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  • Adaptation Displacement: The ABC version has been overshadowed by the Lifetime/PAX revival, although early in the 1990s run Johnny Gilbert proclaimed that it was "the return of the one and only Supermarket Sweep!"
  • Awesome Music: The theme song used from 1993 on, which is pretty distinctive for a game show and features some killer sax work by noted smooth jazz artist Dave Koz.
    • Also, the Big Sweep music after it too got a major overhaul in 1993 (even more extreme than the main theme).
  • Complacent Gaming Syndrome: During the Big Sweep, most contestants grab the expensive stuff — Farmer John hams, gallon-sized jugs of Bertolli olive oil, diapers, macadamia nuts, giant steaks, cheese wedges, frozen turkeys, medicine, etc.
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  • Game-Breaker: In a 2015 Youtube video, former host David Ruprecht revealed a strategy that few people used, and those who did use it won the sweep. After grabbing five hams and five turkeys, a contestant would have to go and pick up five hair coloring products, and five health and beauty products. This combination would ensure a win.
  • Growing the Beard: Probably around the time the coffee/candy bonuses became a regular feature, to the point where Ruprecht always mentioned them in his run-down of the day's Big Sweep bonuses (right before mentioning the inflatables).
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • Whenever a "Team 3" won the Big Sweep, or the very rare occasion in which a team amassed the maximum time from the base of 1:30 — originally 3:40, then 4:30, although in the latter case there were only one or two teams who even got four minutes.
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    • There is at least one 1990 episode where Team 3 won both the Big Sweep and the bonus round, with only a few seconds left by the time they grabbed the third product.
  • Nausea Fuel: In 2016, Ruprecht revealed in a YouTube video behind the scenes of Supermarket Sweep. When asked whether the contestants got to keep the food, Ruprecht would reply, "No." And with good reason: Not only were the meats all fake, but many of the products on the shelves were going bad. Since they only filmed for around half a year, much of the merchandise was reused over and over and over again. By the third month, hot dogs began to ferment and balloon in their packaging, and some products began to show the abuse of being manhandled and thrown into carts repeatedly.
  • No Indoor Voice: David Ruprecht. Full. Stop. Especially when he uses the phrase "FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS!"
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  • Older Than They Think: Guessing the price of groceries to earn time? Pan over the market just before the host goes into the bonuses? Bonuses that generally make the difference between victory and defeat? Play-by-play commentary by The Announcer? Players making a beeline for the frozen foods at the outset? All done by the original series.
  • Scrappy Mechanic: The "Market Monsters" introduced early in the Lifetime revival explained below. Thankfully, they didn't last long.
  • Spiritual Successor: Food Network's Guy's Grocery Games takes several elements from Supermarket Sweep, particularly the idea of being set in a giant grocery store set, and a similar bonus round. However, it is primarily a cooking competition, where the contestants actually have to use the items in the store rather than just throw them in a cart and call it a day.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks!: Inverted. Early in the Lifetime revival, the show had several "Market Monsters" (such as "Mr. Yuck") who would roam the aisles and get in the way of shoppers during the Big Sweep, forcing them to take another route. They were discarded in 1991.
  • What an Idiot!:
    • Some people just could not figure out some Bonus Sweep clues.
    • Those who left a grocery item on the floor, which carried a hefty $25 penalty per item, which was pretty severe in an era when most groceries were worth less than $20.
    • Contestants who spend way too much time trying to get bonuses, usually the shopping list. On at least two occasions, a team finished with a single-digit sweep total because the shopper placed one shopping list item in the cart and very little else.
    • Any time a contestant ignores an inflatable bonus, usually lampshaded by Gilbert or West.
  • You Look Familiar: During each episode's intro, contestants from other episodes could be seen in the audience.


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