Moments: Part 1 - December 2
If you have read the top stories on our main page, then
you know that TV Land will be airing a Top 100 Moments
in Television History. Of course, us being GSNN.com, I
cant let this go by without having a Top 10 column of
my own. Like what has been done in the past, I also
invite you to e-mail me your own Top 10 list with
anything in here that I may have missed.
Without further ado, here is my Top 10 Traditional Game
Show Moments list.
10. Thom McKees Run, Tic Tac Dough We all
remember Ken Jennings and his magical run. Well, McKee
was the Jennings of the 80s, as in 1980, we went on a
43 game winning streak, grabbing $312,700 and 8 new
cars. How he lost it was just as dramatic as he went a
number of games to Kit Salisbury before finally falling.
That record would stick around for awhile until you know
who showed up.
9. Rip Taylor Flips His Wig, Super Password It
would have been hysterical enough to just have the
players massacre the word Testimony, but Rip Taylor
goes one step further to make this clip a classic his
stool goes flying, and then his hairpiece right along
with it. The toupee winds up on host Bert Convys chest
before landing back on Taylors head backwards.
8. Playing With Balls, Match Game 90 Pilot The
question - 'At the Cannibal Halloween Party, they don't
bob for apples, they bob for _____.' Marsha Warfield's
answer? 'Boobs'. We get down to Gloria Loring, who
fights with host Bert Convy to not show her answer. Bert
wins the fight, and the answer is... 'Balls'. The
audience goes nuts, and Brad Garrett clips that they
will be having a party at his place that night. Heh.
7. The Bizarro Family, Family Feud - This family
is nuts. The first person is asked to name an animal
with 3 letters, and we get 'Frog'. We need a brand of
gas and we get 'Regular'. We need something that comes
with a summer storm and we get 'Snow'. His family
teammate comes out and we still need an animal with
three letters. Richard: 'You cannot and you do not want
to duplicate any of his answers.' Well, he doesn't
duplicate it as we get the animal answer of 'Alligator'.
6. The Mighty Yolanda, The Price is Right
Yolanda Bowersley wants to come on down and play a
pricing game. Her breasts want to come on out and play
peek-a-boo. Her breasts win. Peek-a-boo! I see you!
5. Billy Crystal on the Pyramid Billy Crystal
uses only 7 clues and gets up the Pyramids Bonus round
in 26 seconds, far and away the quickest time ever.
4. Michael Larson Wins $110,000+, Press Your Luck
The Ice Cream Man Cometh as Larson makes an incredible
run on the Press Your Luck Board to win $110,000 and
change. This event sparked a new board configuration, a
2 hour documentary on GSN, and a rematch on Whammy!,
where Michaels brother, playing for the late Larson,
wins the rematch against the two players that Michael
played against 20 years ago.
3. John Carpenter Wins $1 Million, WWTBAM Of
course, there have been many, many million dollar
winners on prime time television over the years,
including our good friends Tim Hsieh, Ed Toutant, David
Legler and Dr. Kevin Olmstaed (among others), but
theres nothing like seeing it for the first time that
makes your mouth drop in awe.
2. Ken Jennings Wins 74 Straight Games for Over 2
Million, Jeopardy! This was voted by you as the
top event in the past 5 years, and well earned, as
Jennings rewrites the Jeopardy history books. Forget
about the Ultimate Tournament of Champions Jennings
kept the audiences glued in their seats and gave
Jeopardy a renaissance that it never saw in its
1. Dan Avila Loses $2 Million, Greed However,
if you want to talk about pure moments, nothing beats
this. As much money as people have won, this is the only
moment in television history where someone sees a
potential $2 million slip from their grasp on a single
question. That moment and their team (which featured
Curtis Warren, a man who would go on to win a million
dollars later on during the shows run) is the sole
reason why Fox's show got the full season run. Heck, we
keep referencing this moment on WLTI and Dan Avila, who
is a pure gentleman, joined us as that episode is one of
our highest clicked on shows. Apparently, you guys are
as transfixed on him as we are.
Obviously, this is only my Classic Top 10, and there are
many, many more moments than just this. Please e-mail me
with your choices and Ill be posting them up on a
future State of Play. Next Week The Reality Show Top
Gordon Pepper welcomes all top 10 lists at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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