(ended 1982)


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By 1980, Jack Barry and Dan Enright were branching out in many directions to produce game shows. It was a hit-or-miss proposition. Contrary to the title of this series, Bullseye was one of the misses. Two contestants had to answer questions, just like any other game show. How many correct answers were required and the value of each correct response, was randomized. At the start of each round, one contestant would hit a plunger painted like a standard bullseye. The randomizer would reveal first one category with a certain dollar amount($50-$200, later $100-$400), then a second category and another dollar amount. The last window of three revealed how many correct responses were needed to complete the "contract." A contract could be as few as one correct response or as many as five. Or it could be "bullseye," meaning the contestant could stop the contract or keep going at any time. Once a contract was completed, the contestant had the option of either banking the cash and surrendering control of the board to his/her opponent or risking the money, hoping to land more by completing another contract. The winner of a front game ($1,000/$2,000) hustled across stage to play the end game. Jim Lange greeted the contestant and a "bonus island," a shaky prop that ran across the stage by wires. The champion, once on the Bonus Island, kept hitting the plunger to rack up money. Each of the three windows revealed dollar amounts, a bullseye or, behind only one window, a bolt of lightning. The goal was to collect three bullseyes. Doing so won the contestant double the amount of cash collected and an assortment of prizes. Getting a bullseye allowed the contestant to "freeze" the window or (in the original version) keeping the window open to perhaps reach the $1000 total faster. Hit the lightning and the end game ended with no winnings. Since the end game had no monetary limit (unlike The Joker's Wild or Tic Tac Dough, if the three windows were not covered with bullseyes after ten safe spins (later reduced to seven spins), the contestant automatically won $5,000 (the contestant also won $5,000 if 3 bullseyes were spun on the very 1st spin). Otherwise, three bullseyes would mean a win + double the winnings collected. For the 1981-82 season, the show was retitled Celebrity Bullseye, with celebrities playing for charity. Front-game play was expanded into a best-two-games-out-of-three. The end game was strictly cash; no prizes.moreless