Game Show produced by Don Lipp and Ron Greenberg for ABC from 1974-75 and hosted by Jim Peck, in which three contestants answered questions to achieve a "Payoff Point" for a cash award ($25, $50, $75, $100, or $500).The contestant in control after a one-point tossup chose one of six categories for a tossup question worth that many points. The main strategy was that the Payoff Point had to be met exactly, and any contestant whose score would cause them to exceed it with the chosen question could not participate in it. Following the second Payoff Point, six new categories were introduced. This round ended with a 90-second Speed Round, during which every Payoff Point following the current one was worth $100; once time expired, the contestant in third place was eliminated.The two remaining contestants played Final Showdown for a Payoff Point of 7, which awarded $250. Three categories were played with point values being from 1-3. First to reach the Payoff Point became champion and played the bonus round.In the Bonus Round, the champion rolled standard dice with the sixes replaced by "Show" and "Down" to set a Payoff Point, then rolled many more pairs for 30 seconds; $250 was awarded each time the Payoff Point was hit, with $5,000 for Show-Down...but if the contestant rolled Show-Down instead of setting a Payoff Point, s/he won $10,000. If time expired, the contestant received five seconds for each Payoff Point they hit to continue rolling for the $5,000.Showdown debuted on December 23, 1974 (as did its sister show The Money Maze) and lasted a mere six months against NBC's popular series The Doctors, ending on July 4, 1975. Despite its scarcity and obscurity, it is a cult classic revered by those who have seen it.
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