Infamous Canadian Game Show (also syndicated into the United States) from the early 1980s hosted by Alex Trebek. The game began with a round where two contestants tried to earn Pit Passes by predicting how the audience responded to multiple choice questions. The goal was to reach five points, and a Pit Pass for the bonus round was earned on their first, third, and fifth points. The first to reach five points, or whoever had the lead when time ran out, became champion and advanced to the show's bonus game, the Pitfall Round.There, the champion ran a gauntlet across a series of eight platforms in 100 seconds by answering trivia questions. However, three of the platforms were designated as "Pitfalls", which would lower the contestant into a pit (effectively incurring a 10-second penalty) until they answered another question correctly (the clock stopped when the contestant was raised back up). To dodge the Pitfalls, contestants were shown a light sequence where each platform flashed once (if it was safe) or twice (if it was a Pitfall); players then took as many Pit Passes as they earned to skip over what they believed were the offending platforms. Completing the bonus round won a $5,000 (later $2,500) prize package.The show ran for a single season from 1981-82 and was canned not due to ratings, but due to a pitfall of its own — Catalena Productions (which also did the 1980-81 Lets Make A Deal) went bankrupt. Later contestants never received their prizes, and Trebek's check from Catalena bounced. Despite the low point in his career Pitfall became (made worse because Battlestars ended at the same time), Trebek made up for it in '83 with The New Battlestars and far better employment on another game show in '84.
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