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February 21st, 2014 at 7:46:03 PM permalink
I'm a huge fan of game shows, specifically 80's game shows. The "improbable occurrences in a casino" thread brought to mind a few game show winning moments that seemed very improbable. The link below is one of my favorites, I actually remember watching it when it aired. It's not for a great deal of money but her getting the right answer given the clues was pretty amazing.


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jfk_GT3DD9E
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February 21st, 2014 at 8:18:43 PM permalink
That's a good one, thanks. Keep them coming.

I have a 1982 example from The Price Is Right. In the showcase round, the winner is the contestant who bids closer to the price of her own showcase, without going over. If the winner's bid is within $100, she wins both showcases.

Joining the episode at 39:40, Patricia has already bid on showcase #1, but the audience believes she has gone over. Catherine has just seen showcase #2 and will now bid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r489mQSFKx4#t=39m40s
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February 21st, 2014 at 8:35:14 PM permalink
Long one, but here's a win that only seemed improbable:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFEBCve-3Cw

"Big money, big money, no Whammy...and....STOP!!!!"

(My favorite game show ever)
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February 21st, 2014 at 8:40:24 PM permalink
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February 21st, 2014 at 8:54:34 PM permalink
A run of cards on Card Sharks that's almost hard to believe...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6z8IK4dj_uY
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February 21st, 2014 at 9:09:21 PM permalink
Before his stint on Card Sharks, Bob Eubanks hosted Dream House. This is from the 1984 final episode, joined at 1:30:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4KWY3QHtnA#t=01m30s

I calculate the odds at 1-in-24.
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February 21st, 2014 at 9:53:37 PM permalink
Quote: michael99000

A run of cards on Card Sharks that's almost hard to believe...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6z8IK4dj_uY



Awesome. I am a bigger fan of Jim Perry though. Love "Sale of the Century" too.

Quote: gpac1377

That's a good one, thanks. Keep them coming.

I have a 1982 example from The Price Is Right. In the showcase round, the winner is the contestant who bids closer to the price of her own showcase, without going over. If the winner's bid is within $100, she wins both showcases.

Joining the episode at 39:40, Patricia has already bid on showcase #1, but the audience believes she has gone over. Catherine has just seen showcase #2 and will now bid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r489mQSFKx4#t=39m40s



Also great. And even better if you watch the whole show. The winner got screwed over by her showcase opponent in game #3. The winner was in contestants' row the whole time til she won the last game. She lost her pricing game and won with a meh spin as the first player to get into the showcase.
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February 21st, 2014 at 10:12:33 PM permalink
perfect bid and a bad beat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMFFGFmn20k
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February 21st, 2014 at 11:00:23 PM permalink
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perfect bid and a bad beat

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMFFGFmn20k



I have read up on that more. Pretty sure Drew thinks he cheated. But they never proved it. He read it with zero excitement too. In the past few months I saw an over by $5. That was rough.
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February 21st, 2014 at 11:26:43 PM permalink
Quote: michael99000

A run of cards on Card Sharks that's almost hard to believe...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6z8IK4dj_uY



What a waste of $3k.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 7:29:08 AM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

The winner got screwed over by her showcase opponent in game #3.


Yup, she thought the other bids were all low, so she one-upped the highest amount. It's a common tactic, but I probably wouldn't do it because I'm not cutthroat enough. I would go up by maybe 15 or 20$ to be polite.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 7:29:21 AM permalink
Quote: tringlomane

I have read up on that more. Pretty sure Drew thinks he cheated. But they never proved it. He read it with zero excitement too.


The best explanation I've heard is that the contestant received the suggested bid amount from the audience, where an "LFaT" named Ted Slauson was seated. (LFaT [Loyal Friend and True] is a nickname for dedicated fans, many of whom keep a running memory of prices.)

Supposedly after the bids, there was an extended stopdown for discussion among the panic-stricken staff, and Drew was probably quite stressed for the resumption to finish the show.

It seems that game shows are super paranoid about cheating. A lot of people thought Michael Larson's actions on Press Your Luck constituted cheating, even though he was simply using his brain.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 7:41:11 AM permalink
Speaking of Press Your Luck, it was generally wrong to pass spins while in 3rd place, and sometimes it was suicidal. The legendary host Peter Tomarken would cleverly avoid dictating strategy by describing scenarios obliquely. ("If you pass and contestant #2 whammies, then contestant #3 is your best friend.")

Here's an example, joined at 16:45:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWa3Bk6kc7E#t=16m45s
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February 22nd, 2014 at 8:23:02 AM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

Speaking of Press Your Luck, it was generally wrong to pass spins while in 3rd place, and sometimes it was suicidal. The legendary host Peter Tomarken would cleverly avoid dictating strategy by describing scenarios obliquely. ("If you pass and contestant #2 whammies, then contestant #3 is your best friend.")

