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    Supermarket Sweep

    Supermarket Sweep

    ABC (ended 2003)
    "Hey, the next time you're at the checkout counter and you hear the beep, think of all the fun you can have on, Supermarket Sweep! Following many years of waiting in the check out lines at local supermarkets Al Howard, with his wife, Alice, wondered what it would be like if just once the manager came to him and asked, "How would you like to run wild through the market and grab everything you can get your hands on and it won't cost you a cent!?" The idea of Supermarket Sweep was born. But, Al realized that he needed more than just 'running through a market' to make a successful game show, so he came up with other features, all relating to products we typically find in a market. Than he took his new show to ABC-TV and soon the show was viewed all across America, five days-a-week at 11 a.m. Eventually, Sweep went off ABC-TV but over the years, the TV audience never forgot the show that looked entirely different from any other game show. After all, what other show allows you to grab a supermarket shopping cart and act out your fantasy! Lifetime TV put the show back on in 1990. This time, Al created an exciting new element: the "Bonus Round." $5000 in cash was hidden somewhere in the market and a contestant team was given 60 seconds to find it. They had to solve 3 clues in that amount of time and if they did, their reward was the $5000 in cash! Have contestants been successful in finding the big money? Well, the record shows that up to this point in time, Supermarket Sweep has given away close to two million dollars in cash! (Yes, that's $2,000,000.00) The program used to be seen on PAX TV, but the show is no longer seen as of right now. But since PAX is famous for being America's "Family Network," the show is a perfect fit for them. After all, going to the supermarket is a family experience!moreless
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    ABC (ended 1990)
    Merv Griffin got the rights from Parker Brothers to produce this memorable short-lived prime time summer series, produced in stereo for ABC.

    Three contestants competed (red/gold/green) in this crossword clue game. The first round had contestants earning properties by correctly guessing the crossword clue (if no one guessed, another toss-up was asked & the price of the property was slashed in half IE: North Carolina Ave. for $150). Then if two or all three owned a different property, it would be fought out until one player has a monopoly! Eight properties were settled.

    During commercial, the landlords (contestants) placed houses & hotels ($50 each no matter what area, but must build evenly) on their property(ies).

    Round two had the hostess toss the dice as they went around the board. When landing on a property, the owner gets a crack to answer the question. If not, the opponents could steal that rent.

    Besides the Community Chest & Chance, there was...

    RAILROADS: Whoever answers the toss-up gets to go to an opponent's monopoly. There they must answer three (or two) clues correctly to take over that monopoly. A miss would cost them the rent (IE: Hotel on Pennsylvania; $1,400).

    UTILITIES: Toss up question played for 10x the throw of the dice.

    INCOME TAX: 10% of cash on hand.

    JAIL: Hostess locked contestants up (NO!). Just pay the $50.

    FREE PARKING: A toss-up for money in Free Parking (starts @ $500, can be added through Luxury Tax, Income Tax & Jail).

    After time expired, the hotels (& houses) were cashed in & the contestant with the most money won the game!

    The bonus round had the contestant throw the dice. Before the round started, the player placed 4 GO TO JAIL squares (one on any square from St. Charles Place-New York Avenue, another one on any square from Kentucky-Marvin Gardens, & two on any square from Pacific Ave.-Boardwalk). The contestant had 4 rolls to go around the block (doubles earned an extra roll). For each square pass is $100. Players can take the money or hope to roll a good number. Landing on GO TO JAIL made the player lose any bonus winnings. If the player passed GO, s/he collects $25,000! If they exactly land on GO, it paid $50,000 (which never happened).moreless