Series / Showoffs
Short-lived ABC Game Show
by Mark Goodson
and Bill Todman which pit two contestants, each paired with two celebrity teammates. One team was sequestered out of sight, while the other split up between "actors" and "guesser". The actors mimed up to six words in 60 seconds for the guesser to identify. Afterward, the other team came out and communicated the same words. The team with the highest score won the game, and best-of-three won the match.
In the Bonus Round
, the celebs acted out a series of words to the contestant in 60 seconds, with $1 awarded for each. After this, the player got another 15 seconds and three words; each one guessed added a zero to the amount earned beforehand, for a possible payout of more than $10,000.
The series probably shouldn't have gone to air at all (see the Trivia tab for the explanation why), but debuted on June 30, 1975 at 12:00 PM Eastern (replacing Password ABC
) and ran until December 26. In late 1983, Goodson found success with a tweaked format, Body Language
This show provides examples of:
- Expy: The core concept, in the game show genre, dates back to the late 1940s and Pantomime Quiz.
- Opening Narration: "Places, please...it's curtain time for the Showoffs!"