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** The Cullen ''$25,000'', the 1981 ''$50,000'', and the 1991 ''$100,000'' (plus certain episodes of ''$20,000'' from 1978-80) have never been rerun. The first was distributed by Viacom, so CBS technically owns the rights to that version; meanwhile, CPM Inc, the firm that distributed ''$50,000'', was [[http://www.golden-road.net/index.php?topic=6585.20;wap2 apparently a division of Colgate-Palmolive]], so presumably they own the rights there); Davidson's run was distributed by Orbis Communications, which was sold by then-owner Creator/CarolcoPictures to Multimedia Entertainment (the people who made ''Donahue'' and ''Series/JerrySpringer'' in 1992; Creator/{{Universal}} then bought out Multimedia in 1996, which means that [=NBCUniversal=] owns both Davidson's ''Pyramid'' and Pat Finn's version of ''Series/TheJokersWild''). GSN has aired three or four brief clips of the second Cullen episode with Shatner and Anne Meara. The Cullen ''$25,000'' was last reran in the mid-1980's and the 1981 ''$50,000'', on CBN in 1982.

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** The Cullen ''$25,000'', the 1981 ''$50,000'', and the 1991 ''$100,000'' (plus certain episodes of ''$20,000'' from 1978-80) have never been rerun. The rerun although they exist; this is due to rights issues (the first was distributed by Viacom, so CBS technically owns the rights to that version; meanwhile, CPM Inc, the firm that distributed ''$50,000'', was [[http://www.golden-road.net/index.php?topic=6585.20;wap2 apparently a division of Colgate-Palmolive]], so presumably they own the rights there); Davidson's run was distributed by Orbis Communications, which was sold by then-owner Creator/CarolcoPictures to Multimedia Entertainment (the people who made ''Donahue'' and ''Series/JerrySpringer'' in 1992; Creator/{{Universal}} then bought out Multimedia in 1996, which means that [=NBCUniversal=] owns both Davidson's ''Pyramid'' and Pat Finn's version of ''Series/TheJokersWild''). GSN has aired three or four brief clips of the second Cullen episode with Shatner and Anne Meara. The Cullen ''$25,000'' was last reran in the mid-1980's and the 1981 ''$50,000'', on CBN in 1982.


** The Cullen ''$25,000'', the 1981 ''$50,000'', and the 1991 ''$100,000'' (plus certain episodes of ''$20,000'' from 1978-80) have never been rerun although they exist; this is due to rights issues (the first was distributed by Viacom, so CBS technically owns the rights to that version; meanwhile, CPM Inc, the firm that distributed ''$50,000'', was [[http://www.golden-road.net/index.php?topic=6585.20;wap2 apparently a division of Colgate-Palmolive]], so presumably they own the rights there); Davidson's run was distributed by Orbis Communications, which was sold by then-owner Creator/CarolcoPictures to Multimedia Entertainment (the people who made ''Donahue'' and ''Series/JerrySpringer'' in 1992; Creator/{{Universal}} then bought out Multimedia in 1996, which means that [=NBCUniversal=] owns both Davidson's ''Pyramid'' and Pat Finn's version of ''Series/TheJokersWild''). GSN has aired three or four brief clips of the second Cullen episode with Shatner and Anne Meara. The Cullen ''$25,000'' was last reran in the mid-1980's and the 1981 ''$50,000'', on CBN in 1982.

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** The Cullen ''$25,000'', the 1981 ''$50,000'', and the 1991 ''$100,000'' (plus certain episodes of ''$20,000'' from 1978-80) have never been rerun although they exist; this is due to rights issues (the rerun. The first was distributed by Viacom, so CBS technically owns the rights to that version; meanwhile, CPM Inc, the firm that distributed ''$50,000'', was [[http://www.golden-road.net/index.php?topic=6585.20;wap2 apparently a division of Colgate-Palmolive]], so presumably they own the rights there); Davidson's run was distributed by Orbis Communications, which was sold by then-owner Creator/CarolcoPictures to Multimedia Entertainment (the people who made ''Donahue'' and ''Series/JerrySpringer'' in 1992; Creator/{{Universal}} then bought out Multimedia in 1996, which means that [=NBCUniversal=] owns both Davidson's ''Pyramid'' and Pat Finn's version of ''Series/TheJokersWild''). GSN has aired three or four brief clips of the second Cullen episode with Shatner and Anne Meara. The Cullen ''$25,000'' was last reran in the mid-1980's and the 1981 ''$50,000'', on CBN in 1982.1982.
*** In November 2020, The Bill Cullen Archive revealed that an effort was made by GSN to acquire the tapes for reruns many years ago. But the tapes were missing. Nobody knows where they ended up at.


