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->''"One piece of pie is delicious. Fourteen pieces are obviously nauseating."''
-->-Barris, in a ''Magazine/TVGuide'' article on the overloading of {{Game Show}}s.

Sometimes-controversial GameShow producer whose work was mostly pastiches of the genre.
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!!Shows produced by Barris include:
* ''TheDatingGame'' (1965-74, 1978-80, 1986-89)
* ''TheNewlywedGame'' (1966-74, 1977-80, 1984, 1985-89; actually created by [[SuperPayCards Nicholson-Muir Productions]])
* ''Dream Girl of '67'' (1966-67)
* ''The Family Game'' (1967)
* ''How's Your Mother-in-Law?'' (1967-68)
* ''The Game Game'' (1969-70)
* ''The Parent Game'' (1972-73)
* ''[[TreasureHuntUS (The New) Treasure Hunt]]'' (1973-77, 1981-82; revival of a 1956-59 game hosted and produced by Jan Murray)
* ''TheGongShow'' (1976-80, 1988-89)
* ''The $1.98 Beauty Show'' (1978-80)
* ''Three's a Crowd'' (1979-80)
* ''Camouflage'' (1980; revival of a 1961-62 game by Jerry Hamer Productions)
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!!Also wrote the following books:
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[[folder:''Confessions of A Dangerous Mind'']]
An alleged autobiography in which Barris claimed he was using his work as a GameShow producer to hide his activities as an assassin for the U.S. [[{{CIA}} Central Intelligence Agency]]. This was a brilliant claim on Barris' part as, while the CIA requires all of its employees to sign an agreement never to publish anything without getting Agency approval, if they actually tried to enforce the agreement they'd be admitting that they engaged in assassinations (violating a presidential directive). So when the CIA reportedly admitted that Barris has never worked for the Agency, it probably wasn't believed.

His autobiography was the subject of the directorial debut from GeorgeClooney, which starred SamRockwell as Barris and was adapted by Creator/CharlieKaufman.
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[[folder:''The Big Question'']]
A novel set in 2012 where Barris (now old, crippled, penniless, and long since forgotten) shares his last great idea with a young producer: ''The Death Game'', a big-money quiz where contestants compete to determine a winner who is then asked a single (impossible) question for big money (if correct) or [[SnuffFilm death by poison]] (if incorrect). The young man likes the idea so much that, after Barris turns down a deal, he contacts his mob friends and has the cripple buried alive; the show is renamed ''The Big Question'', with its debut night contestants being the many characters the book has been following between the portions about the show.

Airing live on Creator/{{NBC}}, rigged to hell and back without the contestants' knowledge, and hosted by [[GameShowHost a stereotypical "all-smiles" emcee]], ''The Big Question'' is billed as the next big thing and most of America is glued to their screens. The big "winner", a sweet old lady named Vera Bundle who was just beginning to experience life, gets the final question wrong (as the producer planned) and is killed, but not before giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the doctor administering the poison a doctor who then shoves the poison down Vera's throat.

Following that, a massive outcry begins against the show and NBC, causing ''The Big Question'' to be canned after three episodes making it not the next big thing, but rather the next ''100 Grand''.
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->''"One piece of pie is delicious. Fourteen pieces are obviously nauseating."''
-->-Barris, in a ''Magazine/TVGuide'' article on the overloading of {{Game Show}}s.

Sometimes-controversial GameShow producer whose work was mostly pastiches of the genre.
----
!!Shows produced by Barris include:
* ''TheDatingGame'' (1965-74, 1978-80, 1986-89)
* ''TheNewlywedGame'' (1966-74, 1977-80, 1984, 1985-89; actually created by [[SuperPayCards Nicholson-Muir Productions]])
* ''Dream Girl of '67'' (1966-67)
* ''The Family Game'' (1967)
* ''How's Your Mother-in-Law?'' (1967-68)
* ''The Game Game'' (1969-70)
* ''The Parent Game'' (1972-73)
* ''[[TreasureHuntUS (The New) Treasure Hunt]]'' (1973-77, 1981-82; revival of a 1956-59 game hosted and produced by Jan Murray)
* ''TheGongShow'' (1976-80, 1988-89)
* ''The $1.98 Beauty Show'' (1978-80)
* ''Three's a Crowd'' (1979-80)
* ''Camouflage'' (1980; revival of a 1961-62 game by Jerry Hamer Productions)
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!!Also wrote the following books:
[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:''Confessions of A Dangerous Mind'']]
An alleged autobiography in which Barris claimed he was using his work as a GameShow producer to hide his activities as an assassin for the U.S. [[{{CIA}} Central Intelligence Agency]]. This was a brilliant claim on Barris' part as, while the CIA requires all of its employees to sign an agreement never to publish anything without getting Agency approval, if they actually tried to enforce the agreement they'd be admitting that they engaged in assassinations (violating a presidential directive). So when the CIA reportedly admitted that Barris has never worked for the Agency, it probably wasn't believed.

His autobiography was the subject of the directorial debut from GeorgeClooney, which starred SamRockwell as Barris and was adapted by Creator/CharlieKaufman.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:''The Big Question'']]
A novel set in 2012 where Barris (now old, crippled, penniless, and long since forgotten) shares his last great idea with a young producer: ''The Death Game'', a big-money quiz where contestants compete to determine a winner who is then asked a single (impossible) question for big money (if correct) or [[SnuffFilm death by poison]] (if incorrect). The young man likes the idea so much that, after Barris turns down a deal, he contacts his mob friends and has the cripple buried alive; the show is renamed ''The Big Question'', with its debut night contestants being the many characters the book has been following between the portions about the show.

Airing live on Creator/{{NBC}}, rigged to hell and back without the contestants' knowledge, and hosted by [[GameShowHost a stereotypical "all-smiles" emcee]], ''The Big Question'' is billed as the next big thing and most of America is glued to their screens. The big "winner", a sweet old lady named Vera Bundle who was just beginning to experience life, gets the final question wrong (as the producer planned) and is killed, but not before giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the doctor administering the poison a doctor who then shoves the poison down Vera's throat.

Following that, a massive outcry begins against the show and NBC, causing ''The Big Question'' to be canned after three episodes making it not the next big thing, but rather the next ''100 Grand''.
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