NBC (ended 1993)


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One of the most popular home board games of the early 1990s was "Scattegories," where contestants had to list as items in a category starting with a particular letter. In late 1992, some bright bird brain at NBC decided the board game would make a wonderful game show. Thus, Scattegories was born. This short-lived show was actually quite a bit of fun, but awful execution and a disorganized, slapped-together look doomed the show to a short run. Two teams of four contestants each - one all males and the other all females, and one a returning championship team - competed. Host Clark announced a category (e.g., something found under a little boy's bed); the team chosen to go first was given a letter (e.g., G). The team had 20 seconds to list up to six items in that category (they had to give at least four to advance to the next part of the round). Each appropriate response worth 1 point. The opposing team could then challenge any of the responses for any reason; if a majority of the jury (a gallery composed of 12 former contestants) agreed, that answer was deleted and 1 point deducted from the score. However, if the jury disagreed, the first team won extra points. In the second part of the round, the team chose four out of five celebrities, whose pre-taped answers were then played. The team won a point if the celebrity gave a different answer, but lost a point if the answer was the same. After play finished on that question, the other team played the same category using a different letter (e.g., "L"). A second round, with double point values, was played with a new category. The team leading at the end of the second round won $500 and advanced to the bonus round. In the bonus round, a new category was announced and five letters shown; the team had 25 seconds to list 10 words, two words for each letter. Each celebrity was assigned a letter, and their pre-taped response was played. If at least three celebrities gave different responses than those given by the team of contestants, the team won the jackpot - $4,000 plus $1,000 per show it went unclaimed; otherwise, the team won $200 per celebrity not matched. Original episodes aired for 13 weeks, with reruns filling out the remainder of Scattegories' run. Apparently, most people thought playing the board game (which did not involve the celebrity element) at home was way more fun than watching it on TV. Coincidentally, everyone who competed received a copy of the "Scattegories" home game.moreless