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It's a big country... Someone's got to tear it up!
Red: Let's rip some road!

Red & Ted's Road Show (often just called Road Show) is a 1994 pinball machine released by Williams Electronics. It was designed by Pat Lawlor, Dwight Sullivan, and Ted Estes, with artwork by John Youssi. Country singer Carlene Carter plays the voice of "Red".

Red and Ted are a couple of demolition experts on a cross-country trip in their bulldozer, wreaking havoc and having fun along the way. As they go from day to day and city to city, help them blast obstacles, buy souvenirs, and rack up those miles. Watch out for Flying Rocks and angry taxi drivers, keep the radio playing country music, and — most importantly — collect those paychecks. Stay on your toes when the machine starts rumbling, because Red and Ted will be watching you the whole time. And if you can get to the West Coast, you might be able to start Super Payday for big bonuses!


Players have mixed feelings about Road Show. On the one hand, it's a solid pinball game, with lots of depth and humor to keep players entertained. On the other hand, it feels like an evolutionary amalgamation of Pat Lawlor's earlier games, especially Fun House — but following blockbusters like The Addams Family and The Twilight Zone is a challenge for anyone. Regardless, Red & Ted's blue-collar humor resonated with a lot of players, and the table remains highly popular in truck stops and rural establishments.

A digital version was formerly available for FarSight Studios' The Pinball Arcade before their license to all Williams and Bally tables expired on July 1, 2018. However, it has since reappared in Volume 4 of Zen Stduios' Pinball FX3 Williams Collection.


"Hey look, Ted, tropes!":

