Series / Click

Merv Griffin and Ryan Seacrest usher in the age of the internet with this children's Game Show, which ran from 1997 to 1999.

Three teams of two competed; the game primarily involved selecting categories off a Press Your Luck-style video wall (with a giant mouse button, hence the name of the show), answering questions to earn money (ranging from $25 to $100). While some questions were general knowledge, some special questions with technological themes required dashing from the main podium (the "motherboard") to a different "station" on the set, such as the Web Site (which mainly dealt in audio and visual questions) and Word Wizard (which mainly featured word-related puzzles). In the second season, general knowledge questions were moved to another station, the Hard Drive, and Word Wizard became the Chat Room.

The first roun-er, Level, had each team play the board for an allotted amount of time. In level 2, control of the mouse started with the lowest-scoring team, but could be stolen by opponents on a wrong answer or if they hit a Virus space. In the grand tradition of Wheel of Fortune, Seacrest assumed control of the board in the final round—a speed round, bascially—with one member of each team at each station, and all questions are affixed to a $100 bounty. Part-way through, the teammates switched in. The the team with the highest cumulative score advanced to the bonus round.

This series provides examples of

  • Bonus Round: Answer three questions in the time allotted (45 seconds in season 1, 60 in season 2). Win a prize for each question answered correctly, win the grand prize of computers for both team members if all three are answered correctly. In season 2, all three correct answers had to be given consecutively to win the grand prize.
  • Bonus Space: Double Click, which appeared in round 1, could double a team's score if the corresponding question was answered correctly. (However, if a team had $75 or lower, a Double Click question was valued at $100.)
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The teams' shirts and respective podiums are red, green, and yellow.
  • Game Show Host: Ryan Seacrest.
  • Luck-Based Mission: Most of the game applies, but the third round in particular. One team could, theoretically, be blessed to get first shot at several questions in a row.
  • Speed Round: Arguably both the first and last rounds.
  • Whammy: The Virus (Crash in season 2), which gave the other two teams a chance to steal control of the mouse if they answer correctly.