had predetermined parameters, decided by members of the audience, and/or the show's writers. The crux of the show was that the performers didn't know the specifics of what they were expected to perform until the time they had to perform it. Regular cast members included Stephen Frost, Josie Lawrence, Tony Slattery, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles.

When the show moved to the US, Drew Carey took the position of host. Ryan Stiles and Colin Mochrie were asked to be regular contestants. In the second season, Wayne Brady was asked to become the show's third permanent cast member. UK version alumni Greg Proops and Brad Sherwood also made regular appearances. I wish Tony Slattery had at least made a guest appearance, but sadly it was not to be.

One of the show's running jokes was "the points don't matter" Clive Anderson actually went out of his way to try and make up clever ways to score the the various games, but in the end the winner(s) was whoever the producers decided on. Drew Carey was more straightforward about it, simply stating that it was a "gag to hold the show together".

Popular games on both shows included Scenes from a Hat, Let's Make a Date, Party Quirks, Movie TV and Theater Styles, and the ever popular and universally hated among the players, "Hoe-Down" "Don't you say another Hoedown!" - Ryan from the bloopers reel.

Drew Carey has made several attempts to resurrect the improv aspects of the show with most of the US cast, first with The Green Screen Show, and more recently with Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza. Sadly neither one was successful. Last month the CW network announced they were reviving Whose Line, with Ryan, Colin and Wayne on board, but with a new host:  Aisha Tyler. We'll see how that pans out.

Now here's Stephen Fry rapping:
http://www.youtube.com/v/uSJPr8aYN_w     

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Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 16, 2013, 06:42:00 PM
There are people who are hardcore improvisers who hate this show because they consider it a lazy version of a great and complex artform.  I say, suck it up.  There's different kinds of improv and just like there's room for a really good box of Oreos or Chef Boy Ar Dee (to which I add red wine and oregano when I eat, I'm not even kidding) in my pantry, there's room for more accessible and bite sized forms of improv.  Which I admit, is a bit of a backhanded compliment so I'll say "shallow and/or simple" isn't bad.  It's just a different thing.
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Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 16, 2013, 06:45:24 PM
Those people are just jealous because they haven't achieved that level of popularity yet

I have probably every  American episode on tape unfortunately my UK episodes won't play anymore.
Maybe I'll get a DVD on Amazon
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Post by: CJones on April 16, 2013, 06:55:43 PM
We Surveyed 9 people, top 51 answers are on the board. Name a TV Game Show...
#3 Family Feud (aka Family Fortunes) - 116 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/GeTmlInHJOo http://www.youtube.com/v/bT_DEZz99VQ

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As I mentioned in the Match Game write up, Family Feud was derived from the Poll the Audience segment of that show, and given to regular Match Game panelist Richard Dawson. The show started in 1976, and has been on and off the air numerous times. Dawason's run ended in 1985. In '88 Ray Combs was asked to be the host. Combs was a stand up comic, one of the very few comics who appeared on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson who got a standing ovation, even from Carson himself. He hosted the show until 1994. After he was fired, he became suicidal, and hung him self while admitted to a psychiatric ward. Since then the Show has been hosted by Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, John O'Hurley and most recently, Steve Harvey. Supposedly the show was on the brink on cancellation again, but the ratings have gone back up since Harvey took over. The original host, Richard Dawson, died last June, exactly 16 years to the day after Ray Combs death.

The show had a simple enough concept. The producers would arrange for surveys of 100 people be taken on a variety of subjects, such as "name an animal with three letters in it's name", or "name an animal whose legs are featured on a restaurant menu" (both of these were particularly disastrous). All of the answers which were given by at least two people were put up on the game board in order of popularity. The families would try to beat each other to the draw on the initial guess, and from there, whichever family that ended up in control had to guess what all the remaining answers were. If they got all of them, they scored all the points those answers were worth. But if they missed three times, the other family got a chance to guess one of the remaining answers. If they did, they got all the points the other team had racked up in that round. The 3rd and fourth rounds were usually played for double and triple points respectively. If neither family had won by that, it would go into sudden death, with the last family member on each side being asked one question to which there was one answer that was overwhelmingly #1.

