Scrabble (1984–1990)

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For years, one of America's favorite board games was Scrabble, the Selchow & Righter-marketed game introduced in the 1930s. The game was revised and brought to television in 1984 by Reg ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (5 episodes, 1984-1990)
Charlie Tuna ...
 Himself - Announcer (4 episodes, 1986-1990)


For years, one of America's favorite board games was Scrabble, the Selchow & Righter-marketed game introduced in the 1930s. The game was revised and brought to television in 1984 by Reg Grundy Productions. Two contestants competed in the "crossword" round, played on a giant Scrabble board. Host Woolery announces a letter to build on, announces the number of letters in the word and reads a clue to said word (e.g., a seven letter word; "Experts really know how to pick them"; answer: "pockets"). The contestant chosen to go first draws two numbered tiles from the rack; the rack (positioned between the contestants) contained all the letters in the word, plus three "stoppers," or letters not in the puzzle. The contestant indicates which letter he wants to place in the word; if the letter fits, he/she may either attempt to guess the word or place another letter in the puzzle (the contestant draws two more tiles if he/she still doesn't attempt a guess). If the letter tried is a "stopper" or ... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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It's the Crossword Game You've Played All Your Life, But Never Quite Like This!







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In 1987, the show had a special week where game show hosts played against each other for at home contestants who had sent in postcards. The participants were Tom Kennedy, Peter Tomarken, John Davidson, Bill Rafferty, Jamie Farr, Marc Summers, and Chuck Woolery. Summers sub-hosted when Woolery played. See more »


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Revival or GSN!
21 February 2006 | by (Topeka,Kansas,USA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this show,too,and kind of rue the fact that there aren't more game shows like this(or for that matter,that there are precious and view true "game" shows,as opposed to reality contest shows). Anymore,it seems like when a game show(by the networks' definition) comes out now,it's one of these sort of all-or-nothing,"Let's see how the contestant/sucker reacts when they are left with nothing when they thought they'd be playing for millions!" type show,a la "Greed"(another Chuck Woolery show,from when work was hard-up it seems),"The Weakest Link" or "Deal or No Deal",the last show I have not seen yet,but it seems a lot like a stripped-down version of "Let's Make a Deal",which was not one of my favorites. In short,I wish there were more shows on that rewarded people for their actual skill/knowledge that featured real competition(as much as I enjoy "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire",it falls short of that last standard).

Mr. Woolery hosted this show which was a re-formatting of the "Scrabble" game,where contestants would try to solve board puzzle words,ten words max. The first one to three words solved goes to a "Sprint" round,which matches the winner of the previous round with a previous sprint champion. The format was changed to tournament style around and about season three and the largest take-home winning was around $120,000 or so,which,sadly,seems chintzy by today's gaudy game standards,but still IS quite a bit of money,I must say.

I wish either this show would be revived on network or cable or that the original series(and even the 1993 revival,which lasted a whopping six months!)would be picked up on GSN,or even perhaps both. This show was fun for anyone who likes word games that are a little more challenging than,say,"Wheel of Fortune"(a show I actually quite enjoy,too,BTW).

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