Trivia: Monopoly

The Board Game:

The Gameshow:

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: All 12 episodes circulate, but haven't been rerun.
  • Missing Episode: A 13th episode was planned but apparently not even taped. Instead, ABC debuted America's Funniest People after the success of its aired pilot on May 1.
  • Old Shame: The second unaired pilot featured Patty Maloney playing the part of Uncle Pennybags and basically being a living token for the contestants to move. The aired episodes replaced her with lights on the board.
  • What Could Have Been: Marc Summers and Peter Tomarken are two well-respected emcees, and they were in 1990. The fact that Merv Griffin decided to go off the board with Mike Reilly when the show finally went to series, especially since Tomarken wasn't really doing much of anything, may say a lot about Merv.

The Pinball Machine:

  • The game has numerous ticker messages, among them being:
    • “The ELECTRIC COMPANY keeps the Bank safe from Safe Crackers
    • “Become Lost in a Zone – Play Pinball.”
    • “Game tip – collect all property to play LAND GRAB
    • “NASDAQ +230 DOW JONES +410 … We Wish”
    • Never Panic
    • “A Jackpot a day keeps boredom away”
    • Hey, it’s only Pinball
    • “The future of Solar Electricity is Bright”
    • “This sign is fun to watch”
    • “Did you know famous people play MONOPOLY?”
    • “Take a Chance – Play MONOPOLY”
    • “Boardwalk, Park Place … Not just for rich folks”
    • “The ball is always wild”note 
    • “How many messages does this sign have, anyway?”
    • “Electric Company reports POWER ON in game”
    • "Make new friends... then beat them by playing Monopoly"