A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize ... See full summary »
A long-running quiz show hosted by TV veteran Jack Barry, and later by Bill Cullen. In this show, contestants would have to answer questions on a wide variety of topics, with the prize money determined by a slot machine-style device. The winning contestant could then move on to a bonus round, where they would play a slot machine for a chance at even bigger prizes, but with the risk of losing everything. Written by
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Two black and white pilots were made, in 1968 and in 1969 with Allen Ludden as host. "The Joker's Wild" debuted at 10:00 (EST), Monday morning, September 4, 1972 on CBS Television - the same Labor Day which saw the dawning of Las Vegas Gambit (1972) and The Price Is Right (1972). See more »
From Television City in Hollywood, here's the game where Knowledge Is King and Lady Luck Is Queen! It's "The Joker's Wild"! And now, here is the host of our show, JACK BARRY!
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"Thank you. Thank you very much, and a most cordially welcome to a brand-new and, we hope, very exciting show for you. It's called 'The Joker's Wild.' It's a show where Knowledge Is King and Lady Luck Is Queen, and where winning players can win up to $25,000 in cash and prizes!" Those were the first lines ever spoken by Jack Barry on the network daytime premeire of "The Joker's Wild", which occurred @ 10:00 (EST), Monday morning, September 4, 1972 on CBS Television (just before Goodson-Todman's "The [New] Price Is Right" and Heatter-Quigley's "Gambit"!). And, for the first time since their original airing, Game Show Network has managed to unearth more episodes of its pioneering CBS Daytime run (Sept. 4, 1972 - June 13, 1975; 636 episodes) for endless repeats, starting with PREMEIRE WEEK on Monday, December 4! I was so enthused, I taped the CBS series premeire TWICE! It was interesting to see the evolution of "The Joker's Wild" in its initial CBS heyday before it would gain even more fame in its 1977-1986 syndicated run. Until recently, only the final CBS season of TJW (1974-1975) was assumed to exist, with the first 2 years erased by CBS for reuse. But now, the earliest shows has been recently uncovered, much to my amazement. I was always curious and anxious about seeing this version, and had serious doubts about the destruction of all of the first 2 seasons (I'd hoped a surviving CBS "Joker" episode from '72 or '73 might show up on GSN's "Game Of The Week"!), having read about it umpteen times in books and on The 'Net; I've never seen the original network edition of TJW (I was but a wee waif when it started), but, thanks to GSN, my doubts were confirmed, and I finally get my chance! Kudos to The Eye Network for preserving "The Joker's Wild" in its archives! This is a GOOD show, playing every Monday-Friday @ 11 AM EST and 3 PM EST on GSN, and very essential for game show enthusiasts like me who are getting a taste of it for the first time. Please watch!
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