Whichever family got to 300 first played the bonus round "Fast Money". Two family members were selected, and first one, then the other were asked a series of five questions, to which they tried to give the most popular answer. The second player couldn't duplicate any of the first players answers. If the two of the combined scored 200 points, they won the grand prize, currently $20K.

The show has been adapted to numerous other countries, including the UK where it's known as Family Fortunes. Their scoring system is a bit different, but it's effectively the same show.

Fun fact. When I was a little kid, during the original Richard Dawson run, I thought that "Survey" was the name of the guy who sat behind the game board and made up the answers. I didn't quite grasp the concept of the show at age 8.

This is another show that's pretty notorious for it's screw ups and bizarre answers.

http://www.youtube.com/v/6L8UQaAJmYs http://www.youtube.com/v/M2AWKfMvDtw
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Post by: CJones on April 16, 2013, 07:53:19 PM
#2 The Price is Right - 128 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/2doj6jJhnX0 http://www.youtube.com/v/1X1vNzAWQFQ

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The original Price is Right started in 1956 and ran until 1965. It was hosted Bill Cullen, who actually hosted quite a few game shows in the 50's and 60's. Some of his more recent shows include Hot Potato and the original US version of Blockbusters. The show strongly resembled the bidding segment that preceded each pricing game in the modern show. The difference was that each contestant had to bid higher than the previous contestant, and the bidding rolled over to the first contestant again. Each contestant had the option of stand fast with their current bid. Whoever was closest without going over, won the prize. Whoever had won the highest total by the end of the show returned for the next show as the returning champion.

The show most of us think of as The Price is Right was originally known as "The New" Price is Right, which started in 1972. It didn't take long for them to drop the "New" part of the title. Bob Barker was host from the start, and continued to be host until 2007. Since then Drew Carey has been host.

The show consists of six rounds, each starting with a bidding round, similar to the original show. Whoever wins, wins the prize, but more impotantly gets them up on the stage to play a pricing game. There are many MANY different pricing games, which range substantially from games that required a great deal of skill and educated guessing, to games that are nearly all blind luck. Probably most popular are Plinko, and the various car games. For car games, The Dice Game was particularly forgiving, while 3 Strikes was brutally luck based. Among other games, The Clock game is probably the most fair. After every three games there'd be the Showcase Showdown, where the three contestants so far would spin the big wheel and try to come as close to $1.00 as they could without going over. The next three contestants would do the same thing.

Then would come the Showcase. Two sets of high value prizes would be displayed to the two winners of the Showcase Showdowns, with the biggest winner getting the first shot at the showcase. They could chose to bid or pass to the other contestant. Once each contestant had bid on a Showcase, whoever came the closest to the actual total value of their Showcase, without going over, won their Showcase. However, if the winner is within $100 (later increased to $250), they'd win both Showcases.

Oh, and there was some alleged sex scandal with Barker and the show's prize models, aka "Barker's Beauties". I could care less about this sort of tabloid journalism stuff.

And now here, for your consideration, are the absolute worst and absolute best showcase bids in the history of the show (I feel bad for the woman in that second clip):
http://www.youtube.com/v/BMCFRElyaCc http://www.youtube.com/v/PZOCT9lUh4Y

And this is CJones saying help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 16, 2013, 08:07:23 PM
The price is wrong bitch!

Yes, it still makes me laugh.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Pak-Man on April 16, 2013, 08:07:58 PM
Woo! PiR! The highlight of any actually-sick sick day. :^)
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 17, 2013, 02:32:28 AM
Oh Price is Life, I love your crazy fans, showcase showdowns and plastic looking women.  And, of course, Plinko, which is based on the Japanese game pachinko.  I only point this out because I used to live above a pachinko parlor.  But yeah, when your sick lunchtime belongs to Bob Barker.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Thrifty on April 17, 2013, 03:04:41 AM
What?  No number 1?    Well I haven't seen Jeopardy yet so I'm guessing it's Jeopardy.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 17, 2013, 05:56:06 AM
Sorry to leave you hanging. I had the #1 all written out, and then I fell asleep before hitting the post button. Yeah, it's....
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 17, 2013, 05:59:18 AM
(http://ts2.explicit.bing.net/th?id=H.5016595757926121&pid=15.1&H=110&W=160)
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Thrifty on April 17, 2013, 06:30:00 AM
Somebody shot him while he was trying to type it up, to keep the secret of the top game show a secret forever.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 17, 2013, 06:43:24 AM
Clue: This is the #1 favorite game show, as determined by the Rifftrax forum... What is