*** GSN constantly skipping 1984 in their rerun rotation has fueled rumors from a few people online that the tapes of the 1984 episodes might not even exist anymore, or got so badly damaged that they can never be converted to digital. Back in 1997, [[https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/alt.tv.game-shows/GSN$27s$20unaired$20shows........%7Csort:relevance/alt.tv.game-shows/4mH8c-ryFzI/9xNghpl-d44J GSN confirmed in an email that they had the entire run of the show, which would also include 1984]]. But again, that post was made in 1997. Whether or not something happened to the tapes of the 1984 episodes between 1997 and now, remains unclear at this point.

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*** GSN constantly skipping 1984 in their rerun rotation has fueled rumors from a few people online that the tapes of the 1984 episodes might not even exist anymore, or got so badly damaged that they can never be converted to digital. Back in 1997, [[https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/alt.com/g/alt.tv.game-shows/GSN$27s$20unaired$20shows........%7Csort:relevance/alt.tv.game-shows/4mH8c-ryFzI/9xNghpl-d44J game-shows/c/4mH8c-ryFzI/m/9xNghpl-d44J GSN confirmed in an email that they had the entire run of the show, which would also include 1984]]. But again, that post was made in 1997. Whether or not something happened to the tapes of the 1984 episodes between 1997 and now, remains unclear at this point.


** In a {{Portmanteau}}, Osmond's version is nicknamed "''Donnymid''".

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** In a {{Portmanteau}}, Osmond's version is nicknamed "''Donnymid''". Some have also used "''Mikeymid''" to refer to the Mike Richards-hosted ''The Pyramid''.


** The Davidson revival got hit with this, using cheaper rotating bonus cards. The two Double Trouble categories replaced 7-11 and Gamble for a Grand/Trip replaced Mystery 7. Plus, the Tuesday and Thursday shows only had the latter with the rest of the week not having any bonuses in the second half. This version also scrapped the $5,000 bonus for breaking a 21-21 tie.

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** The Davidson revival got hit with this, using cheaper rotating bonus cards. The two Double Trouble categories replaced 7-11 on the Tuesday/Thursday shows of each week, and Gamble for a Grand/Trip Trip replaced Mystery 7. Plus, the Tuesday and Thursday shows only had the latter 7, with the rest of the week not having any bonuses sister bonus Gamble for a Grand permanently replacing 7-11 late in the second half.first season. This version also scrapped the $5,000 bonus for breaking a 21-21 tie.


