Sale of the Century (1983–1989)

TV Series  |   |  Family, Game-Show
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 80 users  
Reviews: 2 user

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 »

0Check in

The 25 Most Immersive Worlds in Cinema

Highly immersive cinematic worlds can carry a movie, and we've rounded up the best of the best.

See the full list

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 3739 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 200 titles
created 2 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Sale of the Century (1983–1989)

Sale of the Century (1983–1989) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Sale of the Century.




1989   1983  
2 nominations. See more awards »


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 <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

non fiction | See All (1) »


Family | Game-Show





Release Date:

3 January 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

$ale of the Century  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


See  »

Did You Know?


The main game used to end with an anti-climatic three final questions. Eventually it was changed to a 60 second speed round in order to bring more suspense to the outcome. See more »


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

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 »


Referenced in Big Bucks: The Press Your Luck Scandal (2003) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fun game show
6 August 2008 | by (Chantilly, Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this show when I was a little girl. First off, I must say that it was a fun game show. Also, I don't think I've seen every episode. However, if you ask me, it was still a good show. I remember the show very vaguely. In addition, it was fun to play along and watch. I hope some network brings it back so I can play along and watch again. If that happens, I will be really happy. Before I wrap this up, I'd like to say that I'll always remember this show in my memory forever, even though I haven't seen every episode. Now, in conclusion, if some network ever brings it back, I hope that you catch it one day before it goes off the air for good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
'Sale of the Century' is back!!! jill19
Discuss Sale of the Century (1983) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: