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.
- 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: One was released with Lucille Ball on the cover in 1975, although the format was closer to that used by its precursor Showoffs (see the YMMV tab).
- 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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