The Shows
(alpha sort | update sort)

ABC Carnival '74
Across the Board
Be What You Want
Beat The Genius
Beat The Odds (1962)
Beat The Odds (1975)
Bedtime Stories
The Better Sex
The Big Money
The Big Payoff
Big Spenders
Blank Check
Body Language
Body Talk
The Buck Stops Here
Call My Bluff
Card Sharks (1996)
Caught in the Act
Celebrity Billiards
Celebrity Doubletalk
Celebrity Secrets
Celebrity Sweepstakes
Chain Letter (1964)
The Challengers (1974)
Change Partners
Child's Play
The Choice Is Yours
Combination Lock (1996)
Comedy Club
Concentration (1985)
The Confidence Game
Cop Out
Countdown (1974)
Countdown (1990)
The Couples Race
Decisions, Decisions
Dollar a Second
Duel in the Daytime
The Fashion Show
Fast Friends
$50,000 a Minute
Finish Line (1975)
Finish Line (1990)
Get Rich Quick
Going, Going, Gone!
Head of the Class
High Rollers
Hollywood Squares (1965)
Hollywood Squares (1985)
The Honeymoon Game
Hot Numbers
Hot Potato
House to House
How Do You Like Your Eggs?
Jackpot (1984)
Jeopardy (1977)
Jokers Wild
Key Witness
Keynotes (1986)
King of the Hill
Let's Make a Deal (1963)
Let's Make a Deal (1990)
The Love Experts
M'ama Non M'ama
Match Game (1962)
Match Game (1973)
Match Game (1990)
Match Game (1996)
MatchGame (2008)
Missing Links
Monday Night QB
Money Words
Money in the Blank
Monopoly (1987)
Nothing But the Truth
Now You See It (1986)
Party Line
People On TV
Play For Keeps
Play Your Hunch
The Plot Thickens
Pot O' Gold
Pressure Point
The Price Is Right (1972)
Pyramid (1996)
Pyramid (1997)
A Question of Scruples
Quick as a Flash
Razzle Dazzle
Run For The Money
Says Who?
Scrabble (1990)
Second Guessers
Second Honeymoon
Shoot for the Stars
Shoot the Works
Shopping Spree
Show Me
Simon Says
$64,000 Question (2000)
Smart Alecks
Smart Money
Split Decision
Star Cluster
Star Play
Strictly Confidential
Talking Pictures (1968)
Talking Pictures (1976)
Tell It to Groucho
Temptation (1981)
$10,000 Sweep
Three of a Kind
Tic Tac Dough
Top Secret
Twenty One (1982)
Twenty Questions
Up and Over
The Waiting Game
We've Got Your Number
What Do You Want?
What's On Your Mind
Wheel of Fortune
Whose Baby
Word Grabbers
Write Your Own Ticket
You Bet Your Life (1988)
You Bet Your Life (1991)
You're Putting Me On

The Links

Show a Random Pilot
Show Unreviewed Pilots
Bob Stewart Flow Chart

Change Partners

Producer: : Art James
Host: : Art James
Announcer: Tom Whitaker
Taping Info: 1972
Made it to Air: No

Even by 1972, the concept of straight trivia quizzes was starting to get long into the tooth. And the concept of wife swapping on the game show hadn't occurred yet. So, let's try to combine the two. Your host and creator is Art James.

Three couples are introduced, and one of the spouses is designated the "question answerer" and the other the "scorekeeper". Fortunately for the viewer, in this case all of the men answered and all of the women kept score. At that point, the answerers are moved to other scorekeepers and these new teams are staked with 200 points and the fun begins.

The first team is asked a question, and the answerer gives his answer. The scorekeeper decides whether to agree or disagree with the answer and a wager up to 100 points. The audience is told whether they are correct or not via impressive-for-1972 chyron technology, but not the players. This continues for three questions per couples. An answerer may bluff, and a few times that was effective, since the answerer is trying to help his wife to win, not the assigned scorekeeper.

This continues for a second round and a third round with no changes in possible values. For whatever reason, the true scores are also not given to the home audience, I guess to create some fake drama.

After the three rounds, the prize round begins. The couples are reunited, and they are shown nine possible prizes each with a point value. Only the highest value prize is awarded, and only if the couple have enough points for it. So each couple tries to pick a prize based on what they think they scored, or they can choose to cash out at $1 a point and forfeit their chance at winning. Some couples figured it out pretty well, others were way off.

The bonus round allows the couple to convert their prize into a car plus some cash. If they choose to go, they are given one question and are allowed to confer. In this case, the question was "give me the first few words of the Declaration of Independence", with no indication on what "few" meant. If they are correct, the prize is converted into a car and the couple is cash based on their total points doubled minus 1,000.

Two major flaws in the game, and they both involve the prize round. What if all three teams cash out? What if all three teams try to buy a prize they can't afford? Neither of those eventualities were covered. The game was OK, but it was very dry especially with Art James' rather robotic hosting. A better way to do the game would be to keep with a team through their round until their questions are complete, allowing for some banter. No idea how to fix the prize round, it just seems too flawed.

This pilot has been viewed 551 times since October 6, 2008 and was last modified on Aug 16, 2010 22:56 ET
Feedback? Contact me at usgs-pilot at the usgameshows dot net domain