Fast-paced quiz show, where contestants were rewarded not only on their ability to answer correctly, but on how many others were also correct on questions in that same category.






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Tom Kennedy ...
 Himself - Host 2 episodes, 1972
Jack Clark ...
 Himself - Announcer 2 episodes, 1972


Fast-moving game show where three contestants, one a returning champion, competed to answer general knowledge questions and win cash. Host Kennedy announced a category (e.g., "Presidential losers") and a question relating to the category ("Everyone remembers the winners in a presidential election, but do you remember who they defeated?"); the players were shown three clues (Harry Truman (1948); Lyndon B.Johnson (1964); and Richard M. Nixon (1968)). All three contestants rang in, the one who rang in first having the first chance to select a clue and provide an answer. If he was right, he won a share of the pot; his/her opponents could answer two or possibly all three questions. Players were rewarded based on their ability to answer $5 each if all three contestants provided one right answer; $10 if two of them were right; and $25 if just one answered all three questions correctly (by the way, the correct answers were, in order, Thomas Dewey, Barry Goldwater and Hubert H. Humphrey). ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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Except for 21 shows - six of which can be seen on You Tube, particularly the 1975 series finale, while all the others are reposing in UCLA's Film and Television Archives - the remaining episodes of "Split Second" are *lost forever,* because ABC "wiped" the tapes around 1976 to use for other programs. (Some of the "Split Second" episodes UCLA has in their library were recorded on a video format that is not compatible with their present playback equipment, and as yet have not been dubbed onto an accessible format.) See more »

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Split Second was a Fast Paced Hit for ABC
19 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

ABC was on a roll in the early 70s with game show hits such as Let's Make a Deal, The Newlywed Game and Password. Then in March of 1972, came a new show from Stefan Hatos and Monty Hall titled Split Second. Split Second turned out to be a fast paced hit for ABC with challenging questions and the right host to handle the lightning quick proceedings in Tom Kennedy. It was a very simple game that home viewers could play along with as they saw the answers on the board.

The bonus round had plenty of drama as the winning contestant tried to start one of the five cars. If it started they left with the car. If it didn't, they returned with a better chance of winning the car.

Unfortunately, the 80s revival, hosted by Hall only lasted one season. It suffered from competition and station clearances. This is a show that should be revived someday. It was a fast pace quiz show with a format that would still work today.

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