YMMV / Beat the Clock


  • Awesome Music / Ear Worm: The 1979-80 theme is pretty awesome.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: When the animated "Hickory, Dickory, Dock" opening was introduced on December 20, 1952, the animation was followed by shots of people laughing against a dark background. The laughing segment was perhaps meant to convey the show's silliness and good fun, but came off instead the wrong way to a lot of viewers, and since it simply added unneeded time to the theme it was removed on February 14, 1953. Also counts as Nightmare Fuel.
  • Memetic Mutation: The British version gave rise to the risqué slang "Beat the clock", referring to an attempt to complete A Date with Rosie Palms before the five free minutes at the start of the porn film end.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Downplayed with both Monty Hall (who is a legend, but was forced to do the 1979-80 version by CBS) and Gary Kroeger (who was competent, and had already been the announcer for the infamous 2001 version of Card Sharks [where he was the only tolerable thing about it] and Whammy). The changes to the formats (see below) were the real issue.
    • Played straight for Ricki Lake, though, like for all the other shows that were a part of Game$how Marathon.
    • Some also thought Gene Wood was this coming after Jack Narz, though he did last two years as host, and might have lasted longer if not for financial disputes between Goodson-Todman and CTV.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The switch to all-celebrities on the Hall version, a mere two months into its four-and-a-half month run.
    • The PAX version used a digital Clock for most of its stunts (the Whirlwind had a more physical Clock), threw out a lot of the gunge, and...well, if even a stunt show feels like the stakes are too low, you have a problem.

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