Series: Body Language

Charades Game Show that ran on CBS from 1984-86 with Tom Kennedy as host in which two celebrity/contestant teams acted out a series of words charade-style with one teammate as the actor and the other as guesser.

The correctly-guessed words were then inserted into a sentence on the gameboard, after which the team had a chance to identify what the sentence was describing for some cash. $500 won the game and the right to play the bonus round.

Game Show Tropes in use:

  • Bonus Round: Guess up to ten words for $100 each, then three more words for ten times that amount (up to $10,000).
  • Consolation Prize
  • Game Show Winnings Cap: Contestants originally stayed on until they lost once; in September 1984, this was altered to have players stay on until they lost twice.
  • Golden Snitch: The first two rounds were worth $100 each, while the next two rounds were $250 each. As $500 was needed to win, the two $100 rounds had absolutely no bearing on the game.
  • Home Game: Averted in the case of the show itself, although it was partially based on one, released in 1975 with Lucille Ball on the cover and also called Body Language. Notably, it was created by Dr. Cody Sweet, who was the first platform speaker on nonverbal communication. (Contrary to popular belief, this board game has no connection with Body Language's precursor, Showoffs, though the series and board game both came out in the same year.)
  • Personnel:
    • The Announcer: Johnny Olson, in his last series. After his death in late 1985, Gene Wood took over for the rest of the run.
    • Game Show Host: Tom Kennedy, one of the most prolific in the genre.
    • Studio Audience: Possibly averted. In the Johnny Olson incident under the YMMV tab, he was shown on-camera in front of what were obviously vacant seats.
  • Promotional Consideration

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