Blockbusters (1980–1982)

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Game show which sought to resolve the question, "Are two heads better than one?" A single contestant competed against a team of two (related in some way but not married) to answer general ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (3 episodes, 1980-1982)
Bob Hilton ...
 Himself - Announcer (2 episodes, 1980-1981)


Game show which sought to resolve the question, "Are two heads better than one?" A single contestant competed against a team of two (related in some way but not married) to answer general knowledge questions, which allowed them to claim hexagonal boxes on a large five-by-four game board if they answered correctly. Each box had a different letter of the alphabet on it, and each question had a one-word answer beginning with whichever letter was selected by a player. The single contestant had to complete a vertical path on the board to win (a minimum of four red boxes), while the two-person team had to finish a horizontal path on the board (a minimum of five white boxes). Oftentimes, more than the minimum number of boxes were required to win a game. The first team to win a two-out-of-three-game match became the champion and played the "Gold Rush" for a chance to win $5,000 in cash. The same game board was used only with each box having one letter or as much as five initials to a phrase, ... Written by Anonymous

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When the show's game winning limit was extended to twenty games, the most money anyone could win was $120,000. One family pair (Pat McCarthy and her daughter Liz) and one solo player (John Hatten) were the only contestants to win that much money. See more »


[opening spiel]
Bob Hilton: This is the battlefield for our game of speed and strategy! These are the letters which lead to victory on...Blockbusters! And here's the star of Blockbusters, Bill Cullen!
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Remade as Blockbusters (1983) See more »

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A fun game show
20 February 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wasn't a bad game show. It was this game show, that got veteran game show host, Bill Cullen, his first and only emmy award, and he was great in this, too.

The concept of this puzzle game was great and original. I would recommend this to any game show fan. I hope they will make a modern update of Blockbusters.

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