The Game Shows of the '80s Quiz


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In the game show world of the '80s, old school options aired in between more modern alternatives that captured the spirit of a brand new decade. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of the greatest moments from '80s game shows.

What was the name of the money-stealing creature on "Press Your Luck"?

When contestants chose the wrong square on "Press Your Luck," the Whammy would come and collect all money and prizes. The show used nearly 80 different Whammy animations to separate contestants from their potential prizes.


What year did "Press Your Luck" premiere?

"Press Your Luck" ran for a whopping 758 episodes between 1983 and 1986.


What was the biggest prize ever won on "Press Your Luck"?

In 1984, a contestant took home $110,237 by memorizing the patterns on the board in "Press Your Luck."


What show was hosted by Wink Martindale from 1978-85?

Wink Martindale served as host of "Tic Tac Dough" for seven years, from the late '70s through the mid-'80s.


What creature appeared on "Tic Tac Dough" to steal a contestant's money?

When the dreaded dragon appeared in one of the game's nine squares, the contestant lost all money and the round came to an end.


What year did "Double Dare "premiere?

The kid-friendly game show, hosted by Marc Summers, ran from 1986-88.


What were teams forced to do if they couldn't answer a question after a "Double Dare"?

Teams could lob questions back and forth using dares and double dares, but after that, the only option was to answer the question or perform a physical challenge.


Who served as host of "Love Connection" during the '80s?

Woolery hosted "Love Connection" for more than a decade, from 1983-98.


Who chose the right match for each contestant on "Love Connection"?

On "Love Connection," contestants were set up with a date chosen by the audience. If the contestant agreed to the date, the show would foot the bill.


What show did Vicki Lawrence host starting in 1987?

Lawrence hosted the Pictionary-style game show "Win, Lose or Draw" from 1987-90.


How long did contestants have to guess the clue from the drawings during the first two rounds of "Win, Lose or Draw"?

In the first two rounds, contestants had just 60 seconds to guess the word or phrase using a series of scribbled clues.


Who threw the magic toaster to the ground in a fit of anger on "Super Password" in 1989?

Frustrated when a contestant failed to deduce the correct answer, Betty White tossed the "Super Password" magic toaster to the ground on a 1989 episode of the show.


Who served as host of "Super Password" throughout the '80s?

Convy hosted "Super Password" for a staggering 750 episodes, from 1984-89.


What year did the top prize on "The $10,000 Pyramid" go up to $25,000?

In 1982, the top prize on the long-running game show jumped to $25,000 to entice a new generation of contestants and viewers.


Who hosted "Pyramid" throughout much of the '80s?

Clark hosted more than 1,100 episodes of the classic game show between 1973 and 1988.


How much did the top "Pyramid" prize jump to for the 2016 reboot of the show?

After steady increases over the years, the top prize on the 2016 reboot of "Pyramid" increased to $100,000.


What arcade-game show ran from 1982-84?

"Starcade" was canceled as the video game market crashed in the mid-'80s.


What year did "American Gladiators" premiere?

"American Gladiators" ran from 1989-97 and featured a pair of male and female contestants facing off against ripped bodybuilders.


Who was NOT one of the original six gladiators?

When "American Gladiators" premiered, the six warriors representing the show were Malibu, Lace, Sunny, Gemini, Zap and Niko.


What was the last year Richard Dawson hosted "Family Feud"?

Lady-lover Dawson hosted the classic quiz show from 1976-85.


How many people were surveyed for each question presented on "Family Feud"?

Contestants on "Family Feud" attempted to choose the most popular answer given by "100 people surveyed."


What was the original name for the game show "Jeopardy!"?

The show started off as "What's the Question?" in 1964. The idea for "Jeopardy!" came from a network executive who used the word to describe the action of the show.


What year did Alex Trebek take over the "Jeopardy!" hosting duties?

In 1984, "Jeopardy!" current host Alex Trebek replaced Art Fleming in an attempt to modernize a show that was growing dated.


How many people watched "Jeopardy!" each day by the end of the '80s?

By the late '80s, "Jeopardy" had a daily audience of 15 million viewers, with more than 250,000 people trying out to be on the show each year.


True or false: Pat Sajak was the first ever host of "Wheel of Fortune."

Chuck Woolery hosted the show until 1981, when Sajak took over as host.


What was the first letter Vanna White turned on "Wheel of Fortune"?

When White joined the show in 1982, her first letter was a "T."


True or false: "The Price Is Right" premiered in the '80s.

"The Price Is Right" first aired in black and white in the 1950s and ran through 1965. It was revived in 1972 and continues to run today.


What year did Bob Barker become host of "The Price Is Right"?

Bob Barker held the title of host on "The Price Is Right" from 1972 until he retired in 2007, when Drew Carey took over the job.


What year did Rod Roddy take over as announcer on "The Price Is Right"?

Johnny Olson served as "The Price Is Right" announcer from 1972-85, when he was replaced by Rod Roddy, who held the job from 1986-2003.


What happens if you hit the $1 spot on the Big Wheel on "The Price Is Right"?

Contestants who hit the $1 spot win $1,000 and often go on to the Showcase Showdown, where they can win even more.


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