"This is the television game in which daring determines the fate of the player! This is the game of strategy, knowledge and daring! This is Bullseye!"Game Show
created by Jack Barry
's production company, starring Jim Lange, which ran in daily syndication from 1980 to 1982. Contestants answered questions in Contracts by stopping a trio of windows; the first two were categories and dollar amounts, while the third determined the number of questions (one to five) in the Contract.
The first player to bank $1,000 (increased to $2,000 in November or December 1980) became champion and went to Bonus Island, spinning the windows to accumulate cash. The object was to spin three Bullseyes (which awarded a prize package and doubled the Pot) before seeing Lightning.
The show plowed along for its first year-plus at a respectable pace, but on December 7, 1981, the contestants were ditched in favor of celebrities playing for charity. The show ended just under seven months later.
- All or Nothing: You didn't win anything you accumulated in the Pot unless you decided to move it to your Bank upon the successful completion of a Contract, which also forfeited your turn.
- Bonus Round: Bonus Island, where a contestant could win quite a bit of money and prizes. The player could win the prizes by either surviving 10 (later 7) spins without getting three Bullseyes or the Lightning (also awarded $5,000 cash), or by getting three Bullseyes (also awarded double the money in the pot, or $10,000 for doing it on the first spin).
- Bonus Space: If a Bullseye appeared instead of a number in the Contract Window during the main game, the contestant could continue to answer questions for as long as s/he wished until voluntarily stopping or failing to answer correctly.
- Consolation Prize
- Let's Just See What WOULD Have Happened: Usually done if a contestant stopped during Bonus Island.
- Product Placement
- Promotional Consideration
- Whammy: Lightning, used only at Bonus Island. Could be averted if the window containing the Lightning was frozen as a Bullseye, although the contestant didn't know whether this had happened until after the game ended.
- If the contestant won or stopped the Bonus Round, "information" was spun, as the windows were revealed until the Lightning was actually found in one of them.
This show provides examples of:
- Luck-Based Mission: Somewhat seen in the main game, depending on your expertise and that of your opponent. As for Bonus Island, luck is the whole point.
- Pilot: Taped in November 1979. The only major difference was Bonus Island, which had the number of spins determined by a small display (hitting a Bullseye allowed for unlimited spins) and the Pot started at the amount the contestant won in the main game — instead, getting three Bullseyes doubled the Pot, which could climb to over $1,000,000.
- Real Song Theme Tune: The pilot used portions of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" by Santa Esmeralda. The series used a Hal Hidey composition that was in some places a Suspiciously Similar Song.
- That Came Out Wrong: A particularly infamous example that frequently is seen on blooper specials, where host Jim Lange and the contestant are talking about golf. The contestant comments that the secret to his game is kissing his golf clubs beforehand; Lange ... well, he kisses his balls for good luck, something the audience found quite humorous while Lange looks dumbfounded as to why.
- In another discussion of golf, Lange tells a female contestant that he's "long but not very straight".
- Yellow Lightning: It appears in the bonus round.