** To understand the frustrating and complex rerun history of ''New $25,000'', one must start at the beginning. Off-network reruns premiered on October 17, 1988 on USA Network with the October 8, 1984 episode. They played virtually each week in order for the next three years and four months, usually being preempted by USA's sports programming, and concluding with the July 1, 1988 finale on February 7, 1992. Beginning with 1991, USA issued a policy in which any weeks with less than five episodes were skipped; before, they would fill those up by using shows from different weeks as gap fillers. On February 10, 1992, USA jumped backwards to October 17, 1983, and finished up said year on April 17, 1992. From April 20 to December 31, 1992, January 9-September 20, 1984 was played. On January 4, 1993, USA jumped even further back, and ran the earliest episodes from October 4, 1982, skipping the first two weeks. They finished 1993 with the October 7, 1983 episode. On January 3, 1994, they started with October 1, 1984, and took the show off the schedule on November 4, after showing the August 16, 1985 episode. Reruns were picked up by GSN three years later on October 11, 1997. They showed the first two weeks, both of which USA didn't show. Although the weekday rotation was taken off on April 20, 1998, GSN continued to air the show on weekends. They got to as far as September 26, 1983 on April 30, 2000, before cycling back to the 1982 premiere. Along the way, they showed the second finale from 1988 on December 31, 1999. In October 2001, out of nowhere, GSN debuted "new" episodes of the show from towards the end of the run. They started with Tuesday, November 24, 1987 and made it all the way to the previously-shown second finale in April 2002 (during this time, the second CBS Soaps week from November 16-20, taped out of order, was also shown). In addition, promos were ran that showed clips from October-November 1983 episodes. These clips seemed to indicate that GSN had converted at least 30 additional episodes from September 27 to November 7, 1983. But, GSN didn't show them at the time. No more "new" episodes would appear on GSN until March 30, 2009, when they started airing 200 shows from September 2, 1985 to June 17, 1986, which concluded in December 2009. Another 200 "new" episodes followed from May to December 2012, consisting of June 20, 1986 to April 22, 1987 shows. From May to October 2014, May 6-August 30, 1985 shows debuted, as did October 19-November 23/September 21-25, 1987 episodes (the latter was an all-star Celebrity tournament week, taped out of order), along with all 91 that were previously aired on GSN (November 23, 1987-July 1, 1988/November 16-20, 1987). GSN ''finally'' got around to showing those six weeks of shows from Fall 1983 in July 2017. Fans who were hoping for a continuation into 1984 had their hearts sunk when GSN jumped to May 6, 1985 a month later in August. As of this writing, November 8, 1983-May 3, 1985 and April 23-October 16, 1987 (minus September 21-25) have yet to be rerun on GSN, which comes out to a total of 485 episodes.

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** To understand the frustrating and complex rerun history of ''New $25,000'', one must start at the beginning. Off-network reruns premiered on October 17, 1988 on USA Network with the October 8, 1984 episode. They played virtually each week in order for the next three years and four months, usually occasionally being preempted by USA's sports programming, and concluding with the July 1, 1988 finale on February 7, 1992. Beginning with 1991, USA issued a policy in which any weeks with less than five episodes were skipped; before, they would fill those up by using shows from different weeks as gap fillers. On February 10, 1992, USA jumped backwards to October 17, 1983, and finished up said year on April 17, 1992. From April 20 to December 31, 1992, January 9-September 20, 1984 was played. On January 4, 1993, USA jumped even further back, and ran the earliest episodes from October 4, 1982, skipping the first two weeks. They finished 1993 with the October 7, 1983 episode. On January 3, 1994, they started with October 1, 1984, and took the show off the schedule on November 4, after showing the August 16, 1985 episode. Reruns were picked up by GSN three years later on October 11, 1997. They showed the first two weeks, both of which USA didn't show. Although the weekday rotation was taken off on April 20, 1998, GSN continued to air the show on weekends. They got to as far as September 26, 1983 on April 30, 2000, before cycling back to the 1982 premiere. Along the way, they showed the second finale from 1988 on December 31, 1999. In October 2001, out of nowhere, GSN debuted "new" episodes of the show from towards the end of the run. They started with Tuesday, November 24, 1987 and made it all the way to the previously-shown second finale in April 2002 (during this time, the second CBS Soaps week from November 16-20, taped out of order, was also shown). In addition, promos were ran that showed clips from October-November 1983 episodes. These clips seemed to indicate that GSN had converted at least 30 additional episodes from September 27 to November 7, 1983. But, GSN didn't show them at the time. No more "new" episodes would appear on GSN until March 30, 2009, when they started airing 200 shows from September 2, 1985 to June 17, 1986, which concluded in December 2009. Another 200 "new" episodes followed from May to December 2012, consisting of June 20, 1986 to April 22, 1987 shows. From May to October 2014, May 6-August 30, 1985 shows debuted, as did October 19-November 23/September 21-25, 1987 episodes (the latter was an all-star Celebrity tournament week, taped out of order), along with all 91 that were previously aired on GSN (November 23, 1987-July 1, 1988/November 16-20, 1987). GSN ''finally'' got around to showing those six weeks of shows from Fall 1983 in July 2017. Fans who were hoping for a continuation into 1984 had their hearts sunk when GSN jumped to May 6, 1985 a month later in August. As of this writing, November 8, 1983-May 3, 1985 and April 23-October 16, 1987 (minus September 21-25) have yet to be rerun on GSN, which comes out to a total of 485 episodes.

