Jay Wolpert Game Show
for the network formerly known as The Family Channel
, hosted by Tom Parks. It was effectively a revival of Chuck Barris
' The Parent Game
(not only did Wolpert work for Barris at the time, but Parent
creator Gary Jonke served as producer on this show), but with that trademark Wolpert unconventionality. However, unlike most Wolpert shows, at least the game was relatively simple.
Three couples were given a scenario with three possible outcomes; for example, "Your 18-year old son has become interested in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
. Do you...
- A. Embrace his new interest,
- B. Warn him that ponies are for girls, or
- C. Force-feed G.I. Joe down his throat instead?"
The three couples indicated their answer with alphabet blocks (yes, those things; the kind babies play with), and explained why they chose that particular answer. The couples earned points if their answer matched up with that of an onstage parenting expert. The first question was worth just a single point, but each following question was worth one point more than the one before it. The final question, worth four points, was answered individually by both members of the couple, and they could both score.
The top-scoring couple advanced to a bonus round, where they had 60 seconds to alternate guessing whether a certain scenario was okay or a problem at the specified age, as determined by the expert. Each correct answer lit up a window in a giant (CGI) house, and getting all seven awarded a grand prize, which often featured a vacation (or in later episodes, a new car).
The series debuted on September 30, 1996, but tapings were halted after the November 22 show when it was discovered that the parenting "expert", Dr. Ellen Winters, had questionable credentials — both parents and parenting experts alike had been questioning a large number of Winters' choices for the various scenarios (among which were considering a girl liking G.I. Joe
figures to be a "problem"). The show was yanked off the air for five weeks, returning on December 30 with not only a new expert (radio personality Dr. Marilyn Kagan, who among other things is
an actual psychologist) but also a slight shift in tone
— among other things, the set (which was previously designed to look like a living room drawn with crayons) was made to look more realistic, and a lot of the extraneous Wolpert sound effects were toned down.
Unfortunately, these changes only kept the show alive for a month, ending on January 31, 1997.
- Bonus Round: Sixty seconds, match the expert on seven scenarios to win.
- Golden Snitch: The "1-2-3" format was used for scoring, but more than one couple could earn points per question. Even worse, a single couple could earn eight points on the final question.
- Losing Horns: Originally, there were two — a one-note horn for nobody getting a question right in the main game, and a standard theme-tune variation for a bonus loss. When the show took the more "serious" tone for its final month, the one from the front game was removed (as were most of the other sounds), and the bonus loss sound was changed to a barely audible effect of someone "sliding down the keys" on a piano, and even this was buried in the Theme Tune reprise.
This series provides examples of: