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Musical Showcase

Musical Showcase was a half-hour extravaganza series produced in two versions - one in English and one in French. Denny Vaughan lead a nine-piece orchestra as part of the series. Guest artists' songs, with the orchestra, provided musical clues for the on-air game. For instance, a question about the length of the Golden Gate Bridge might follow the s ...

AkaBA Musical Showcase
Original Airdates1965-1967
TypeSeries

New Beat the Clock, The

★

When the classic game show Beat the Clock was revived in 1969, it was produced in New York for one season before moving to Montreal. In the game, celebrity guest contestants and the Beat The Clock contestants raced the clock to perform entertaining stunts for cash prizes. This CTV version was hosted by Jack Narz for the first two seasons before he was r ...

AkaBeat the Clock
Original Airdates1970-1974
TypeSeries

New Liar's Club, The

★★★½

New Liar's Club, The The New Liar's Club was a revival of the American comedy game show from the 70's where celebrity panelists try to mislead contestants about the true identity of a rare object. This new version was produced by Blair Murdoch in Vancouver.

Original Airdates1988-1989
TypeSeries

Opposite, Opposite Sexes

★★★

Mike Darrow was host of the adult game show, Opposite, Opposite Sexes, on Global Television from Monday to Thursday. The show featured engaged or married couples competing on answers to questions about sexuality and marriage.

Original Airdates1976-1977
TypeSeries

Party Game, The

★★★★

This simple charade game show offered the "home team" regulars and their guest opponents, a loosely structured format within which they could show off all their talents for acting, mimicry, comedy and ad-libbing.

Original Airdates1970-1981
TypeSeries

Pay Cards

★★★½

Pay Cards Two contestants competed to built poker hands in this card game which closely resembled "Concentration". American Art James came to Montreal to host the game show which ran for 2 years on CTV. A new and improved version of the television poker game, Super Pay Cards aired in the 1981-82 season.

AkaSuper Pay Cards (new title)
Original Airdates1973-1975; 1981-1982
TypeSeries

Photo Finish

★★★★

Photo Finish was a game show produced in Montreal by Dan Enright for Columbia-Screen Gems and hosted by Jack Barry. In the show a picture was covered by pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and contestants would answer questions in order to have jigsaw pieces removed from the picture. The goal was to identify the event or person depicted in the picture. Photo Fini ...

Original Airdates1967-1968
TypeSeries

Pitfall

★★★★½

Pitfall A game show where contestants answer questions on a series of futuristic looking platforms that lower the players when a question is answered incorrectly.

Original Airdates1981-1982
TypeSeries

Puppet People

★★★★½

Puppet People Ventriloquist Jerry Layne hosted Puppet People with his puppets Lester and Herbie. The program was produced at CFCF-TV in Montreal by Sidney M. Cohen and combined pre-taped comedy sketches which were played into a game show featuring children answering questions based on the sketches.

Original Airdates1971-1973
TypeSeries

Quiz Kids

★★★½

Quiz Kids was a half-hour game show for elementary school children produced in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Each week a whole class arrived at the studio. From the class, six children are selected and divided into two groups, three under the word "QUIZ" and three under the word "KIDS." A panel was asked to choose a number which lit up, and the category o ...

Original Airdates1978-1985
TypeSeries

Reach for the Top

★★★★

Reach for the Top The televised Reach for the Top series was first shown on CBC affiliate CBUT in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1961. The first national Reach for the Top tournament took place in 1965. The series was filmed at locations across Canada with the national championships held in Montreal, Quebec. In 1968 a short-lived Trans-World Top Team series was created b ...

Original Airdates1961-
TypeSeries

Scramble

Scramble was a short-lived truth-or-consequences type of show on CJAY-TV in Winnipeg. It was an audience-participation program where eight contestants chosen prior to the show were dressed in size 48 coveralls and divided into teams. They then tried to put together a jigsaw puzzle. The first contestant to do this had to "scramble" and off he went on a t ...

Original Airdates1961
TypeSeries

Second Honeymoon

★★★★★

Second Honeymoon was a Vancouver-produced game show in which children answered questions about their parents. The family with the most points at the end of the game won the grand prize second honeymoon.

Original Airdates1987-1988
TypeSeries

Showdown

Showdown Host Paul Hanover was on hand every week to guide the musical game of Showdown, the CTV show that featured musical mysteries, memory testing, and offered exciting prizes. The programs were based on the ability of contestants to recognize popular tunes. In February, 1962, a new twist was added that brought the viewing audience right into the game. A s ...

Original Airdates1961-62
TypeSeries

Something in Common

Something in Common Something in Common was a panel game show in Winnipeg with moderator Jim Gibson and regular panelists Gene Telpner, Florence Faiers, and James C. Baird. In the show, two contestants, with something in common, appeared on the show as a team and panelists had to guess what it was that the contestants had in common. Don Browne-Wilkinson produced.

Original Airdates1960
TypeSeries

Strategy

★★★★★

Strategy was a CBC game show laid out on a studio floor, with the human participants as markers. Host Alex Trebek asked the contestants questions from the centre of a large playing surface, which resembled a dartboard. With each correct answer the contestants, usually married couples, moved closer and closer to the centre of the board. With correct answ ...

Original Airdates1969
TypeSeries

Superior Sex, The

Superior Sex, The The Superior Sex was a CBC panel-quiz show, with Elwy Yost as moderator. The four regular panelists and four guest panelists each week were made up of equal numbers of both sexes, men on one team and ladies on the other. They competed against each other in quizzes, and games such as darts and golf-putting, to see which sex was the superior— on that occa ...

Original Airdates1961
TypeSeries

Supermarket Sweep

★★★★

Supermarket Sweep A scaled down Canadian version of this game show was produced between 1992 and 1995. Three contestants answer trivia dealing mainly with food or other grocery items. The final challenge of the show was for the contestants to go on a supermarket sweep, and they have to sprint around the store with their carts and collect groceries. The carts are sent ...

Original Airdates1992-1995
TypeSeries

Supertown Challenge

A parody of game shows such as "Family Feud." Contestants from two towns (with real names of small towns in Canada) play assorted games, including "The Wheel of Different Things" (which is rigged) and "Shameless Plug" (where the town makes a creative presentation showcasing their town). The winner is declared "Supertown" for a week. The contestants are ...

Original Airdates1998-2000
TypeSeries

Take a Chance

Take A Chance, once a radio quiz show, was revamped for CTV by Roy Ward Dickson, its host and creator. The weekly quiz show was produced in the studios of Toronto's private station, CFTO-TV, starting Oct. 2, 1961. The program had a live audience, with Sheila Billings (Miss Toronto of 1955) as hostess. She helped contestants test their skill at word game ...

Original Airdates1961-1965
TypeSeries

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