Three female contestants one a champion competed. The champion was given two minutes and ran after her two opponents. Those two opponents were given one minute of base time and earned additional running time by answering a series of product-related questions (e.g., "What brand of soup uses the jingle, 'MMM, MMM, good?'" Answer Campbell's). When running around the supermarket selecting items, a maximum of five of a given item was counted toward the final score (e.g., five canned vegetables or five frozen waffles). Fleet-footed aides usually the produce boys at the supermarket where the show was taped that day helped load the shopping carts as each contestant scurried down the aisles. The contestant having the highest dollar value of groceries at the end of the show won her take and returned to compete the next day. Written by
Brian Rathjen <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'm giving SS a favorable review - I only saw it a few times - people ran around a grocery store hoping to have the biggest take at the checkout.
In 1966, Rochester, NY had one of the worst blizzards in history. Schools were closed - in fact, some kids couldn't even get home from school and spent the night. The whole city was in lockdown.
This meant all of us were home, including my dad. I fondly remember watching Supermarket Sweep every day the schools were closed, with my father yelling at the TV, "Go for the meat!" It was fun, but if you asked my dad for his happiest memories, that would be on the list - the chance to stay home and enjoy his family. When I saw "The Nanny" episode where they were all stuck in the nanny's mother's apartment watching Wheel of Fortune, and realizing how much they were going to miss it, I thought of that time.
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