Go! (1983)

NBC (ended 1984)




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Go! (1983)

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Question: "What…" "is…" "one…" "site…" "that…" "has…" "a…" "guide…" "for…" "the…" "sixteen…" "week…" "run…" "of…" "the…" "game…" "show…" "Go?" (rings bell)

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The end game from the 1980 word association game Chain Reaction - a team working together to form questions for their teammate to answer - formed the premise of Go, an interesting word association game that lasted on NBC from October 3, 1983 to January 20, 1984.

Two teams of four members competed, each headed by a celebrity player. The teams were always related in some way (e.g., a 21-year-old college co-ed, her aunt and uncle, and her grandfather; three brothers and their sister).

One member of each team tries to answer a series of questions posed by his/her teammates. The first player sits between his teammates, who are shown a word. Working together, the two teammates form a question, adding one word at a time and ringing a bell to prompt an answer.

e.g.: "What…" "is…"" "made…" "up…" "of…" "four…" "quarts?" (rings bell) CONTESTANT: Gallon.

After each correct answer, the player moves to another seat to hear another question, with another teammate playing. The player is timed for how long it took to get five correct answers, with a player on the opposing team trying to beat that time. The maximum time was 99 seconds.

Up to four rounds were played, worth $250, $500, $750 and $1,250, respectively. The first team to $1,500 wins and advances to the bonus round for $10,000; however, if the team wins via clean sweep (wins the first three rounds and the opponents not scoring), the bonus round is played twice ($20,000 possible).

In the bonus round, a member of the team has up to 60 seconds to answer seven questions correctly, Go-style. That is, the first question requires all four teammates to alternate adding a single word to the question, and upon correct answers members of the team stepping aside (to leave three players to form the second question and two for the third). The celebrity partner gets to ask the fourth question by him/herself, and after that members of the team, one by one, re-enter to form the fifth, sixth and seventh questions (the seventh once again having four players trying to form the question). Each correct answer was worth $200, but getting all seven right was worth $10,000.

Teams stayed on for the entire week, switching celebrity partners for each new game.

Go had a really interesting concept, especially since players had to work together, think quickly and know what the other was thinking to win big (and some teams won handsomely, as more than $100,000 was possible). However, many viewers were apparently frustrated that they couldn't follow the gameplay or play along (like they could with The $25,000 Pyramid, also produced by Go's own Bob Stewart).

After 16 weeks and two potential interruptions (for the Detroit Lions' Thanksgiving Day game and the Rose Bowl, we assume), many viewers had already gone away from Go. The show had the unfortunate time period of 12:00 noon. In markets where NBC stations weren't running their local news, Go got overshadowed by kingpin Family Feud. NBC canned Go and replaced it with Hot Potato, the last game show co-produced by Jack Barry.moreless