Sale of the Century (1983–1989)

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Updated version of the 1969-1974 NBC game show. Three contestants competed to answer trivia questions, with scoring in dollars. The game was interrupted at certain intervals for Instant ... See full summary »

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1989   1983  
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Series cast summary:
Jim Perry ...
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1983-1989)
 Model (2 episodes, 1983-1989)


Updated version of the 1969-1974 NBC game show. Three contestants competed to answer trivia questions, with scoring in dollars. The game was interrupted at certain intervals for Instant Bargains, which allowed the player in the lead to buy a prize at a discounted prize (e.g., a $795 stereo color TV for $6), always at the risk of later losing the game; and a new feature, the "Fame Game," where the host read first-person clues leading to the identity of a person, place, thing, etc., with the winner having a chance to earn cash, a bonus prize or add to his score with the choice of one of nine numbers. The player with the highest score could elect to use his score money to buy specially-discounted luxury items (e.g., a $4,500 diamond-studded Swiss watch for $120), or accumulate his score money by winning future games and having access to either a luxury car, an escalating jackpot which began at $50,000 and increased by $1,000 per show until won, or everything on stage. Later in the show's... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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3 January 1983 (USA)  »

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The third Instant Bargain became an "Instant Cash" round later in the show's run. The player in the lead could go have a chance at a cash jackpot that started at $1000 and increased by $1000 every time it either was not picked or no one went for it. It often was not gone for due to the fact if one player was in the lead, the cost to go for it was the full amount of that person's lead, and you had to pick between three boxes (the other two had $100 in it). However, if two or all three players were in the lead, Jim made the cost to go for it more reasonable, and often someone would jump at the chance. See more »


Announcer: Describing a watch on the last episode: It also tells time...
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Crazy Credits

During the end credits of the final episode, there are some shots of the control room. As the Reg Grundy logo appears, the director does a final countdown until the end of the program. See more »


Version of Hopp oder Top (1990) See more »

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GREAT game show
30 October 2002 | by (Marietta, OH) – See all my reviews

Of all the game shows I've seen in my life, this one was always one of my favorites. I used to watch it on TV a lot when I was around 6 or 7 years old and then came the reruns on USA when I was 13. I think my favorite part of the show was the speed round. I really wish this show would come back on in America, and if it did, I think Louie Anderson or "Mad TV" alum Phil LaMarr would be a good host.

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