"Start The Money Clock!
A GSN Game Show
hosted by Corbin Bernsen. It was very short-lived
, only airing 40 episodes over 3 months before being cancelled due to low ratings.
The game was played with a "money clock," which would either count up to (or down from) the maximum value for each of the five rounds.
- Round 1: $1000, counting up
- Round 2: $2000, counting down
- Round 3: $3000, counting up
- Round 4: $4000, counting down
- Round 5: $5000, counting up
While the money clock counted up or down, the four contestants stood with lock-in buttons held behind their backs. At any time, they could push their buttons to lock in their value, but the money clock would keep running until all four contestants buzzed in, at which point the money clock would stop at a random value above or below the last locked in value, depending on which way the money clock was running. The contestant who locked in at the highest value (the greediest of the group) won nothing. The remaining contestants had their locked in value added to their total. All five rounds played the same way, but an added twist was added to Round 5: The player who locked in with the lowest value in Round 5 also got nothing.
After all five rounds were played, the two players with the lowest totals were eliminated, while the remaining two went to the Bonus Round
, where their earnings were pooled together and put into one last money clock, which would count up from $0 to the contestant's combined total. The first player to lock in on the final money clock won however much money he locked in at. The other player would leave with nothing.
- Some Or Nothing: Only the player who locks in first in the final round gets anything, and more often than not, it's not even close to how much has been earned over the course of the game.
- Golden Snitch: More often than not, winning any money at all in the fifth round (not being the greediest or the chicken) guaranteed you a place in the final round.
- Whammy: Being the "Greediest of the Group" means you banked nothing for that round. In the fifth round, the "chicken" (The lowest valued lockin) also got nothing.