The Krypton Factor (1981)

ABC (ended 1992)


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Are you the perfect human being? You say yes? Well, then The Krypton Factor was the game for you. Based on the British game of the same name, this five-week summer series, which aired during the late summer of 1981, was designed to crown the ultimate human being through a series of mental and physical tests. Four contestants competed each week during the first four weeks. Five rounds were played, as thus: • Round 1 – The players played a video game to test eye-hand coordination. Successfully completing an announced goal was worth points, with bonus points added based on performance. • Round 2 – A two-part mental agility test. In the first part, host Clark read each contestant a series of letters (B, D, Q, M, S) and he/she had to repeat the sequence using the next letter (C, E, R, N, T). Part two involved a list of numbers (6, 9, 32, 18, 6, 11) and the player having to read the list back using the preceding number (5, 9, 31, 17, 5, 10). The contestant had to read back both lists correctly to win points; taking too much time or giving an incorrect answer disqualified that player from scoring on that test. • Round 3 – An obstacle course, not unlike that seen on the later American Gladiators. The players had to navigate an obstacle course, full of unseen hazzards and stuntmen who tried to make their progress more difficult. Scoring was based on how each player finished. Note: The obstacle course was pre-taped, and highlights of each player's performance was shown. • Round 4 – The players viewed a movie clip, and host Clark asked questions about what they had seen. Questions tended to focus more on what most people would not necessarily notice (such as the clothes someone was wearing or how many trees there were in the background). Points were awarded for correct answers. • Round 5 – A three-minute general knowledge quiz. Correct answers were worth two points, while wrong answers deducted two. At the 90-second mark, the point values increased to four. The contestant with the most points won, won $5,000 in gold(!) and advanced to the championship contest (contested on the fifth and final program). The four weekly winners competed in a one-game showdown, with the winner receiving $50,000. The game returned in the early 1990s, with Willie Aames (of Eight is Enough and Charles in Charge fame) hosting. Children ages 10-14 competed in contests somewhat similar to the ABC version (toned down for the kiddies, though), and the top eight boys' and girls' winners returned for semi-final and final showdowns. The winner of the championship show (which was the season and series finale) won $20,000.moreless