#1 Jeopardy! - 140 Points

http://www.youtube.com/v/LBc6bAOyDro http://www.youtube.com/v/YLR1byL0U8M

7 of 9 Lists
Highest Ranking Tied for #1 Kete & Johnny Unusual


Jeopardy! was created by Merv Griffin (who went on to create Wheel of Fortune) and ran from 1964 through 1975, hosted by Art Flemming. The show was revived in 1984, this time hosted by Alex Trebek, and it continues to this day. The idea for the show actually came from Griffin's wife. She suggested, why not make a show where you give them the answer, and they have to supply the question. The example she gave him was "5280 feet", to which the question was "How many feet are in a mile?" The answer/question format quickly became little more than a formality, but it continues to this day.

The game board consists of six categories with five clues in each category. The contestant in control can pick any dollar amount from any category. After a certain amount of time has passed, the first round ends, and after that, the same thing happens again, but with the dollar amounts doubled. There are three "Daily Doubles", one in the first round, and two in the second. When a contestant picks one of these, they are given the opportunity to wager some or all of their current winnings. Finally the game finishes with, appropriately enough, Final Jeopardy. In this, all three contestants must wager some or all of their winnings on one final clue, to which they are given only the category in advance.

The show used to have a five game limit, but much like Tic-Tac-Dough, the producers eventually did away with this limit. This made it possible for Ken Jennings to achieve the all time longest winning streak and biggest money winner on any US game show. 74 wins, and $2,520,700. He went on to play in the Ultimate Tournament of Champions, where he lost to Brad Rutter, who, thanks to the 2 Million dollar bonus, is the current all time biggest money winner. The two of them went on to challenge Watson, a massive super computer produced by IBM. They got their asses handed to them.

EDIT: BTW, I mentioned in my Pyramid write up that it had won the second most Daytime Emmys of any game show. It was second after Jeopardy!     
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Kete on April 17, 2013, 06:47:02 AM
I watch Jeopardy almost every day.  I love it.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 17, 2013, 06:57:53 AM
I wasn't shot, but I did have to retype the whole thing. Not only did I fall asleep yesterday, but I apparently erased my entire post. I've reconstructed it as best I can remember. If you guys recall, I had surgery yesterday. Nothing major, but I was left sedated.

So there it is, the Top 51 Game Shows. I hope you guys and gals enjoyed it. I enjoyed running it, and I learned quite a bit from doing so. And I have a new found respect for Johnny Unusual and everyone else who has run one of these. It takes a lot longer, and involves a lot more work than I realized.

Now it's time to nominate the next LoC. PM me any idea that you'd be interested in hosting. So far I've received three. I'd say a good deadline is Midnight this coming Sunday, the 21st. I'll start a poll at that time to determine which idea will become the next List 'o Crap.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Darth Geek on April 17, 2013, 07:54:43 AM
Nice list. You did a good job hosting it, CJones.

I particularly liked the bit at the end about the Jeopardy champions getting beat by the computer.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 17, 2013, 10:46:42 AM
yes excelllent job, it was fun

just wish we hadd more of you slackers paricipating
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 17, 2013, 06:21:03 PM
I love Jeopardy.  I love trivia stuff altogether and while I appreciate games where people use their muscles, wits and sense of humour, Jeopardy seems like the game show in it's purest form.  Trebek is a great host.  And though sometimes questions can be about silly pop culture stuff, it never feels the need to dumb down it's questions.  This is where real trivia folk come to play. The only thing I don't like is the little conversations with the contestants.  To quote Krusty the Klown "Talk to the audience?! Ugh, this is always Death." 

BTW, I need help with a ball trivia game.  If you want to give me a hand (IE, make Arrested Development references) please go to the thread "Trivia Night - Arrested Development edition" on the games board.  Thanks.

