Trivia / The Cheap Show

  • Fan Nickname: "The Monty Python of Game Shows", which is pretty much all you need to know about it.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The fourth episode (taped May 5, 1978), with Rita Moreno and David Doyle (plus a seat reserved for Henry Ford), circulates. And it has a car win.
  • No Budget: Parodied as the gimmick of the show, then subverted in the Bonus Round where actual and legitimately-good prizes were available.
  • Written-In Absence: A three-celebrity panel was part of the set, but only two celebs were ever actually present; the third, a person who wouldn't ordinarily appear on a Game Show (such as Henry Ford or Richard Nixon), would always be absent for one reason or another.
    Dick Martin: (after noticing the third seat is empty) Where's our third celebrity?
    Charlie O'Donnell: That's right, Dick. Henry Ford was supposed to be with us tonight, but he said that the change in his pocket added up to more money than we offered to pay him. Back to you, Dick!