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 »




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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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3 January 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

$ale of the Century  »

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Initially, contestants who won the game went to the "Sale of the Century" where they could use their winnings to buy prizes. If the contestant won enough money during their reign, they could buy every prize on stage, plus receive a cash jackpot that started at $50,000 and grew by $1,000 each day not won. Starting in January 1985 (December 1985 on the syndication run), to cut costs, the end game was a prize matching game called "The Winner's Board", where the contestant won whatever prize they ended up matching on a game board. Once the contestant has cleared the whole board (which would take 10 days) would have one final decision: Keep the cash and prizes or risk it all and win one more game. If successful, the contestant keeps the cash and prizes and wins a $50,000 jackpot bonus, but if lost, the contestant forfeits all earned endgame prizes. During the 1987-1988 season, the bonus round was changed once again to the "Winner's Big Money Game", with contestants having to solve four (originally five) puzzles from the clues Jim Perry would read to them. Payoffs for winning the round began at $5,000 on the champ's first day and increased through $10,000 on the sixth day. The seventh attempt was worth a new car, and if it was won, the contestant was allowed to return for an eight day, where winning the endgame was worth $50,000. See more »


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


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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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