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YMMV / Catchphrase

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YMMV tropes for the British Game Show.

  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The British version lasted waaaaaaaaay longer than the American version, following in the pattern of other British adaptations of American game shows, such as Blockbusters and Wipeout. A clip of the "Snake Charmer" incident did make the rounds on "Outrageous Game Show Moments"-type Clip Show specials in the U.S., though.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The original US version was replaced early in 1986 by Perfect Match, a knockoff of The Newlywed Game In 1995, original host Art James showed up as a (fictional) game show host in Mallrats, where he was the host of a blatant ripoff of The Dating Game.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Nick Weir and Mark Curry. While good hosts in their own right, they pretty much had no chance when following the legendary Roy Walker.
  • That One Puzzle: The majority of episodes will have at least one catchphrase that will heavily stump the contestants. One good example from Nick Weir’s run: The screen shows a boy with an apple on his head, along with an anthropomorphic clock, aiming a bow and arrow towards the apple. The contestants threw in loads of William Tell variations, trying to incorporate time or clock into the mix. Neither one got it right before the Cash Countdown hit zero. The correct answer was then revealed to be Time Will Tell.
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  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: The final season, with new host Curry, marked a move from the show's established weekly slot on ITV to the network's daytime lineup. Moving from weekly primetime to daily daytime meant the stakes were cheaper. Much cheaper.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: While the current apps available in the UK (the Classic app, offering gameplay like that of the show, and Quest, where the players controls Mr. Chips in a more Candy Crush Saga-type game) are pretty good, the same can't be said of the board game adaptations- which the show really wasn't meant for.


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