Ah, bowling! The sport of the common man. Generally when TV shows portray someone as an everyday working class hero, the writers make him a member of a bowling team. Could result in just references to a team, a singular bowling episode or a chance for a character to be BestedAtBowling. Trope name is a parody of ''Series/BowlingForDollars'', a syndicated American GameShow format of TheSeventies.

Can often produce drama via a 300 scoring 'perfect game'.

Sometimes, a [[OhCanada Canadian]] series will have that country's distinctive five pin variant: five pins with rubber rings around the wide bottom and smaller balls with no finger holes. But neither Canada nor the United States will ''ever'' show any other type of bowling (sorry, candlepin and duckpin lovers).
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!!The following shows have had episodes involving bowling:
* Series/TwentyOneJumpStreet: Hanson is an avid bowler and a member of a bowling league.
* Series/SeventhHeaven: Eric delays telling the family that he needs an open-heart surgery, so he decides the family should go bowling.
* Series/AllInTheFamily
* Series/TheBigBangTheory
* Series/{{Bones}}
* Series/{{Cheers}}: The Cheers gang takes on Gary's in a bowling match.
* Series/DeadLikeMe: George joins Happy Time Temp Agency's bowling team in one episode. There's also the Plague Division of reapers from the extended pilot, which spends its time lawn bowling and intently watching rodents for signs of another epidemic.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Dexter joins a bowling team in Season 2.
** His biological father also became an avid bowler after turning his criminal life around.
* {{Ed}}
* Series/{{Eureka}}: An episode had the show's bowling league playing against that of AreaFiftyOne.
* TheFlintstones
* FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends: And fittingly enough, the episode's name is ''[[PunBasedTitle The Big]] [[TheBigLebowski Lablooski]]''.
* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} 1000 years in the future, bowling seems unchanged.
* Series/TheGoldenGirls
* Series/HappyDays
* WesternAnimation/HeyArnold: Arnold and Gerald form a bowling team for a competitive league in "Coach Wittenburg".
* Series/HomeImprovement
* Series/TheHoneymooners
* WesternAnimation/TheHuckleberryHoundShow
* WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill: In one episode Peggy is afraid to go bowling since her embarrassing shoe size would be displayed on the heel.
* Series/KingOfQueens: Doug and Carrie and their friends Deacon and Kelly are on a bowling team.
* Series/LaverneAndShirley
* WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow
* Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle had one of the best examples of this, with a [[TheRashomon Rashomon]] type episode showing what would happen if Lois took the boys bowling, or if Hal took them instead.
* Series/{{MASH}}: The 4077th takes on a group of Marines in a bowling match.
* Series/MarriedWithChildren
* WesternAnimation/TheMrMenShow: The episode "Games" had a segment where Mr. Grumpy and Mr. Stubborn went bowling.
* WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic: The Cutie Mark Crusaders attempt to get bowling cutie marks at the start of ''The Cutie Pox''. Their success ranged from gutterballs to everyone ducking for cover with ricocheting balls flying about.
* MyWifeAndKids
* Theatre/TheOddCouple
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'': Where Ryan is working when Micheal recruits him for The Micheal Scott Paper Company.
* Offspring. (Australian show. Still counts.)
* Series/ParksAndRecreation: Leslie hosts an appearance at the bowling alley as part of her campaign for city council (and to show up someone who criticized her in a focus group).
** Ron actually bowls a perfect 300 game, but used Tom's childish double handed split leg throw, he refuses any honours.
* WesternAnimation/RegularShow: ''Skips Strikes.'' In typical RS fashion, the game's stakes are taken ridiculously high thanks to Rigby betting the team's souls in a bowling match against [[TheGrimReaper Death]] and his accomplices.
* WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife
* TheRomanHolidays
* WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}
* Series/{{Roseanne}}
* TheSimpsons
* Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody
* Series/That70sShow: S4 Ep11, "The Third Wheel".
* TazMania: "Yet Another Road to Taz-Mania"
* Series/TouchedByAnAngel: "The Perfect Game". Not to be confused with the ''other'' TBAA ep entitled "The Perfect Game", which is a [[GameOfNerds baseball episode]].
* Series/UnitedStatesOfTara
* Series/VeronicaMars: Season three features a painful-if-you've-been-in-this-situation "not a date" bowling episode.
* WaitTillYourFatherGetsHome
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