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The $10,000 Pyramid 

Two contestants, each with a celebrity partner, must guess words from their partners' clues; then the roles are reversed. Winners face the pyramid.



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Series cast summary:
Dick Clark ...  Self - Host 3,270 episodes, 1973-1988


The Object of the game is simple to get to the top of the Pyramid (aka "The Winner's Circle") in the shortest time possible. But to do so, contestants must face celebrities (goes back and forth) by naming as many answers (8 things from 1973 to 1974 & 7 from 1974 to 1992) in a particular category (subject) within 30 seconds. If a contestant (the winner) wins the game and they get the right to go to the Winner's Circle to try winning the grand cash prize and in which throughout the series has ranged from $2500 to $100,000 in 60 Seconds (1 Minute) after they fail to do so, "The Cash Blocks: has ranged from 1973 to 1992 from $50 to $300 are too can be collected. The 2 Greatest popular incarnations of the series are "The $50,000 & $100,000 Pyramids", where 3 or Greatest Top Winners who've been gone on top of the pyramid in the shortest amount of time return for The Tournament and in which the grand cash prizes are in 1981, It's Worth $50,000 and from 1985 to 1992, It's Worth $100,000. Written by Ben Hallums<benhallums1@hotmail.com>

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According to Dick Clark in the episode that aired on Memorial Day (1988) (at :22) the same studio where they film/tape "THE $10,000, $25,000 & $100,000 PYRAMIDS" is/are where "All in the Family," "The Carol Burnett Show" and Dinah Shore's "Dinah!" were/are all filmed/taped at CBS TELEVISION CITY- STUDIOS 31 & 33 (aka THE BOB BARKER STUDIO.)

Nathan Cook & Shelley Smith were/are the celebrity guest stars during the game which apparently aired on Tuesday May 31 (Memorial Day,) 1988 on CBS-TV. Just days before this/that Nathan Cook died. Contestants were/are returning champ/winner Caroline and rival Sherri and the Prize of The "MYSTERY 7" was/is an (analog) home computer. See more »


[last lines]
Host: For now, Dick Clark.
Host: So long.
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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Josh Hutcherson/HAIM (2013) See more »


Tuning Up
Main Title Theme
by Ken Aldin
Performed by Bob Cobert
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Back when it was better...
12 August 2018 | by aeowen-03398See all my reviews

...I used to love watching this while on summer vacation, always waiting for my favorite actress to star, Loretta Swit. But that wasn't the only reason.

Back then, the game was much more suspenseful and unpredictable. The music was much more hip (especially from 1973 to 1976), and Dick Clark the greatest host. Non-scripted and unrehearsed.

The show jumped the shark when it jumped to $100,000 - and then really got so unfunny and almost predictable when Donny Osmond hosted, much like Louie Anderson and Steve Harvey have done to Family Feud.

The only reason I give this an 8 of 10 is because Bill Cullen brought no excitement like Clark did. Having nothing against Cullen, it was just too wild with Clark.

To bring this back again...

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Release Date:

26 March 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The $20,000 Pyramid See more »

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Mono (1973-1987)| Stereo (1987-2004)| SDDS (2012-Present)


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