Excellent work, CJones.  You also didn't make any of the big first timer mistakes like miscounts.  And trust me, I still make those.  Hope you host again sometime.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 17, 2013, 06:36:56 PM
1. Jeopardy
2. Beat the Geeks
3. The Price is Right
4. Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?
5. You Bet Your Life
6. Iron Chef
7. Win Ben Stein's Money
8. Who Wants To Be a Millionaire
9. Family Feud

10. Doug Loves Movies  - Another podcast panel show, though one that tends to get messy when guests don't know when to shut up (still funny, but frustrating if you actually want to hear the games)
11. Whose Line Is It Anyway
12. Wheel of Fortune

13. Distraction - not my favourite, but you've got to admire a game show where the only way you can activate a buzzer for one round is with your pee.
14. The Liar's Club
15. Funhouse - This and The Real Ghostbusters where my childhood in grade 1 and 2.
16. Bumper Stumpers
17. Win, Lose or Draw

18. Reach for the Top - Was at the reach for the top club for my first year of High School.
19. Just Like Mom *
20. Interceptor - This and the Crystal Maze were essential viewing in Thailand whenever I was stuck in a hotel room for the night.
21. Face Off - It's like Iron Chef but with movie make-up
22. Supermarket Sweep
23. The Crystal Maze
24. Video & Arcade Top 10 - Awful, but a beloved part of my childhood
25. Cluedo - Interesting idea, but I don't remember much beyond that

* Just like mom was a kids cooking show where the kids must try to make blueberry muffins and stuff.  Almost invariably, one dumb kid would use the ketchup.
Oh, and I sure as hell didn't notice this watching it as a kid.  Warning: WTF!?!
http://www.youtube.com/v/MW9220F7SQc
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Pak-Man on April 17, 2013, 07:18:42 PM
Awesome job with the list!

Here's mine:

1. Press Your Luck
2. Price is Right
3. Nick Arcade
4. Liar's Club
5. Remote Control
6. Wheel of Fortune
7. Family Feud
8. Jeopardy
9. Concentration
10. Double Dare
11. Who Wants to be a Millionare?
12. Hollywood Squares
13. The Joker's Wild (US Version)
14. $10,000 Pyramid
15. Legends of the Hidden Temple
16. Tic-Tac-Dough
17. Let's Make a Deal
18. Monopoly
19. Bumper Stumpers
20. Scrabble
21. Password
22. To Tell the Truth
23. Make Me Laugh
24. Win, Lose or Draw
25. Jackpot
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 18, 2013, 06:18:18 AM
Good stuff C. :)

Here's mine:

1.   Blockbusters
2.   The Crystal Maze
3.   Knightmare
4.   The Adventure Game
5.   The Krypton Factor
6.   Mastermind
7.   University Challenge
8.   Countdown
9.   QI
10.   I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue
11.   Just A Minute
12.   Have I Got News For You
13.   Nevermind the Buzzcocks
14.   Shooting Stars
15.   Screentest
16.   Cluedo
17.   Whose Line Is It Anyway? (UK version personally)
18.   Cheggers Plays Pop
19.   Call My Bluff
20.   Play Your Cards Right
21.   Bullseye
22.   It’s a Knockout
23.   Through The Keyhole
24.   Family Fortunes
25.   Catchphrase.

Used to play Whose Line during lunch at school as improve exercises go the games are pretty solid. Never actually seen the US version though that I can recall.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Tripe on April 18, 2013, 06:51:04 AM
20. Interceptor - This and the Crystal Maze were essential viewing in Thailand whenever I was stuck in a hotel room for the night.

Ooh completely forgot about this but that's a good one, I should have had that.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Thrifty on April 18, 2013, 07:54:24 AM
Jeopardy would have been on my list too, if I'd been around soon enough to make one.  Roger Craig is one of the best Jeopardy champions out there.  He currently holds the record for highest single day winnings in regular play ($77,000, beating Ken Jennings' previous record of $75,000), and won the 2011 Tournament of Champions.  It helped in the first of the two Final games when he made this amazing play (http://youtu.be/YRwK8SyVeJE).

Roger Craig lives in my hometown of Newark, Delaware, approximately 4 miles away from me.  I wish I had the guts to walk up to his home, knock on his door, and shake his hand.

The only thing I don't like is the little conversations with the contestants.  To quote Krusty the Klown "Talk to the audience?! Ugh, this is always Death." 

