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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ...  Himself 1 episode, 1980
Mike Adamle Mike Adamle ...  Himself - Co-Host 1 episode, 1980
Christopher Allen Christopher Allen ...  Himself 1 episode, 1980
Erik Estrada ...  Himself 1 episode, 1980
Darren McGavin ...  Himself 1 episode, 1980
Mr. T ...  Himself 1 episode, 1980
Robert Guillaume ...  Himself 1 episode, 1981
Franco Harris Franco Harris ...  Himself 1 episode, 1981
Tim Reid ...  Himself 1 episode, 1981
Willie Stargell Willie Stargell ...  Himself 1 episode, 1981
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A sports/variety show that introduced people to the more unusual side of sports, in some cases spotlighting activities that would later gain in popularity as cable TV brought such sports to a wider audience. Topics ranged from strange sport festivals in other countries, to then- little-known American sports such as monster truck rallies and arm wrestling contests. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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USA

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English

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21 August 1980 (USA) See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Featured in Battle of the Network Stars XIV (1983) See more »

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Mr. T's first TV appearance
23 January 2006 | by michaelm-29See all my reviews

"Games People Play" marked the first time I saw Mr. T (as in Mr. A-Team, Mr. Don't-Do-Drugs, Mr. Stay-in-School, Mr. T). A couple of episodes featured the "World's Toughest Bouncer" competition, in which Mr. T was a contestant. Each competitor would approach a punching bag, give it a good sound swat, say their name, and then proceed to jump over bars and tables in a bar-themed obstacle course. Winning was based on whoever maneuvered the course the quickest. The end of the course was a wood door that they would bust through to ring a bell which stopped their clock. Needless to say, Mr. T smoked the competition. I don't recall if he had a mohawk at that time; I think he wore a bandanna over his head, ala Pirates of the Carribbean. He definitely had the feathered earrings and the attitude.

The only other segments I remember involved a Houdini-type escape artist with a blue-sequined jumpsuit and a receding hairline. In one episode, he shackled himself to a roller-coaster track, only to escape the path of the oncoming cars at the last possible second. Another episode, he locks himself inside a wooden box and must free himself before a stunt car crashes through it.

The only other show in 1980 that held as much tension was "That's Incredible". I was 5-years-old when "Games People Play' aired, but it definitely left an impression.


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