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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Trivia

Two $500 bonuses were added to the main game by 1981. One for if a contestant hits the actual number in a question right on, and one for if a contestant can run his line of cards to the end without freezing or guessing wrong. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Remade as Card Sharks (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Card Sharks--Background Cues
(1986-1989)
Written by Robert Israel (BMI)
Published by TattleTales Music (BMI)
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good show
28 July 2000 | by (Nashville, Tennessee) – See all my reviews

You can't really play along with this game show but it keeps you on the edge of your seat to see what cards are revealed to the contestants and how they do. They had a neat little theme with a cute little rhyme, a few different ones so overall this isn't the best game show but it's a good one.


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