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** The GSN revival had no main game bonuses.


* NoBudget: The Osmond version and it shows.
** You had to beat the Winner's Circle ''twice'' to win $25,000. Previously, if you made it to the Winner's Circle both times, you played for $25,000 regardless of whether or not you won the first time.
** Winner's Circle categories often consisted of {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s and impossibly strict judging. The boxes had to be guessed ''verbatim'' instead of just "the essence" being said.
** Hiring celebrities who clearly had no idea how to play the game—or worse, did not speak English as a first language (such as Russian-born Lenny Krayzelburg). This screwed good contestants out of qualifying for the tournament.
** Speaking of the tournament, you ''also'' had to beat the Winner's Circle twice in one show to win. If no one succeeded, the contestant whose score was the highest merely ''had their score augumented'' to $100,000.

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* NoBudget: NoBudget:
** The Davidson revival got hit with this, using cheaper rotating bonus cards. The two Double Trouble categories replaced 7-11 and Gamble for a Grand/Trip replaced Mystery 7. Plus, the Tuesday and Thursday shows only had the latter with the rest of the week not having any bonuses in the second half. This version also scrapped the $5,000 bonus for breaking a 21-21 tie.
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The Osmond version and it shows.
** *** You had to beat the Winner's Circle ''twice'' to win $25,000. Previously, if you made it to the Winner's Circle both times, you played for $25,000 regardless of whether or not you won the first time.
** *** Winner's Circle categories often consisted of {{Moon Logic Puzzle}}s and impossibly strict judging. The boxes had to be guessed ''verbatim'' instead of just "the essence" being said.
** *** Hiring celebrities who clearly had no idea how to play the game—or worse, did not speak English as a first language (such as Russian-born Lenny Krayzelburg). This screwed good contestants out of qualifying for the tournament.
** *** Speaking of the tournament, you ''also'' had to beat the Winner's Circle twice in one show to win. If no one succeeded, the contestant whose score was the highest merely ''had their score augumented'' to $100,000.


** Hiring celebrities who clearly had no idea how to play the game, just to assure that no one that played for a particular session had no chance in making it to the tournament.

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** Hiring celebrities who clearly had no idea how to play the game, just to assure that no one that played game—or worse, did not speak English as a first language (such as Russian-born Lenny Krayzelburg). This screwed good contestants out of qualifying for a particular session had no chance in making it to the tournament.


** Many episodes of the 1970's daytime versions were wiped due to company policy at Bob Stewart Productions. The company would hold on to the episodes for about two months after they had aired, and then reuse the tapes, and continued to do so, until June 1978. However, there are some exceptions:

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** Many episodes of the 1970's daytime versions were wiped due to company policy at Bob Stewart Productions. The company would hold on to the episodes for about two months after they had aired, and then reuse the tapes, and continued to do so, so until June 1978. However, there are some exceptions:


*** ''$10,000'' (CBS): Episode #3 is held by UCLA ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q4UMmnqcJk first segment here]]), [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTL4C0OFOmA #5]] was uploaded by a contestant's relative in January 2011, June 13 (with Kaye Ballard and Richard Deacon) circulated for years before [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aadYDIsB17o getting on YouTube]], and the three weeks recorded at Television City (aired November 1973) all exist, with GSN showing 14 of the TVC shows. All fifteen shows of ''$10,000'' taped at Television City feature a big-winner clip montage from episodes believed to be gone. Same goes for Cullen's ''$25,000'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bEuBc5RJL0 pitchfilm]], which showed ten wins (some from the aforementioned montages, others from subsequent tapings), all believed to be the only surviving footage from their respective episodes.

