Contestants answered questions and then, from their positions overlooking a giant maze, guided their partners through the maze toward a target. The faster the completion, the bigger the prize.
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Contestants answered questions and then, from their positions overlooking a giant maze, guided their partners through the maze toward a target. The faster the completion, the bigger the prize.

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Only two episodes of this series were preserved. One of these is the pilot, and the other is a 1975 episode that had been taped on an early VCR by Andy Warhol (an eccentric artist who recorded several shows at the time for his private collection), and is now held by the Paley Center for Media. See more »

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A Good Idea Comes Up Short
4 June 2009 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

I remember watching The Money Maze and it looked like a pretty good idea with contestants running around a maze for cash and prizes. It was also the first and only game show that Nick Clooney hosted. Yes, he's the brother of singer Rosemary and father of superstar actor George. The Cincinnati newscaster who later turned up on TCM and American Life TV did a really good job as host. I remember him singing at the start of each show later in the run "Life's a chance. A happenstance. Come with me and wander free. Try my way and you'll be on top. All the time." I'll always remember his line after each game "You're going to the maze!"

As for the game itself, it was a very simple Q&A game played by two couples with the winner of each round going to the maze for a prize. The couple with the highest score at the end of the game got to go to the "$10,000 Dash" where one player had to find the 1 to win anything.

Unfortunately, The Money Maze was hampered by clearance problems with a number of ABC affiliates (including the station in Minneapolis-St. Paul) blacking out or delaying the show. It also suffered from high production costs, especially for setting up and tearing down the maze after each taping. But it was a good idea that came up short.

I'll conclude by also mentioning that it was also the first game show for announcer Alan Kalter, who later went on to success replacing Bill Wendell on The Late Show with David Letterman.


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