Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.
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Jim Perry ...
 Himself - Host (200 episodes, 1978-1981)
Gene Wood ...
 Himself - Announcer (199 episodes, 1978-1979)

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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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(1709 episodes)

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On the NBC version, each time a player freezes their own position, the player's bracket or freeze bar connected to his/her name electronically moved by itself. Sometimes, the freeze bar is broken and when that happened, a handheld freeze bar was placed on the new base card. On the CBS version, manual freeze bars were maneuvered. 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 Play Your Cards Right (1984) See more »

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Card Sharks Theme
(1978-1981)
Previously used as theme from Double Dare (1976)
Written by Edd Kalehoff (BMI)
Performed by Edd Kalehoff & The Score Production Band
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Card Sharks is still a fun watch.
14 September 2006 | by 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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