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

Charles Hirsch "Chuck" Barris (June 3, 1929 March 21, 2017) was a sometimes-controversial GameShow producer whose work was mostly pastiches of the genre. His library of shows is currently owned by Creator/SonyPicturesTelevision (via their acquisition of Guber/Peters in the early 1990s; they had bought Barris' company in 1989).

1929-2017. Requiescat In Pace, Chuck...
!!Shows produced by Barris include:
* ''People Pickers'' (unsold 1965 pilot)
* ''Series/TheDatingGame'' (1965-74, 1978-80, 1986-89)
* ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'' (1966-74, 1977-80, 1984, 1985-89; actually created by [[Series/SuperPayCards Nicholson-Muir Productions]])
* ''Dream Girl of '67'' (1966-67)
* ''The Family Game'' (1967; also an unsold 1986 pilot hosted by Jeff [=MacGregor=]; later revived in a sense by Creator/JayWolpert as ''Series/WaitTilYouHaveKids'' for [[Creator/ABCFamily The Family Channel]])
* ''How's Your Mother-in-Law?'' (1967-68)
* ''National Celebrity Test'' (1968; unsold pilot hosted by Regis Philbin)
* ''The Game Game'' (1969-70)
* ''Cop Out!'' ([[http://www.usgameshows.net/x.php?show=CopOut September 1972]]; at least two pilots)
* ''The Parent Game'' (1972-73; began as a 1969 pilot hosted by Clark Race for NBC)
* ''[[Series/TreasureHuntUS (The New) Treasure Hunt]]'' (1973-77, 1981-82; revival of a 1956-59 game hosted and produced by Jan Murray, began as a 1972 pilot with a very different set and the Q&A of the 1950s version)
* ''Series/TheGongShow'' (1976-80, 1988-89; began as a 1975 pilot hosted by Gary Owens with a four-celebrity panel)
* ''The $1.98 Beauty Show'' (1978-80)
* ''3's a Crowd'' (1979-80; began as a 1969 pilot hosted by Wink Martindale, followed by two pilots in December 1978 and a third in 1979)
* ''Camouflage'' (1980; revival of a 1961-62 game by Jerry Hamer Productions)
* ''Dollar A Second'' ([[http://www.usgameshows.net/x.php?show=DollarASecond February 7, 1981]]; unsold revival of a 1950s game hosted by Jan Murray)
* ''Comedy Courtroom'' (1980s unsold pilot hosted by Barris)
* ''Bamboozle'' ([[http://www.usgameshows.net/x.php?show=Bamboozle early 1986]]; unsold Creator/{{ABC}} pilot hosted by Bob Hilton)

Under the Guber/Peters name, they created the following shows and pilots:
* ''The Quiz Kids Challenge'' (1990-91; loose revival of the 1940s-50s ''Quiz Kids'' series)
* ''Series/{{Countdown}}'' ([[http://www.usgameshows.net/x.php?show=Countdown1990&sort=0 unsold 1990 pilot]], based off the British game show)
!!Also wrote the following books:

[[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 said that Barris has never worked for the Agency, it probably wasn't believed.

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

[[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 [[TheNameless 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 [[DeadlyGame 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 producer, Barris, and the show.

Airing live on Creator/{{NBC}}, pretty much 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 "winner", a sweet old lady named Vera Bundle who was just beginning to experience life again, gets the final question wrong (as the producer had planned). Shortly afterward, Vera gives a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the doctor administering the poison - after which the doctor forces the poison down her throat; Vera dies soon afterward.

A massive outcry begins against the show and NBC, presumably because almost nobody knew about the whole "death" element. While ''The Big Question'' manages to stay on the air despite this, it eventually gets canned after just three episodes,