Two contestants, each with a celebrity partner, must guess words from their partners' clues; then the roles are reversed. Winners face the pyramid.
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The Object of the game is simple to get to the top of the Pyramid (aka "The Winner's Circle") in the shortest time possible. But to do so, contestants must face celebrities (goes back and forth) by naming as many answers (8 things from 1973 to 1974 & 7 from 1974 to 1992) in a particular category (subject) within 30 seconds. If a contestant (the winner) wins the game and they get the right to go to the Winner's Circle to try winning the grand cash prize and in which throughout the series has ranged from $2500 to $100,000 in 60 Seconds (1 Minute) after they fail to do so, "The Cash Blocks: has ranged from 1973 to 1992 from $50 to $300 are too can be collected. The 2 Greatest popular incarnations of the series are "The $50,000 & $100,000 Pyramids", where 3 or Greatest Top Winners who've been gone on top of the pyramid in the shortest amount of time return for The Tournament and in which the grand cash prizes are in 1981, It's Worth $50,000 and from 1985 to 1992, It's Worth $100,000. Written by Ben Hallums<benhallums1@hotmail.com>

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On Monday-Friday January 19-23, 1976 saw the ABC-TV Daytime Game Show has renamed "THE $20,000 PYRAMID" with it's very slightly revised cash prize and the new game winning structure. The 1st celebrity guests on the retitled daytime game show are Jo Anne Worley & Bill Cullen on the same time slot at 2:00-2:30PM (Eastern) and on Monday-Friday January 16-20, 1978 "THE $20,000 PYRAMID" moves to 12NOON-12:30 PM (Eastern) and unfortunately the certain number of ABC-TV Network Stations (except ABC 7 Stations are still owned by the network) has local news stations to fill in this show and it's hard to see it and on June 27, 1980 and the last celebrity guest stars are Miss Lois Nettleton & Mr. Bill Cullen and ABC-TV Cancel the Show Anyway. See more »

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Host: For $2500/5000/10,000/15,000/20,000/25,000/50,000/100,000... here is your first subject... GO!
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Very easily one of the greatest game shows of all time
23 June 2003 | by (Tennessee) – See all my reviews

My earliest memory of seeing this dynamic game show were when I was a child and saw the $20,000 version on ABC. I've always thought of it as being one of my personal favorite game shows ever made because it was always filled with such fun and excitement. I always thought that Dick Clark did such a dynamic job as the host and I also liked seeing the clips before the show of people making it to the top of the pyramid and winning the big money. My personal opinion is that this is one game show that should never have been cancelled.


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