Remote Control (1987–1990)

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A hip, happening game show where the contestants (almost always young college students) get to try their hand at answering TV related trivia questions. Featured unusual methods of asking ... See full summary »

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1989   1988   1987  
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Series cast summary:
Ken Ober ...
 Himself - Host (9 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Announcer / ... (9 episodes, 1987-1989)
Steve Treccase ...
 Himself - House Musician / ... (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
Craig Vandenburgh ...
 Various Roles / ... (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
John Ten Eyck ...
 Various Roles / ... (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
Jill Helene ...
 Ken's Childhood Sweetheart - Opening Sequence (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
 Various Roles (3 episodes, 1988)
 Herself (2 episodes, 1988)
Rick Rosner ...
 Cow Holder / ... (2 episodes, 1988)


A hip, happening game show where the contestants (almost always young college students) get to try their hand at answering TV related trivia questions. Featured unusual methods of asking the questions (including having people act out skits). Written by Afterburner <>

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7 December 1987 (USA)  »

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The show is most remembered for the way they disposed of losing contestants. First of all, the contestants were all seated in recliners. If you lost, your chair would be pulled back through a trick wall or your chair would be lifted up and back. See more »


Co-Host: [show intro] It's his basement, it's his rules, it's his game show. The quizmaster of 72 Whooping Cough Lane, Ken Ober!
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Spin-off Remote Control (1990) See more »

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MTV's First Game Show a Fun and Campy Success
5 November 2009 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

I remember watching the first game show ever aired on MTV, Remote Control and thought it was a fun and campy show. The show, hosted by "The Quizmaster of 72 Whooping Cough Lane", Ken Ober, featured three college student contestants who answered TV trivia questions in categories such as "Dead or Canadian", "What's Their Line" and "Brady Physics". There were also some offbeat categories that featured such as "The Laughing Guy", who laughed the words to TV theme songs, "Wheel of Torture", "You Laugh, You Lose" and my favorite "Sing Along With Colin", where contestants had to sing the next line to a badly sung song by the show's off-key announcer, Colin Quinn.

Also taking part in the fun was a young Adam Sandler who portrayed the "Trivia Delinquent." Ober had several female assistants throughout the show's run.

I also remember the bonus round where the winning contestants were strapped in a Craftmatic adjustable bed and had to identify nine music videos in 30 seconds. When Remote Control aired in syndication, the winner was strapped to the "Wheel of Jeopardy" where they won a prize that corresponded to the space the wheel stopped on.

Remote Control was a memorable and funny show that should be rerun someday. Get ready for a snack break.

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