I always had a soft spot for the bonus round in the Jokers Wild. And the Card Sharks board with Jim Perry going up in octaves as the cards turned was classic as well. And yes, I'd like to join the brigade that was spooked as a child by the Tic-Tac-Dough Dragon. Wink Martindale is Satan.
(edited by redsoxnation on 10.2.03 1225) The Public Demands: Nuke Mecca.
20,000 (or 10,000?) Dollar Pyramid had one of the best bonus rounds.
The instrument markings in the car from Northern Ireland are a touch heavy-handed, but the display is clear and logical, as complete as the rest of the interior. With all the expected trappings of comfort and entertainment, only the unreasonable could go away displeased with DeLorean's ergonomic success.
*You know, you can alter the time on CC; my fastest is 18.
*I was never a fan of buzzers at a young age; so, I watched a decent amount of game shows with no sound. I was petrified of the Dragon. The Jack Barry look-alike Devil was ok, but it was the dragon's roar that got me.
*Pyramid's bonus round rules, but the latest incarnation is ehh -- nothing beats the string pluck sounds during the old days.
*Gift certificate... or the sporadically used "On Account." Just remember, once you've bought a prize, it's yours to keep.
*Jim Perry had the greatest delivery during Money Cards. It's pretty bad when you're making a promo and decide to use the font (with neon glow added) as a tribute. Pathetic, but fun.
*I never minded the Glitch against MathMan.
*You think it's bad now -- wait until they get Flash TPiR and Whammy and Blockbusters going.
"We had four couples, eight questions, a refrigerator and that's it." --Chuck Barris, talking about The Newlywed Game on LIVE! With Regis and Kelly
I'm right there with the secret and irrational desire to see the Wheel come breaking off and roll through all the college kids in the crowd or for some old lady to get sucked under it. Every time I watch it, man, I'm waiting for it.
The Pyramid is a funny thing. Like Password, it's weird in that they give you the answers, so you can't really play along at home. Also like Password, it has a redeeming value that completely saves it. For Password, it was the awesome voice guy who would say "THE PASSWORD IS...ANTACID" like he was delivering ransom drop-off information. For Pyramid, it was Dick Clark after the final round. Whenever there would be a square left that the contestant failed to accurately guess based on the clues of his or her celebrity, Dick would, without fail, come up and deliever the perfect clue that would have gotten them the money.
I ask you, is there anything better in game shows than the guy from My Sister Sam screaming, say, "A match! Bowling pins! A batter in baseball!" and the contestant having no clue as time runs out, and then Dick Clark walks up, stops the contestant from turning around to look at the Pyramid and says "Would it have helped if he said...The 'Triangle Shirtwaist Company'?" and the contestant immediately says "Oh, Things You Strike!"?
The correct answer is yes, because the music from Match Game '76 and the part on Password when the clue-giver would say a word, the other person wouldn't get the answer and then the clue-giver would say the same word again, only slower ("THE PASSWORD IS...REFRIGERATOR" "Freezer" "Ice?" "...Freeeeeeeezer" "Cold?" ) are both better. But the Pyramid thing is way up there.
You can probably still find the Varese Sarabande/Varese Vintage "Classic TV Game Show Themes" CD (produced in association with Game Show Network!)
Various Artists / Classic TV Game Show Themes
1. Wheel Of Fortune (Changing Keys) 2. Jeopardy! 3. What's My Line? (Rollercoaster) 4. I've Got A Secret (Plink Plank Plunk) 5. Password 6. To Tell The Truth 7. Tic Tac Dough 8. The Joker's Wild 9. GE College Bowl 10. The Wizard Of Odds 11. The Dating Game 12. The Newlywed Game 13. The $25,000 Pyramid 14. The Price Is Right 15. Match Game 16. Family Feud 17. Card Sharks 18. Jackpot 19. Go 20. Chain Reaction
I clicked on the link and it looks like SI took the article down. All his other articles in his archive are there, but that one has been removed... Looks like he struck a nerve, according to his follow up article. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.