short-lived CBS Game Show
in late 1975, created by Bill Carruthers and hosted by Jim Lange, in which four female contestants sat at desks surrounding a spinning red arrow. A prize was presented along with its retail value, then a question was posed. Whoever answered correctly manipulated the arrow, hitting a button which caused the arrow to slow down on its own until it stopped. The woman on whom it stopped could either accept that prize or pass it to an opponent (if the arrow stopped on a vacant area between two players, whoever stopped it was given the options).
The object was to accumulate the most without going over $5,000
; going over said amount locked that player out until she correctly answered a question (in which case she could give a prize to an opponent, which she hoped would bring her back under $5,000). After eight prizes, whoever was closest to $5,000 without going over won the game and those prizes.Give-N-Take
was a show that just didn't work: The format has been described as "lame", and the set's primary color was black in an era where pastels were the norm for daytime game shows. It debuted on September 8 (the day The Price Is Right
began an experimental week of hour-long shows) at 10:00 AM, replacing Lange's Spin-Off
, and couldn't compete against NBC
's Celebrity Sweepstakes
; when Price
permanently expanded on November 3, Take
was shunted off to the low-clearance 4:00 PM slot (replacing Musical Chairs
) and died on the 28th.
- Bonus Round: The winner picked one of the four seats and stopped the arrow once more; if it landed in her area, she won all eight prizes.
- Game Show Winnings Cap: $25,000, per CBS limit at the time.
- Show The Folks At Home: Before the final prize, Jacobs read each player's score as she was shown on-screen.
This show provides examples of:
- Expy: Kind of like Say When!! (NBC, 1961-64) with a spinning arrow.
- Luck-Based Mission: It was all a matter of where the arrow stopped.
- Spiritual Successor: A revival was attempted on March 27, 1986 as Up and Over, hosted by Carruthers himself.
- NBC's 2012 game Take It All has similar White Elephant roots, except using five Mystery Boxes, a goal to not be left with the lowest-valued prize after each round, and a Prisoner's Dilemma endgame. And, sadly, no trivia or spinning arrows.