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Split Second 

Fast-paced quiz show, where contestants were rewarded not only on their ability to answer correctly, but on how many others were also correct on questions in that same category.






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Tom Kennedy Tom Kennedy ...  Himself - Host 2 episodes, 1972
Jack Clark Jack Clark ...  Himself - Announcer 2 episodes, 1972


Fast-moving game show where three contestants, one a returning champion, competed to answer general knowledge questions and win cash. Host Kennedy announced a category (e.g., "Presidential losers") and a question relating to the category ("Everyone remembers the winners in a presidential election, but do you remember who they defeated?"); the players were shown three clues (Harry Truman (1948); Lyndon B.Johnson (1964); and Richard M. Nixon (1968)). All three contestants rang in, the one who rang in first having the first chance to select a clue and provide an answer. If he was right, he won a share of the pot; his/her opponents could answer two or possibly all three questions. Players were rewarded based on their ability to answer $5 each if all three contestants provided one right answer; $10 if two of them were right; and $25 if just one answered all three questions correctly (by the way, the correct answers were, in order, Thomas Dewey, Barry Goldwater and Hubert H. Humphrey). ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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20 March 1972 (USA) See more »

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As in the original "Jeopardy", all three contestants on "Split Second" were allowed to keep their cash earnings, but only the winner was allowed to play the bonus round to win a car, returning for the next installment if he or she didn't win the car. See more »

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Great Show
3 October 2006 | by rwagoner-3See all my reviews

This one was one of my favorites, along with the same era's Password and Jeopardy. Tom Kennedy was excellent as host, and the pace of the show was amazing.

I remember well when the show was canceled. ABC was promoting "It's a brand new day on ABC," as they expanded their soap lineup and removed both Split Second and Password from the schedule. On Split Second's last show, they did the normal opening but ended with "... as Split Second splits!."

My understanding is that ABC erased most of the videotapes of this show. The only one I know of that is still floating around is the actual last show... so unless someone finds the old ones in a vault or something else, Game Show Network won't be showing them.

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