A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize ...
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Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.
Updated version of the 1969-1974 NBC game show. Three contestants competed to answer trivia questions, with scoring in dollars. The game was interrupted at certain intervals for Instant ... See full summary »
Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »
A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »
The Mystery Word Search game consisted of 5 contestants (4 Challengers & 1 Champion) are playing for points. In the Premilinary Round, Contestants will find a answer (from a 14x4=56 gridded... See full summary »
Revival of the classic NBC game show where two contestants, one a returning champion, faced a computer-generated board of 25 squares. Game play was the same as before: Each contestant ... See full summary »
A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize money determined by a slot machine-style device. The winning contestant could then move on to a bonus round, where they would play a slot machine for a chance at even bigger prizes, but with the risk of losing everything. Written by
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Originally, CBS didn't want Jack Barry as host due to the quiz show scandals of the '50s. CBS gave Barry a 13 week (standard game show run) contract until a new host could be found. After 13 weeks, no one complained about Barry so Barry signed a new contract and stayed as host until his death of a heart attack on May 2, 1984. See more »
[Farewell speech on the June 13, 1975 finale]
Ladies and gentlemen, this is the last "Joker's Wild" program. On Monday, a new program will appear here. It is called "Spin-Off", and it features a very good friend of mine, Jim Lange. I hope that you will watch it, 'cause I'm sure you will enjoy it. 686 programs ago, I had the distinct pleasure of saying, "Welcome to 'The Joker's Wild.'" I could not have been able to say that then, nor could I say goodbye to you now, without acknowledging the ...
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The original Joker's Wild was a ground breaker for two reasons. One, it was a successful comeback for host Jack Barry after being blacklisted for his involvement in the quiz show scandal. Second, it was the first game show to use synthesizers for its theme, breaking the traditional organ music used on many early game shows.
The game itself was outstanding. Even though most of the questions were easy, I really enjoyed the show and answered most of the questions correctly. Barry always asked contestants if they can come back on the next show if time ran out in the middle of the game since he was used to live TV.
By the 1981-82 season, the show began to jump the shark when audience members got a chance to "Face the Devil." I felt it was out of place and should't belong as part of the show. But the biggest jump was in 1984 when Barry died of a heart attack and Bill Cullen was hired as host instead of regular substitute host Jim Peck. Cullen seemed slow and didn't move the game along well.
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