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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    Speaking of Richard Dawson, there was Family Feud.

    I used to laugh at all the cheap gropes and feels that Dawson used to give the young women. He was such a letch. I'm surprised he never got sued.
    I would say the reason he was never sued was that 99% of the women that came on the show was looking forward to his obligitory grope.
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    I have always enjoyed watching What's My Line reruns, especially when the celebrity signed in and tried to disguise their voice. Of course it usually was guessed because the panel had Broadway snobs and the guest was usually in town for a Broadway play.

    other classics I remember, Treasure Hunt-something about gift wrapped boxes, Split second-Tom Kennedy, Dating Game, Tattletales (Go Banana section!)

    There was also one called something like "All-Star Almost Anything Goes" which had obstacle course type games.
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    Gong Show and the Newlywed Game!

    I watched Match Game and Price is Right (One Dollar!) every day after school. To think of what I could have been had I spent that time doing something productive- where the heck were my parents?!
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    America's Got Talent could not hold the The Gong Show's jock.

    Nuff said.
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    More 1990s, but I once got called on by a professor in law school when I wasn't paying attention (too busy reading on RedsZone, I imagine) and was asked to give an answer to the tax problem on the blackboard.

    My response, having no clue what was being talked about, was "Can I take the physical challenge?"
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

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    How about Crosswits?
    I remember Crosswits! Pretty obscure one but I remember liking it as a kid.
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

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    I remember The Liar's Club. The host passed away at a young age in recent years. Can't remember his name but he had curly hair.
    Burt Convy?

    I didn't think about the Chuck Barris stuff. I was a big Gong Show fan as a kid and even read Barris' spoofy autobiography.

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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    I remember the "Gong Show" episode where every contestant sang "Feelings." It was brutal/hilarious.
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    Tattletales.

    I was distraught to see Shirley Jones with Marty Ingels. I was thinking how can she marry this creep. Early episodes had her former husband on, Jack Cassidy.

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    The Gong Show was absolutely brilliant.

    As a kid, I was a huge fan of Match Game (thank you, Charles Nelson Reilly).

    I also liked Tic Tac Doe, The Joker's Wild, and The Liar's Club (what a surreal set design).

    A few years later (mid-80s), I liked Press Your Luck and Don't Make Me Laugh, in which professional comedians tried to make the contestants laugh. If the contestants held out, they would win prizes.
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    Match Game was great. Looked like an excuse for marginal celebrities to get drunk and crack wise, on a set that looked like it was built five minutes ago in Kramer's apartment.
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    Speaking of Richard Dawson, there was Family Feud.

    I used to laugh at all the cheap gropes and feels that Dawson used to give the young women. He was such a letch. I'm surprised he never got sued.
    I believe that Dawson kissed every single female contestant on the lips. Yuck.

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Gong Show and the Newlywed Game!

    I watched Match Game and Price is Right (One Dollar!) every day after school. To think of what I could have been had I spent that time doing something productive- where the heck were my parents?!
    Yep, back in '73 or '74, The Price is Right was only a 30 minute show. They had only three winning contestants, then the top two winners money-wise bid on the showcase. It was followed by The Match Game. Watched it every afternoon after school at the babysitters.

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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

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    Password with Allan Ludden (who was married to Betty White)
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    I read somewhere that with the Match Game, they taped a whole week in one sitting and they'd drink in-between shows. It showed.
    There are some clips on Youtube of Betty White as a contestant (very young, just gorgeous) with some double entendres between her and Ludden.

    While not from the 70's or 80's, I'd encourage folks to have a look old clips of What's My Line, particularly the celebrity segments. There are several baseball ones, including the Reds dropping in after a game in New York sometime in the late 50's. Fun show up until John Daly left.

    I couldn't find any clips, but Nick Clooney had a game show in the 80's called The Money Maze that lasted about six months. He did it while he was still doing The Nick Clooney variety show on WCPO. My uncle's former brother-in-law was Clooney's band leader.
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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    ahh the match game one of my favorites, had maybe the funniest moment in game show history with this question.

    the pillsbury dough boy got so drunk last night (audience, how drunk was he!) well he got so drunk that he tried to blank a bagel.

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    Re: 1970s and 80s TV Game Shows

    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    I believe that Dawson kissed every single female contestant on the lips. Yuck.
    I was watching Family Feud clips on YouTube last night, and I saw a special birthday episode in which the producers flew Richard Dawson's family in to surprise him with a birthday cake. He kissed both his sons on the lips. I thought it was strange at first, but then it occurred to me that kissing people on the lips probably wasn't as big a deal to Richard Dawson as it is to the rest of the world. It was probably like a handshake to him.
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