  • Alien Invasion: This happens in Seattle.
  • Art Evolution: Compared to Rudy from Fun House, Red and Ted's "PinMation" heads feature more detail, including eyelashes and hair.
  • Ash Face: Completing Atlanta's "Trapped Worker" mode results in the hapless victim covered in soot.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever/Notzilla: San Francisco gets attacked by a giant reptile monster.note 
  • Blah Blah Blah: Nashville has the "Change the Station" mode.
    Ted: "It'!"
    Red: "Change the station!"
  • Blind Driving: Implied when two balls are locked, since Ted falls asleep.
    Red: Keep your eyes on the road.
    Red: Wake up!
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: In the Spring Break mode, hitting a target sometimes shows a guy banging his hands against the display. The shaker motor also activates to simulate his actions.
  • Cap:
    • The display will only show the last ten digits of each player's score, but scores over 10 billion will be displayed in full on the high-score screens.
    • The bonus multiplier tops out at 6x value.
  • Celebrity Star/Celebrity Voice Actor: Carlene Carter.
  • Country Music
    • The "Radio Riot" mode actually has Shout Outs to real-life country music stations.
    • An instrumental version of Carlene Carter's "Every Little Thing" plays during multiball; hitting a jackpot has Carlene actually singing the song.
  • Creator Cameo:
    • Carlene Carter appears on the billboard in the backglass.
    • The driver of the red Corvette in the backglass is Pat Lawlor.
  • Determinator: The taxicab driver, who's out to get revenge on Ted for smashing his cab in New York.
    Cabbie: I have returned for you, mister bulldozer man!
    Red: Oh no, not him again!
  • Double Entendre: Ted, after scoring two or more jackpots in multiball.
    Ted: "I feel like I've been rode hard and put away wet."
  • Earth-Shattering Kaboom: Super Payday starts with Red and Ted accidentally destroying the Earth while fighting the current crisis (alien invasion, monster attack, or earthquake).
  • Easter Egg:
    • Pressing both flipper buttons when the marquee at Bob's Bunker reads "Uranium Ore $3/chuck" activates Construction Mania.
    • Entering your name as "TED" in the high scores will cause Red to go "Hmmmmm, Ted."
  • Everything's Better with Cows: One of the souvenirs is a picture plate with a cow on it.
  • Faux Horrific: In Nashville, Red freaks out about talk radio.
  • Good Ol' Boy/Heroic Comedic Sociopath: Red and Ted.
  • Hot Pursuit: A police chase breaks out when you get to Ohio.
  • Human Popsicle: Red and Ted try to thaw out some folks in Minneapolis.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: Invoked whenever you shoot a pinball into either Red or Ted's mouths.
    Red: Bleah! How can you eat those things?
  • I'm Not Afraid of You: Said word-for-word by the taxi driver in New York, after destroying a taxi cab.
  • It's Always Mardi Gras in New Orleans: Going to New Orleans lands the duo in the middle of a parade, and Ted decides to clear the pedestrians in the most expedient way possible.
    Ted: "I knew I should've brought more than one T-shirt."
  • Karma Houdini: Red and Ted never suffer any serious consequences for their actions, due to Rule of Funny.
  • Kitsch Collection: Ted's tacky souvenirs.
    Red: We came here for this?
    • Vendor Trash/We Buy Anything: Going to the Trading Post in Albuquerque lets you sell (some of) the souvenirs for more points than you paid for them.
    • Having certain souvenirs after visiting certain cities will award additional bonus points at the end of each ball (for example, having the Suntan Lotion after playing through Miami). Notably, the bonuses stack, so having multiples of a souvenir can pay off huge if you've visited the right cities.
  • Large Ham: Both Red and Tednote  have their moments.
  • Locked in the Bathroom: Happens in Atlanta, with a worker trapped in a porta-potty. Red and Ted help blast him out. Successfully helping this guy shows him in Ash Face.
    Ted: See? That didn't hurt a bit.
  • Mars Needs Women: The Alien Invasion in Seattle.
    Red: Hey look Ted, aliens!
    Ted: I think they like ya, Red.
  • Medium Awareness: How Ted responds after a tilt.
    Ted: Now, that's pinball.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The police car in Ohio is Car 504 from High Speed, and the officer's name is "Officer Steve Speed".
      Officer: "Okay, buddy, pull over now!"
    • In Kansas City, the broadcaster warning about the tornado is from Pat Lawlor's Whirlwind.
      "The storm is coming ... return to your homes."
    • Fittingly, the alien fleet invading Seattle—as well as the robots that show up in New Orleans—are the Invaders from The Twilight Zone, right down to the same sound effects.
    • One of the signs outside of Bob's Bunker says "Frenzy? Bwa ha ha ha!"
      • Collecting the Lunch Time bonus shows a weinermobile on the DMD with the point bonus. Or, in other words: "It's lunch time! Get yourself a hotdog!"
      • Red is essentially Rudy's Distaff Counterpart, with many of her lines echoing his.
    • The "Rubber Nose" souvenir is a caricature of Roger Sharpe, the pinball player who overturned New York City's ban on pinball machines.
    • Los Angeles' mode is nicknamed "Earthshaker!", and you get to hear Red imitate the Title Scream at the end of the mode.
    • Subverted with the start of multiball; it starts out identically to Fun House... but then Ted swallows the ball instead of spitting it out.
    • The Jackpot animation is the same as the Super Jackpot animation in The Getaway: High Speed II.
  • Name and Name
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Fun House + The Addams Family + The Twilight Zone = Road Show
  • No Body Left Behind: Minnesota's "Frozen People" round specifically states not to shoot the Blast Zone. If you do, whichever people who are still frozen will disintegrate.
  • Ow, My Body Part!: Ted complains about his head after multiball is finished, if only one jackpot is claimed.
  • Platonic Life-Partners
  • Protagonist Title
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Carlene Carter's "Every Little Thing".
  • Road Trip Plot
  • Score Multiplier: Earned by shooting either the left ramp or the right orbit after passing through the opposite inlane. Doing this while the bonus multiplier is maxed at 6X will light Extra Ball (though this can only be done once per game).
  • Skill Shot:
    • Launch the ball into the Blast Hole without hitting anything else to get a free souvenir and a score bonus.
    • Alternately, plunge the ball into Bob´s Bunker before hitting anything else to get the Secret Skill Shot, "Bob's Lotto".
  • Songs in the Key of Panic: If no multiball jackpots are scored, intensified music plays as the player is prompted to shoot the main lock.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Fun House.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: How Red and Ted approach anything they can't knock down.
  • Take That!: One of the random signs in the window of Bob's Bunker is "Secret Video Mode", apparently a mocking reference to the absent "secret video mode" from Star Trek: The Next Generation.
  • Take That Player: If you finish multiball without getting a single jackpot, Red shouts "You missed EVERYTHING!"
    • One of Red's quotes when starting a new game is "Jerk alert!"
  • The Taxi: One of the first encounters is with an irate taxi driver in New York City. He returns several times throughout the game to get revenge.
  • Toilet Humor: You blow up a port-a-potty in Atlanta.
  • Unusual Euphemism: If Red is hit enough times.
  • Vanity License Plate: The Corvette on the backglass has "GAME BIZ" plates.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: From time to time, such as when Red questions Ted's lowbrow tastes.
    Red: Jerk alert!
    Ted: Aww, Red.
  • Viva Las Vegas!: One of the stops.
    Red: Hey look Ted, slot machines.
    Ted: There goes Friday's paycheck.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: Subverted; when Multiball is started, it sounds like Ted is choking on the ball similar to Rudy, but he ends up swallowing it.
  • We Sell Everything: Bob's Souvenir Shack.
  • We Will Meet Again: The cabbie makes this threat at the end of New York City mode.
  • Wingding Eyes: One of the beach party attendees is a man with spirals in his eyes.
  • Wizard Mode: Super Payday, available at any of the West Coast cities. Lock two balls, then Ted slams the bulldozer's blade, which shatters the Earth(!) This is followed by a multiball frenzy with everything lit for maximum points.
  • Wolf Whistle: Expect to hear this rather often from Ted.
  • World of Ham: Two road-ripping rednecks with a bulldozer and dynamite — what else would you expect?
  • Zonk: A majority of souvenirs can either boots a player's end-of-ball bonus (based on visited cities) or can result in extra balls. However, souvenirs like rubber noses, a root beer mug, and salt-and-pepper shakers are joke items that are worth nothing of value (though they can be sold at a profit in Albuquerque if your bonus multiplier is high enough).

Red: Don't be a stranger!

Alternative Title(s): Road Show


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