Here's an example, joined at 16:45:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWa3Bk6kc7E#t=16m45s



What the Hell was that guy thinking about? He needed x + 1 Spin and only x + 1 Spin, there was no combination of events (after passing that spin) that could have ever conceivably resulted in him winning the game because a Whammy from either contestant would end the game. Even if the second contestant got x + 1 spin and passed it would go to Contestant #3 as having the second most money.

The sad part is, I think I've seen virtually that exact scenario play out before. I remember one explanation being "I didn't want to Whammy," the Hell difference would it make? If you're in third and Whammy, you lose, if you pass your last spin, you lose!
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February 22nd, 2014 at 1:16:37 PM permalink
Quote: Mission146

What the Hell was that guy thinking about? He needed x + 1 Spin and only x + 1 Spin, there was no combination of events (after passing that spin) that could have ever conceivably resulted in him winning the game because a Whammy from either contestant would end the game. Even if the second contestant got x + 1 spin and passed it would go to Contestant #3 as having the second most money.

The sad part is, I think I've seen virtually that exact scenario play out before. I remember one explanation being "I didn't want to Whammy," the Hell difference would it make? If you're in third and Whammy, you lose, if you pass your last spin, you lose!



That might've been one of the worst decisions I've ever seen on a game show. I watched his face afterwards and I saw no signs of regret or realization he made a mistake. Its almost as though finishing 2nd instead of 3rd had some meaning to him.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 1:23:57 PM permalink
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That might've been one of the worst decisions I've ever seen on a game show. I watched his face afterwards and I saw no signs of regret or realization he made a mistake. Its almost as though finishing 2nd instead of 3rd had some meaning to him.



Maybe he didnt like the first place guy and wanted the girl to win.

Although, in that case, he should have passed all the spins.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 1:42:27 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

Yup, she thought the other bids were all low, so she one-upped the highest amount. It's a common tactic, but I probably wouldn't do it because I'm not cutthroat enough. I would go up by maybe 15 or 20$ to be polite.



In 4th position, you only have two viable options: $1 more than the bid that is currently winning, or $1. Anything else takes odds away from you. Always play to win.

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Speaking of Press Your Luck, it was generally wrong to pass spins while in 3rd place, and sometimes it was suicidal. The legendary host Peter Tomarken would cleverly avoid dictating strategy by describing scenarios obliquely. ("If you pass and contestant #2 whammies, then contestant #3 is your best friend.")

Here's an example, joined at 16:45:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWa3Bk6kc7E#t=16m45s



The best part of this clip is Jim's indignant response to the dumbass dumb pass, and his swearing tirade after hitting the whammy. If you listen closely, you can actually hear an "S" word.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 2:01:31 PM permalink
Super Password had a bonus round with a lot of buzzer-beating wins. This one features an improbable comeback after a slow start (joined at 3:20):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wjhv3g6hjs#t=03m20s

As an aside, I enjoyed the show for host Bert Convy's unique style of never being in control. He would forget rules, accidentally disclose answers, and generally screw up. The previous episode to the clip above featured an extended moment of chaos nicknamed "The Testimony Incident":

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3DpPSMS14A
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February 22nd, 2014 at 2:44:53 PM permalink
I think the old $25,000 Pyramid had some really good stuff. I don;t have time right now to look em up. Several I remember involved strapping the hands (no gesture rules).
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February 22nd, 2014 at 2:55:20 PM permalink
Quote: AxiomOfChoice

Maybe he didnt like the first place guy and wanted the girl to win.

Although, in that case, he should have passed all the spins.



Perhaps not, but he still had a realistic chance to win the game!
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February 22nd, 2014 at 2:55:21 PM permalink
I've always enjoyed this clip. Michael "Rain Man" on The Price is Right.

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February 22nd, 2014 at 3:08:14 PM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

I've always enjoyed this clip. Michael "Rain Man" on The Price is Right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el0rQgN-Lrc


That is epic, thanks.

98 mentioned Pyramid. This is one of my favorites, featuring Nathan Cook defeating a brutally difficult board:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDpCQsVUyCw

(Cook was within months of his tragic death from an allergic reaction.)
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February 22nd, 2014 at 3:59:50 PM permalink
Quote: EdCollins

I've always enjoyed this clip. Michael "Rain Man" on The Price is Right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el0rQgN-Lrc




that was so funny. I would have died laughing if I was watching it on TV.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 4:49:12 PM permalink
I'm surprised no one has posted this one yet.

