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#1 Orpheus

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 04:40 AM

I've often been asked why I don't go on game shows. I tell them "I did, but I'm so old that it was "The 10,000 Slave Pyramid" [1]

What "historical" game show would you (or your ancestors) watch or appear on?

"Meal or No Meal"?
"The Reich is Right?"
"Whose Land is it Anyway?"
"Deal or New Deal"?
"Dancing with the Czars"?
"Win Ben Franklin's Money"?
"Match Game '78"... oh wait, I used to watch that one.

Let's fire up them ol' noodles and amuse me.



[1] In truth, I've been deterred by repeated reports that the casting process has a lot to do with everything BUT how good a contestant you are: Do you blink too much? (Jeopardy's casting directors feel this makes the home audience nervous) Do you smirk before answering, as if the answers are too obvious? Is your normal accent/diction/vocabulary "too educated"? How do you dress/groom?

But I HAVE been on at least one game show (when I was 4, on WPIX in Atlanta) and I was supposed to be on Nova's 20th (25th?) Anniversary Game Show Special, but when they finally settled on a recording date (in LA), it conflicted with one of my med school finals (in Boston). I'm glad I didn't ask for an alternate test. That exam almost killed me as it was. I mistook a preganglionic axon for a postganglionic dendrite .

#2 RJDiogenes

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Posted 29 July 2018 - 04:25 PM

Beat The Sundial.

You Bet Your Life And The Lives Of Your Family And Entire Tribe.

The Gong Show.

Er.... I don't know much about game shows.  :lol:
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#3 D.Rabbit

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 01:33 AM

King Tut's Drag Race?
(That is so wrong on so many levels.)

Napa Valley Imbiber?

Caligula's Love Island? :eek:
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#4 Orpheus

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 02:43 AM

I'm SO DAMN HAPPY someone else remembers "Beat The Clock"! In 20+ years of Hollywood copycat revivals, why haven't they brought that one back?

(actually -- I think the show I'm thinking of was called "Treasue Island". But surely no one who remembers that LA show [dunno if it went national] could possibly have survived to this century)

Then again, I'm told that "To Tell The Truth" would be treason these days.

#5 RJDiogenes

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 05:22 PM

Beat The Clock is actually the only game show that I ever watched on a regular basis. It was on in the evenings on Channel 56 back in the late 60s in the midst of all the other shows I watched.  They probably haven't brought it back because they're afraid modern people would get injured and sue them.

Thought of a couple more, though:

Phylum Pheud.

Hollywood Square Offs.

View PostD.Rabbit, on 30 July 2018 - 01:33 AM, said:

Caligula's Love Island? :eek:  
The Raping and Pillaging Game?
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#6 Virgil Vox

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Posted 30 July 2018 - 08:01 PM

Guess that Witch

Wheel of Torture

So You Think You Can Charleston

Win John Rockefeller's Money

Are You Smarter than President Trump? (Not historical yet but come on).
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#7 D.Rabbit

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 08:28 AM

View PostRJDiogenes, on 30 July 2018 - 05:22 PM, said:



View PostD.Rabbit, on 30 July 2018 - 01:33 AM, said:

Caligula's Love Island? :eek:  
The Raping and Pillaging Game?

He really wasn't too much into pillaging once he took office, more  Raping and Revenge.
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#8 RJDiogenes

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Posted 31 July 2018 - 05:27 PM

The Raping Game sounds better by itself anyway.

Also:

Let's Make A Deal You Can't Refuse.

St. Vitus' Dance Fever.

Queen For A Day, Then Off With Her Head.
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#9 Orpheus

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 01:27 AM

QI (the Chinese Qi, not the English one)

Concentration Camp

Buddhist Idol

The Carbon Dating Game

Name That Tunicate

Hollywood Squires

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Posted 02 August 2018 - 04:17 PM

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