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


Producer: Goodson-Todman
Host: Dick Martin
Announcer: Johnny Olson
Celebrities: Charles Nelson Reilly, Sarah Purcell
Taping Info: August 3, 1979, NBC Studio 3, Burbank
Other Pilots: No, although there was another pilot called Mindreaders, also by Goodson-Todman, but hosted by Jack Clark and was apparently a different show.
Made it to Air: Yes, from August 13, 1979 (where it replaced All-Star Secrets) to January 11, 1980 (when it was replaced by Chain Reaction)
Availability: UCLA Archive

Like the "pilot" for Showoffs, this was more of a test show than anything, since the show premiered just 10 days later. ESP was a fad in the late 70's, and this show tried to capture that idea. Dick Martin joins the club of Laugh-In regular and game show host, joining Gary Owens, Richard Dawson and Arte Johnson with this show.

The show is made up of two celebrities and six contestants plus leftovers on the solid color remnants from New York Carpet World. The male celebrity and the three male contestants are one team, while the females make up the other. The male team is then asked a question such as "When you invite a woman for an after-dinner drink, would you expect her to stay the night?". The contestants lock in their answers. The male celebrity then asks the first teammate. If they match, they get $50. If they differ, the other team gets $50 and control reverts to the other team. Questions are continually asked until one team gets $300.

The winning team then moved on to the bonus game, where ten people were brought in from the studio audience and polled on three questions, such as "do you smoke?". One of the three players would then try to guess how many agreed, and received $500 if guessed correctly or $200 if within 2 either way. Once each player tried to guess the number, they played "Celebrity Turnabout", where the three players would try to guess the celebrity's mind on a question. If they were correct, their winnings were multiplied by 10.

Unfortunately, the NBC executives couldn't read the viewers minds until after the show aired, because it was off in 5 months, taking over the space held by All-Star Secrets but getting the noon-time death slot of Password Plus (which moved to 12:30), but jettisoned for Chain Reaction. And it was rather odd for Goodson-Todman to take an unsuccessful game such as 1977's The Better Sex and try to make a derivative out of it. At least this didn't having a big "MINDREADERS" sign shuffled over to the winning team.

This pilot has been viewed 10436 times since October 6, 2008 and was last modified on Dec 12, 2009 14:46 ET
Feedback? Contact me at usgs-pilot at the usgameshows dot net domain