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February 22nd, 2014 at 4:56:55 PM permalink
you are missing something there
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February 22nd, 2014 at 5:08:37 PM permalink
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you are missing something there


Here's the link from Mosca's post: http://youtu.be/5NqpvHtARrM

That sort of thing would presumably happen more often if the incentives were structured differently. Of course usually it's a mistake to solve immediately, even if you know the puzzle.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 5:40:59 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

That is epic, thanks.

98 mentioned Pyramid. This is one of my favorites, featuring Nathan Cook defeating a brutally difficult board:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDpCQsVUyCw

(Cook was within months of his tragic death from an allergic reaction.)

That was epic. The cluegiver was really good, too!
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February 22nd, 2014 at 5:50:52 PM permalink
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The cluegiver was really good, too!


Yes, definitely. And it looks like her son (Drew Ferrandini) posted in the comments. (He said his mom went back to school and passed the California State Bar.)
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February 22nd, 2014 at 6:08:17 PM permalink
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you are missing something there



I see an embedded youtube video. Is the function broken?
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February 22nd, 2014 at 6:11:27 PM permalink
Quote: Mosca

I see an embedded youtube video. Is the function broken?


When you embed, you need to drop off the front portion of the URL. The code would be:

[ youtube = 5NqpvHtARrM ]

(no spaces)
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February 22nd, 2014 at 6:18:31 PM permalink
Quote: Mosca

I'm surprised no one has posted this one yet.



Wanted to test this for myself; haven't posted a vid before. Thanks!
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February 22nd, 2014 at 6:20:31 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

When you embed, you need to drop off the front portion of the URL. The code would be:

[ youtube = 5NqpvHtARrM ]

(no spaces)



Thanks. I thought there was something to drop. I loaded it up and checked it with preview, and I saw (still see) a video. That did seem unusual.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 6:30:14 PM permalink
Quote: Mosca

I loaded it up and checked it with preview, and I saw (still see) a video.


I don't know, when I quote and preview your original post, I only see blank, white space. It must depend on a browser or adblock setting, or something like that.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 6:36:10 PM permalink
Quote: 98Clubs

I think the old $25,000 Pyramid had some really good stuff. I don;t have time right now to look em up. Several I remember involved strapping the hands (no gesture rules).



$25000 Pyramid was my favorite of all the game shows. Something about the urgency of that bonus round that I found very exciting , the clue giving was a skill some had and some didn't.

Here's another great finish, in this case I felt the clue receiver made it happen..


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2P2EnbRYpvE
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February 22nd, 2014 at 7:10:17 PM permalink
Here's one from the mid-1980s show The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime; it was pretty much the first one that came to mind when I saw "improbable game show wins."

Warning: the audio gets out of sync near the end, which is the important part, so if you don't understand what happens...
The man keeps guessing "Soothsayer!"; they get the fifth out of six with about 2 seconds left, and between when the final puzzle appears and the time runs out, he yells out "Soothsayer" again - which is right, and since the puzzle was on the screen and he answered correctly before the time expired, it counted.
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February 22nd, 2014 at 7:32:10 PM permalink
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The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime


Decent show, but I only watched on days when the jackpot was possible. I believe it required winning the bonus round three consecutive days. I preferred the format of Dream House because it was possible (although usually unlikely) to win the big prize on any day.

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$25000 Pyramid was my favorite of all the game shows.


This is very nitpicky-obsessive, but I thought the original 70s theme music was perfect, then they screwed it up. You'll hear it after the win below (joined at 10:10):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBkveVmFRgI#t=10m10s
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February 22nd, 2014 at 11:48:13 PM permalink
Here's a Pyramid bonus round where I felt the subjects were overall much tougher than normal...


http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=oLk2g-piDHU
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February 22nd, 2014 at 11:53:48 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

That is epic, thanks.

98 mentioned Pyramid. This is one of my favorites, featuring Nathan Cook defeating a brutally difficult board:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDpCQsVUyCw

(Cook was within months of his tragic death from an allergic reaction.)



One of my favorite game show moments of all time from one of my favorite game shows of all time.

A fun fact to note about this particular WC is that categories were often recycled, and the top box ("Things that are enshrined") had showed up in play twice in the past, both times flummoxing the team. Nathan Cook was one of the two celebrities who had to face that category a few months prior, so perhaps it was in the back of his mind when Keefe started listing off her clues.

Either way, Keefe knocked it out of the park when she gave the one clue that no one else had given before: "Hall of fame books". Send it.
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February 23rd, 2014 at 12:32:14 AM permalink
Quote: gpac1377



This is very nitpicky-obsessive, but I thought the original 70s theme music was perfect, then they screwed it up. You'll hear it after the win below (joined at 10:10):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBkveVmFRgI#t=10m10s



First time I have seen an older version, and respectfully disagree. But then again I was born after this original air. :P John Ritter's reaction is classic though, RIP.
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February 23rd, 2014 at 7:47:08 AM permalink
Quote: Deucekies

A fun fact to note about this particular WC is that categories were often recycled, and the top box ("Things that are enshrined") had showed up in play twice in the past, both times flummoxing the team. Nathan Cook was one of the two celebrities who had to face that category a few months prior, so perhaps it was in the back of his mind when Keefe started listing off her clues.


