Two couples competed in a game similar to Super Password. The host would read a question whose answer was a clue to a puzzle. Six clues, each more revealing than the last, were given to the... See full summary »


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Two couples competed in a game similar to Super Password. The host would read a question whose answer was a clue to a puzzle. Six clues, each more revealing than the last, were given to the puzzle. Each correct clue earned the winning team more time to use in the bonus round should they reach it. The team to solve two puzzles first played the bizarre bonus round, which involved completing different stunts at different stations to earn Bank Cards. One stunt per week was manned by a celebrity or celebrities. After time expired the team used their bank cards to see if they had found the one special card that would "Break the Bank" which won them a growing jackpot of cash and prizes. The stunt bonus round was eventually replaced and the format changed completely. In the second format, the two couples played the puzzle round for money. The team that solved $2000 worth of puzzles first played a special puzzle round to determine how many bank cards they would take in the vault. Each card was... Written by Brad Francini

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Not as Good as the 1976 Version
23 May 2010 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

When Richard Kline left Barry-Enright Productions to form his own company, Kline & Friends, the first show to hit the airwaves was a revival of Break the Bank. This version was a lot different from the 1976 incarnation that had high ratings, but was canceled after 15 weeks due to ABC expanding their soap operas. Instead of nine celebrities, there were two couples who answered questions to earn seconds in the Prize Vault later in the show. Each answer was a clue to a person, place or thing and the first couple to solve two puzzles won the game and used the accumulated seconds to win prizes and computer cards to help them Break the Bank.

The front game, to me was the best part of the game. It was similar to Password Plus and it involved the home viewer. As for the bonus round, it was too complicated and a lot like a carnival. Some of the stunts included identifying voices by a female impressionist and solving tongue twisters. It just wasn't exciting.

Gene Rayburn was the first host and he wasn't as good as he was on Match Game. He also sounded like he had laryngitis. He was fired after 13 weeks and replaced by Joe Farago, who was a much better host and kept the game moving. Also, the format was changing, eliminating the stunts and concentrating more on the puzzles.

Former Miss USA Julie Hayek also added to the festivities and Michael Hanks did a fine job as the show's announcer. It's a shame that he wasn't used on other game shows. As for this version of a show whose title goes back to radio days, it didn't Break the Bank.

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