Give or Receive: The $XXX,000 Pyramid
Posted May 28, 2010 @ 9:30 AM
Has anyone else read the book When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead? It's a young adult book about a girl in the late 70s whose mother is practicing to be a contestant on $25,000 Pyramid. There's another main storyine, but the chapter titles are categories (Things You Leave Behind, etc) and there are bits about the show throughout, culminating in a taping. Definitely worth checking out of the library.
Posted May 29, 2010 @ 7:16 PM
Posted May 30, 2010 @ 12:00 AM
Worst moment ever: one of the contestants was trying to get her to say the word "iron".. she was not. getting. it.... so - he said "Ferris" and she said (after a lengthy delay, in which time is of the essence) "Beueller!" and then started cracking up. The guy looked like he wanted to kill her. So did I.
Also - what was up with her lone ranger get up? Especially the black hat that obscured her face. Yeah - smart choice, on a game when contestants need to look at your face.
Love Tom Villard though. I remember him in a couple of random roles on the Golden Girls.
Posted May 30, 2010 @ 11:04 AM
My mouth dropped open in shock.
There has been some really bad game playing celebrities on this show, but that moment will stand out to me for all the wrong reasons.
Posted May 31, 2010 @ 12:48 AM
Conversely, I've really been enjoying the $25,000 shows this past week. Richard Klein is always solid, but color me surprised by how great Lauri Hendler (known then for being on Gimme a Break) has been. She's been giving amazing clues in the Winner's Circle. She's usually giving the clues that I'm typically screaming at the TV for the celebrity to say. So thanks to the greatness of both celebrities, both contestants won $10,000 on one show and then tied again on the next show. It's been like watching a great tennis match waiting for one of them to break serve.
I've just gotten GSN again, so watching these old Pyramids has been fun. I'm anxious to see the $100,000 tournament that will apparently air in two weeks. I haven't gone too far back on the posts here so as to avoid finding out who ends up winning it.
Posted Jun 1, 2010 @ 11:16 PM
but color me surprised by how great Lauri Hendler (known then for being on Gimme a Break) has been.
Laurie was an awesome game player. I remember an episode of Super Password where Bert Convy said she had the best winning percentage in the bonus game.
Posted Jun 2, 2010 @ 1:06 AM
Did anyone catch the blonde contestant (not sure of name) trying to get Jewish celebrity Richard Kline to say the clue word, "ham"?
Contestant "It's what you serve on Easter"
Kline - looks baffled. no response.
Contestant (tries again) - "I am going to bake a ..."
Kline (no response) - then time runs out.
Hee! Reminds me of my friend's facebook posting of a real sign at a grocery store that read "Hanukkah Special" right next to a discounted price on bone-in ham... so clueless!!! lol.
Posted Jun 24, 2010 @ 11:03 PM
Posted Jun 29, 2010 @ 8:59 AM
Edited by river8101, Jul 4, 2010 @ 9:49 AM.
Posted Jul 22, 2010 @ 11:36 AM
Melissa Cross: Sorry to disappoint you, but Richard Kline isn't Jewish.
Edited by river8101, Jul 22, 2010 @ 11:37 AM.
Posted Jul 22, 2010 @ 3:57 PM
My favorite player is Charlie Sebert. I love him! And Levar Burton is a kick ass player as well.
I need a life.
Posted Jul 24, 2010 @ 12:45 AM
Combine that with Soupy currently on the $100,000 version and there hasn't been a lot of winning lately. Man does he come off as clueless sometime.
Posted Sep 30, 2010 @ 6:33 PM
Robert Mandan has seemed okay in the episodes I've seen him on. He wasn't the best player, but he wasn't the worst. The best celebrity players had that special zip, the right way to perfectly nail the word or category--Barry Jenner stands out to me, although there are certainly numerous others. Pyramid had a crew of about ten or so upper tier players, then a tier of middle of the roaders, followed by some weak ones that didn't turn up a lot. Most of the frequently recurring celebrities were upper tier, although some were more erratic (Henry Polic II always gave you a competitive game, but he got tripped up when he made a mistake and isn't upper tier).
Posted Oct 5, 2010 @ 12:11 PM
Edited by river8101, Oct 12, 2010 @ 7:34 AM.
Posted Oct 26, 2010 @ 5:11 PM
Edited by GeneParmesan, Oct 26, 2010 @ 5:11 PM.
Posted Nov 18, 2010 @ 10:37 AM
Posted Feb 22, 2011 @ 8:47 PM
Richard Deacon and Preston(the civilian)got through the first five categories quickly, and for the sixth, "Things You Wrap," Preston said, "Things you unwrap" and "Things in wrapping paper," but the judges accepted neither. After a commercial, it was decided that Richard and Preston would be given another subject with 12 seconds on the clock(the time remaining when "Things You Wrap" flipped over). The category was "Things At A Party," and Preston won the 10 grand.
I know that when there was doubt about whether an answer fit the category or beat the buzzer, the tape would be played back, but I never saw another incident when they were given a do-over with another category.
Edited by smittykins, Feb 22, 2011 @ 8:48 PM.
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 4:33 PM
Posted Apr 18, 2012 @ 7:45 PM
Edited by smittykins, Apr 18, 2012 @ 7:47 PM.
Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 11:31 AM
RIP Dick Clark. I'll always remember how after a Winners' Circle loss, he'd say something similar to, "I have the perfect clue," like the contestant wants to keep guessing after he/she knows they didn't win. It was always funny how blunt he was with people, too.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 @ 12:26 AM
I watched the whole episode, and to me, it's why I loved Dick as a host- he's affable, helpful (tells the woman to read the word again because she obviously misread it) and playful in a way that he didn't show too often. I'm on the side that likes when Dick gives the extra help, just because I'd want to know if I could've gotten it, if only I'd heard the right prompt.
About a year ago, I came across the final episode of "The $20,000 Pyramid" from 1980 on YouTube.
Posted Jun 17, 2012 @ 7:55 AM
Posted Jun 17, 2012 @ 8:59 AM
Was he funny on the show?
Posted Jun 18, 2012 @ 9:32 AM
Funniest part was he was trying to get Bill Cullen to guess places where you might find romance. "Ranch" came up.
PF; oh,and this where cowboys find love.
BC: um, out in the west, on the plains...
PF: it's also a type of salad dressing.
BC: OH! Thousand Island!
He got to the end game twice (no $10,000 though), so he comes back at least once more. Unfortunately, GSN doesn't run the show in chronological order on the weekends, so who knows when he'll pop back up.
Edited by stinkymcgee, Jun 18, 2012 @ 9:34 AM.
Posted Jun 18, 2012 @ 12:21 PM
Oh, and as braggtastic said, what a haircut! It's worth tuning in just to see Paul Feig in a blond flat-top.
Posted Jun 19, 2012 @ 5:17 PM
Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 7:05 AM
Paul is really on a roll... his fourth appearance will be aired this morning, and he's up to about $30K. TiVo is at the ready!
Posted Jun 20, 2012 @ 4:18 PM
Paul Feig was a dapper dresser back then, too. They kept saying he was a cartoonist. Did he drop that after getting into stand-up?
Does each contestant stay for 5 days?
BTW, in the last winner's circle, Bill Cullen was giving the clues for Things That Are Removed, and he got buzzed on "A mistake from a page." I always get confused as to what's allowed. I figure he could have said "A mistyped word," though I don't think that's a good clue.