Very interesting, thanks.

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I thought the original 70s theme music was perfect

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respectfully disagree


I figured I might be in the minority :(

I have a quick one from Pyramid. The improbable part here is that although the contestant appears perfectly harmless, her friends are Cletus and Jimbob (no offense):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-nRyQ05SHo#t=00m30s
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February 23rd, 2014 at 8:35:36 AM permalink
There are lots of good Family Feud clips on YouTube. However, since the category is improbable game show wins, here is one where after the first six questions of Fast Money they had only 40 points. 160 points were needed in the last four.

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February 23rd, 2014 at 9:00:21 AM permalink
I like the screaming of joy at the end.

It is strange how this show is still on and they are still giving away the same prize. They have added that if you win 5 shows in a row you win a car. Yep, 1 car for 5 people. That won't cause fighting at all.
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February 23rd, 2014 at 9:12:27 AM permalink
Quote: GWAE

It is strange how this show is still on and they are still giving away the same prize. They have added that if you win 5 shows in a row you win a car. Yep, 1 car for 5 people. That won't cause fighting at all.


The prize has gone up from $5000 to $10,000 to $20,000 over the years.

As for the car, I assume they give it to the team's first player.
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February 23rd, 2014 at 9:13:38 AM permalink
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As for the car, I assume they give it to the team's first player.



I think game shows generally offer a cash option as well, which most players take. Much like winning a car in the casino. In this case the team could split the cash option five ways.
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February 23rd, 2014 at 9:20:07 AM permalink
Quote: ThatDonGuy

The prize has gone up from $5000 to $10,000 to $20,000 over the years.

As for the car, I assume they give it to the team's first player.



I thought it was always 20k. I guess I am too young to remember the good ole days
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February 23rd, 2014 at 10:03:01 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I think game shows generally offer a cash option as well, which most players take. Much like winning a car in the casino. In this case the team could split the cash option five ways.



I don't know about Family Feud, but on The Price Is Right you either take the prize or leave the prize. That's why everyone wants to play Plinko.
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February 23rd, 2014 at 11:45:47 AM permalink
Quote: Wizard

There are lots of good Family Feud clips on YouTube.


This one's well-known if you're a fan, but it shows what happened if the 200-point total was achieved single-handedly by the first player:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gt1qh_bR-4#t=02m38s
"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter."
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February 23rd, 2014 at 12:06:46 PM permalink
Quote: gpac1377

This one's well-known if you're a fan, but it shows what happened if the 200-point total was achieved single-handedly by the first player:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gt1qh_bR-4#t=02m38s



Definitely should've buzzed her for a duplicate answer when she said "4" to the Name a number between 3 and 5. For added humor
gpac1377
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February 23rd, 2014 at 1:00:38 PM permalink
Quote: michael99000

Definitely should've buzzed her for a duplicate answer when she said "4" to the Name a number between 3 and 5. For added humor


LOL :)

I wasn't totally listening at that point because I was still recovering from the Three Stooges question.

Moving on, the first big hit for outrageous producer Chuck Barris was The Dating Game, quickly followed by ... of course ... The Newlywed Game. In a (circa) 1979 episode, one of the couples was strikingly similar to Archie & Edith Bunker. The entire episode is available in three parts, but keeping to the topic, I'll skip to part 3:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3AItid82HE
"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter."
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February 24th, 2014 at 9:20:05 AM permalink
Continuing with Chuck Barris, in the early 70s the FTC prohibited TV stations from showing network programs during "prime access." The intent was to encourage local, public-affairs content, but happily instead they all opted for syndicated game shows, one of which was The New Treasure Hunt.

The show's concept was simple: contestants chose either guaranteed cash or an unknown prize package. The genius was in the prize reveals, during which contestants were tortured with fake-outs and other dramatic trickery. The show lasted until 1977 as a big-budget weekly, but was revived on a shoestring budget as a daily in 1981. The drama was mostly gone because the prizes were so pitiful, but the one redeeming feature was a progressive jackpot (capped at $50,000).

Below is a sequence of big prize events, at least one of which is a win. (Warning: the losses are brutal.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tlYxrHI_NPI#t=06m22s (joined at 6:22)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MD3sqE0rsq8#t=16m00s (joined at 16:00)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMWLQWOtIYk#t=07m15s (joined at 7:15)
"Scientists tell us that the fastest animal on earth, with a top speed of 120 feet per second, is a cow that has been dropped out of a helicopter."
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