Card Sharks (1978–1989)

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Contestants were asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question, then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card in a sequence was higher or lower.

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In 1978 NBC debuted "Card Sharks" and it features two(2) contestants, one(1) a champion competed. The host read a question asked of 100 people in a certain group (e.g., mothers-to-be, homecoming queens & Congressmen). The questions could be serious, funny, cute ... but were always interesting. The 1st contestant had to predict how many of those 100 people answered a certain way, while his or her opponent had to guess whether the actual figure was higher or lower. The contestant who was correct played a card game based on Acey-Deucey; he or she was shown their base card (they could play it or change it) and had to guess whether the next card was higher or lower than the previous one(1) card. {The Playing Cards ranked from Ace(High) to 2(Low)}. Any incorrect judgment (miscall or mistake) or a duplicate card had the overturned cards except the base card discarded and allowed the opponent a chance at his/her row of cards (no change of the base card allowed); players could "freeze" at any ... Written by Ben Hallums <Benhallums1@aol.com>

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Sometime during the fall of 1986, the CBS and syndicated versions added a second bonus round game in which the contestant could win a car. The game followed the Money Cards, and featured a row of seven playing cards, aligned in a horizontal row. Correctly choosing the card marked "CAR" won the car for a contestant. Contestants got one pick (from winning the game), but could win additional picks by finding a "Joker" during the Money Cards. In 1988, a new car game debuted, in which the contestant had to correctly guess how many of the audience's "special group" of members responded to a question (out of 10 members). Guessing the correct number on the nose won the car, with special cash bonuses for being a certain number off, high-or-low. See more »

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Host: What do you do for a living?
Contestant: I'm a social chemist.
Host: Really? What's a social chemist?
Contestant: Bartender.
[audience laughs]
Contestant: Well, if a garbage man can be a sanitation engineer, I can be a social chemist!
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Version of Card Sharks (1986) See more »

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Card Sharks Theme
(1986-1989)
Written by Robert Israel (BMI)
Published by TattleTales Music (BMI)
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Card Sharks is still a fun watch.
14 September 2006 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

I brought back GSN after seeing them finally scale back on the crap that hurt the network in 2004-05. One of the shows that they have is an old favorite of mine, Card Sharks.

As children of the 80's we'd play the Hi-Lo game part and it was a lot of fun. You could win some big money and the surveys they have were all over the place.

I prefer the Jim Perry version aired at 2:00 P.M. over the Bob Eubanks version at 2:30 P.M. Perry was better suited for this game show, he was a favorite of mine from his days of Definition here in Canada and Sale Of The Century. Eubanks was an excellent host on a raunchy program like The Newlywed Game but he didn't fit in with something like Card Sharks.

While you could win more money and cars in the Eubanks version you only could have three possible cards to use for a card change in the bonus round while you got the whole deck with the Perry version. Both are good but if I had to choose one I'd go with Perry's version. Never saw the Bill Rafferty version, BTW.


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