Series: Double Dare (1976)
Game Show created by Jay Wolpert for Mark Goodson, which aired on CBS from 1976-77. Host Alex Trebek read a series of clues to his two contestants, who were in Sound Proof Booths. When one player buzzed in to guess the subject, the other player's booth closed. An incorrect answer resulted in a "penalty clue" and free guess for the opposing player. A correct answer was worth $50 and allowed the player to Dare their opponent to guess the answer with the next clue for $100. If the dared player missed, the darer could "Double Dare" with one more clue for $200. A correct answer on a Dare awarded $50, while one on a Double Dare awarded $100.The first player to score $500 played the Bonus Round against "The Spoilers," usually three men (sometimes two men and a woman) with doctorates in different disciplines. The contestant was shown a subject and tried to stump the Spoilers by choosing four clues from a pool of eight, with the ability to pass up to four if s/he felt them too easy. Each time a Spoiler didn't guess the answer, the contestant received $100; if a Spoiler guessed the answer, s/he received $100 and sat out for the rest of the round. If at least one Spoiler remained stumped after the fourth clue, the contestant won $5,000.Not to be confused with Nickelodeon's Double Dare, which is something quite different.
Game Show Tropes in use:
- Bonus Round: Try to stump three doctorates by selecting just the right four clues from a pool of eight for $5,000.
- Game Show Winnings Cap: $25,000.
- Losing Horns: Type A. Recycled from The Price Is Right, minus the first two notes.
- Show The Folks At Home: Any time a new subject was put into play, Trebek would remind viewers to look away until they heard the bell if they were playing along at home.
- Sound Proof Booth: Each contestant was placed in one, as were each of the Spoilers.
This series provides examples of:
- Epic Fail: Even after the maximum 10 clues, both players were unable to identify Louise Lasser, the star of Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.
- Funny Afro: Trebek, believe it or not. Complete with the Porn Stache he used to have, the man could not look more 1970s than he did on Double Dare. And he had it during almost all of his 1970s hosting gigs.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: During the final few episodes, the writers were starting to have fun with their clues (well, if that worked for getting The Match Game Un-Cancelled...). The Grand Finale featured an infamous round with some rather racy clues for "boomerang". The hilarity is only amplified further through Trebek, who was either completely oblivious to what they planted in there, or outright knew and delivered it straight."The more horizontal this thing is kept while in action, the more you'll get what you're after."
"In the film Walkabout, the lead male straps one against his thigh with his loincloth."
"To use one properly, grip it firmly with three fingers at the curve near the tip."
"When members of the French Resistance used this in World War II, they'd say, 'I'm off to telephone Hitler.'"
- This clue for "Toilet":
- Recycled Soundtrack: Probably as a payback for taking assorted sound effects from other CBS shows (including The Price Is Right's Losing Horns and the Trivia Trap/Penny Ante noise), the theme music (as well as the entire structure of the intro itself) was later recycled on Card Sharks.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Trebek.