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.
  • 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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