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*** ''$10,000'' (CBS): Episode #3 is held by UCLA ([[https://www.UCLA, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q4UMmnqcJk first segment here]]), com/watch?v=UTL4C0OFOmA #5]] was uploaded by a contestant's relative in January 2011, June 13 (with Kaye Ballard and Richard Deacon) circulated for years and has been on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTL4C0OFOmA #5]] was uploaded by a contestant's relative in January 2011, June 13 (with Kaye Ballard and Richard Deacon) circulated for years before [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aadYDIsB17o getting on com/watch?v=_x6byISTyic YouTube]], and the three weeks recorded at Television City (aired November 1973) all exist, with GSN showing 14 of the TVC shows. All fifteen shows of ''$10,000'' taped at Television City feature a big-winner clip montage from episodes believed to be gone. Same goes for Cullen's ''$25,000'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bEuBc5RJL0 pitchfilm]], which showed ten wins (some from the aforementioned montages, others from subsequent tapings), all believed to be the only surviving footage from their respective episodes.

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* {{Blooper}}: On the June 10, 1983 episode, the contestants played the Mystery 7. It was not realized until after the round was finished (and the prize won) that the computer had given them the words for one of the other categories instead. As a result, Dick had to make up a new category for the still-unplayed Mystery 7 words.


** Regarding ABC's 2016 $100,000 version, one match with Peri Gilpin & Ice-T was shelved by ABC for reasons unknown. It eventually aired as the second half of the August 27, 2017 episode in season 2. A second season episode Vanessa Williams & Gary Cole in the first half and Kathy Najimy & Yvette Nicole Brown in the second half was shelved by ABC, but a year later on June 26, ABC announced an airdate of July 15.

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** Regarding ABC's 2016 $100,000 version, one match with Peri Gilpin & Ice-T was shelved by ABC for reasons unknown. It eventually aired as the second half of the August 27, 2017 episode in season 2. A second season episode with Kathy Najimy & Yvette Nicole Brown in the first half and Vanessa Williams & Gary Cole in the first half and Kathy Najimy & Yvette Nicole Brown in the second half was shelved by ABC, but a year later on June 26, ABC announced an airdate of July 15.


** Regarding ABC's 2016 $100,000 version, one match with Peri Gilpin & Ice-T was shelved by ABC for reasons unknown. It eventually aired as the second half of the August 27, 2017 episode in season 2. However, a second season episode Vanessa Williams & Gary Cole in the first half and Kathy Najimy & Yvette Nicole Brown in the second half was shelved by ABC.

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** Regarding ABC's 2016 $100,000 version, one match with Peri Gilpin & Ice-T was shelved by ABC for reasons unknown. It eventually aired as the second half of the August 27, 2017 episode in season 2. However, a A second season episode Vanessa Williams & Gary Cole in the first half and Kathy Najimy & Yvette Nicole Brown in the second half was shelved by ABC.ABC, but a year later on June 26, ABC announced an airdate of July 15.


*** GSN constantly skipping 1984 in their rerun rotation has fueled rumors from a few people online that the tapes of the 1984 episodes might not even exist anymore, or got so damaged that they can never be converted to digital. Back in 1997, [[https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/alt.tv.game-shows/GSN$27s$20unaired$20shows........%7Csort:relevance/alt.tv.game-shows/4mH8c-ryFzI/9xNghpl-d44J GSN confirmed in an email that they had the entire run of the show, which would also include 1984]]. But again, that post was made in 1997. Whether anything happened to the tapes of the 1984 episodes between 1997 and now or not, remains unclear at this point.

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*** GSN constantly skipping 1984 in their rerun rotation has fueled rumors from a few people online that the tapes of the 1984 episodes might not even exist anymore, or got so badly damaged that they can never be converted to digital. Back in 1997, [[https://groups.google.com/forum/#!searchin/alt.tv.game-shows/GSN$27s$20unaired$20shows........%7Csort:relevance/alt.tv.game-shows/4mH8c-ryFzI/9xNghpl-d44J GSN confirmed in an email that they had the entire run of the show, which would also include 1984]]. But again, that post was made in 1997. Whether anything or not something happened to the tapes of the 1984 episodes between 1997 and now or not, now, remains unclear at this point.

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