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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #90 on: April 13, 2013, 12:16:04 PM »
# 20 Win Ben Stein's Money - 43 Points

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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. 



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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #91 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?
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #92 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.
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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #93 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.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #94 on: April 13, 2013, 01:41:35 PM »
#19 (Tie) Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? - 44 Points

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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. 

 


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #95 on: April 13, 2013, 01:50:40 PM »
Oooh. I forgot Carmen Sandiego.

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #96 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.




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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #97 on: April 13, 2013, 04:27:20 PM »
#18 Password - 44 Points

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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.

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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #98 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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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #99 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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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #100 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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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #101 on: April 13, 2013, 07:25:10 PM »
#17 Who Wants to be a Millionairre - 46 Points

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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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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #102 on: April 13, 2013, 08:05:08 PM »
#16 (Tie) Supermarket Sweep - 47 Points

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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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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #103 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.


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Re: LoC 69: Top 51 Gameshows Countdown!
« Reply #104 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.