Series / Child's Play
that was Bill Cullen
's last for CBS
. Two adult contestants watched video clips of children and tried to identify the words the children were describing. The show ran during the 1982-83 season, and was replaced by Press Your Luck
Not to be confused with the charity
or the slasher film series
- Bonus Round:
- The first bonus rlund was "Triple Play", in which the contestant had to identify words from 3 descriptions written by children.
- On April 25, 1983, a new bonus round was introduced, known as "Turnabout"; it was essentially Pyramid WITH KIDS! The contestant now had to try and explain words to the kids, hoping they'll guess it.
- Speed Round: "Fast Play", the entire second round.
This show provides examples of:
- Obvious Beta: Among many other things, the May 11, 1982 pilots credit the show as "A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production". When the series landed, it was credited as "A Mark Goodson Television Production".
- Sampling: The Theme Tune samples "London Bridge Is Falling Down" repeatedly.
- Sound Effect Bleep: Used in a unique way; whenever a child said the word the contestants were trying to guess, the censors would bleep it out and put an "OOPS!" sign over the child's mouth to prevent any potential lip-reading. Of course, if the kid actually cussed...
- Transatlantic Equivalent: A British version hosted by Michael Aspel ran on ITV from 7 January 1984 to 26 August 1988, which had the oddity of staying longer in the public consciousness for just over 70 episodes.