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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7 November 2007 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

The Moneymaze was perhaps the oddest of all games ever aired. The host of the program was Nick Clooney (who is now - at least in show business circles - best known as the father of George), and they taped it at New York's ABC studios on 66th Street on a massive sound stage. The "star" of the show was in fact the large maze constructed, with multiple square "towers" scattered in various parts of the maze, each with a button on all four sides of them and bright racer lights at the top which could flicker and flash to signify which tower was in play for that round and to show that a contestant successfully got the prize. The studio audience was situated around the sides and back of the maze, above it in bleachers.

The game was played with two teams of two people, (a married couple I believe in every case), and they would answer a series of simple questions to qualify for a chance to go into the maze. Once one team qualified to play for a prize, one of the players went down to the maze, while the other went into "The Crow's Nest," where they could overlook the entire maze and shout out instructions for their partner to get to the tower with the prize and hit the correct button to win.

The big winner of that day's program got to play for a ten thousand dollar bonus. By placing the digits 1, 0, 0, 0 and 0 on various towers within the maze, a team had sixty seconds to go in, get all five numbers and get out of the maze, hitting one final button at the exit to win before the time ran out. They could also win 1000, 100, 10 or 1 dollar, if that was all the zeros they managed to get. One pair managed to get all four zeros, but not the 1, so they ended up with no bonus at all.

Many critics at the time compared this to some lab experiment, as the contestants ran like rats for cheese on the show and it was suggested by many that television had hit a new low with such a display. And apparently production costs to maintain the maze were the highest of any program of its time. The maze had to be constantly changed and that took time, effort and a team of stagehands to do it.

Though it recalled other programs like "Beat The Clock," and may have paved the way for ABC's prime time stunt game, "Almost Anything Goes," The Moneymaze with its skyrocketing production costs and bad reviews only limped along for a season before getting canceled.


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