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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #135 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

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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.

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #136 on: April 16, 2013, 07:53:19 PM »
#2 The Price is Right - 128 Points

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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):
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #137 on: April 16, 2013, 08:07:23 PM »
The price is wrong bitch!

Yes, it still makes me laugh.
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #138 on: April 16, 2013, 08:07:58 PM »
Woo! PiR! The highlight of any actually-sick sick day. :^)


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #139 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.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #140 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.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #141 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....


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #143 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.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #144 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

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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!     


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #145 on: April 17, 2013, 06:47:02 AM »
I watch Jeopardy almost every day.  I love it.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #146 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.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #147 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.



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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #148 on: April 17, 2013, 10:46:42 AM »
yes excelllent job, it was fun

just wish we hadd more of you slackers paricipating
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #149 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.