I hate that too.  I DVR Jeopardy every day and when I watch it later, I skip over that part.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Kete on April 18, 2013, 08:02:02 AM
The only thing I don't like is the little conversations with the contestants.  To quote Krusty the Klown "Talk to the audience?! Ugh, this is always Death." 

I hate that too.  I DVR Jeopardy every day and when I watch it later, I skip over that part.

I DVR it too, but I usually watch while I'm cleaning up from dinner.  The interview is when I actually get stuff done.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 18, 2013, 10:31:36 AM
Here is my list. Let me remind everyone that I'm still accepting nominations for the next LoC. I now have four, but I'd really like to have at least 5.

BTW I fixed the "worst showcase bid" link so it links to the right video. Just in case anyone wants to see it.

1 Junkyard Wars
2 Press Your Luck
3 Starcade
4 Whose Line is it anyway?
5 Jeapordy
6 Family Fued
7 Wait Wait Don't Tell Me
8 Cash Cab
9 The Price is Right

10 Beat the Clock
11 Tic-Tac-Dough
12 Pyramid
13 The Newlyweds Game
14 Bumper Stumpers
15 QI
16 Scrabble

17 To Tell the Truth
18 Password
19 Iron Chef
20 Beat the Geeks

21 1 vs 100
22 Supermarket Sweep
23 The Crystal Maze

24 Hot Potato
25 Dancing with the Stars
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: ColeStratton on April 18, 2013, 05:09:45 PM
Good list! Here's mine:

1.   Cash Cab
2.   Estate of Panic
3.   Legends of the Hidden Temple
4.   Survivor
5.   Double Dare
6.   Jeopardy!

7.   Pirate Master
8.   Supermarket Sweep
9.   Family Feud
10.   American Gladiators
11.   Remote Control
12.   Wheel of Fortune
13.   Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
14.   The Price is Right
15.   Nick Arcade
16.   Tic-Tac-Dough
17.   Card Sharks
18.   The Amazing Race
19.   Win Ben Stein’s Money

20.   Singled Out
21.   $25,000 Pyramid
22.   Beat the Geeks
23.   Win, Lose or Draw

24.   Guts!
25.   On The Cover

I included On The Cover because both my wife and I were contestants on it -- my episode never aired (I won, but lost the bonus round -- if your episode doesn't air, you don't win anything even if you won. So I didn't get my $500 Lobstergram. Serioulsly.). Her episode did air, and she won and we got a week long Caribbean cruise out of it!
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: The Lurker on April 18, 2013, 05:45:55 PM
I find it a little odd that no one voted for Video Power.  It's basically what you'd get if you fused Nick Arcade with Supermarket Sweep.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Johnny Unusual on April 18, 2013, 06:47:48 PM
Or GamesMaster, which is superior to Nick Arcade and Video and Arcade Top 10.  Of course, the latter is awful and at least Nick Arcade tried to make things interesting for the last half.  But I feel that GamesMaster had an occasionally cheeky sense of humour and some occasionally interesting events (2 professional arm wrestlers facing off to see who could be better at an arm wrestling arcade game.  For whatever reason, I had more nostalgia for the other two.  Thinking now, I really should have added it.

And I've never heard of video Power.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: The Lurker on April 18, 2013, 07:43:53 PM
It was like a combination of Nick Arcade and Supermarket Sweep.  There would be game rounds and quiz rounds like Nick Arcade, but the episodes would each focus on a specific game.  At the end, the ultimate winner would go through a maze and collect as many games as they could attach to their helmet and vest (via velcro strips on the uniform and the game boxes) before crossing the finish line.  There were a few items that had to be carried like the Neo Geo system or a skateboard.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: CJones on April 21, 2013, 01:29:49 PM
I only have 4 nominations so far for the next LoC. I suppose that could work well enough, but I'd prefer five. I'd nominate musicals, but I don't think I could handle doing two of these back to back. Maybe next time. Deadline for next LoC nominations is midnight today.
Title: Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
Post by: Mrs. Dick Courier on April 21, 2013, 05:09:24 PM
Had fun watching the clips of old shows.  Especially Supermarket Sweep, lawdy that host was cheesy.  Gonna see if I can find others