Trivia / The Challengers

  • Just for Pun: Question topics would often set up a Rule of Three joke, generally with a pun as the punchline.
    • "They Have Pockets" had questions on Pool Tables, Baseball Gloves, and Captain Kangaroo (all three picked the Captain, but couldn't quite say his real last name close enough to suit the Judge).
    • "Wise Guys" had questions on Socrates, Plato, and Don Rickles.
    • "Wonders of Nature" had questions on March Storms, April Showers, and Mae West.
    • "Chilli Dogs" had questions on St. Bernards, Alaskan Huskies, and Mexican Hairless.
    • "It Ain't Over Till..." had questions on Nell Carter, Cass Elliot, and Roseanne Barr.
    • "Things That Fall" had questions on the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Stock Market, and Gerald Ford.
    • "Jack Nicklaus's Favorite Movies" had questions on Driving Miss Daisy, Bye Bye Birdie, and Ironweed.
    • "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" had questions on The Good Mother, The Bad News Bears, and The Ugly American.
    • "Take A Stab At It" had questions on olives, pickles, and Julius Caesar.
    Dick Clark: It was a sick, sick man that came up with that one.
    The Judge: Thank you.
    The Judge (after both Clark and the Studio Audience start to loudly groan at the puns): I proudly stand behind my writers...very far behind them.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: It hasn't been seen since its original run, but prominently displaying the airdate in most episodes makes collecting pretty easy.
    • The only episodes that didn't have an airdate shown were the Sneak Preview shownote , the week-long Teachers Tournamentnote , and both week-long Invitational Tournamentsnote .
    • And as for the show's predecessor The Who, What or Where Game, only one episode is known to survive on video; it was one of the many victims of NBC's wiping practices of the era (other victims included The Hollywood Squares, High Rollers, Jeopardy!, Concentration, and Sale Of The Century).
  • Screwed by the Network: The show's early demise was threefold: The 1990-91 season saw a glut of syndicated games (revivals of The Joker's Wild and Tic-Tac-Dough, Trump Card, Quiz Kids Challenge), resulting in overcrowding. Not only that, but the show often got demoted to bad timeslots like overnights in major markets, and some never even saw the show. And even if the show did get a good timeslot, the Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune combo often shot it down decisively in the ratings, or, barring that, it would have to compete with syndicated newsmagazines, such as Entertainment Tonight; syndicated judge shows, like The People's Court; or syndicated talk shows, such as The Oprah Winfrey Show (which is why many stations demoted it after a few months).
  • Talking to Himself: A very odd example. The Home Participation Sweepstakes featured questions that a recorded Dick Clark asks when the viewer calls the 900-number given on the show. During one promo for the contest, Clark admitted to calling the number himself to see what it was like, concluding with "It was a very odd experience to talk to myself."
  • Throw It In: Given the format of the game, unless all three contestants pick one question apiece or all three pick the same question and go on to sweep the board, one question per category will go unasked. Generally, Dick will save the question so it can be reused (at least one episode had a category called "Challenger Leftovers"), but every once in a while he'd ask the Judge for permission to ask the leftover question just for fun if he thought it was particularly clever.