Remember these retro CBC game shows?
Take a trip down memory lane with these classic game shows that aired on CBC.
The first season of Family Feud Canada has been a real blast, but it's not the only game show that's aired on CBC Television.
From quiz shows to panel-shows, CBC's history is filled with endless hours of game show entertainment. Early quiz shows dominated the radio airwaves in the 1940s. The format evolved for television audiences and guest panel shows became the norm.
Many of these formats were cheap to produce and easy to replicate, spawning several different shows throughout the decades. How many of these shows do you remember?
Front Page Challenge
Both John Aylesworth and Harvey Hart created this "infotainment" program in 1957. The show consisted of a panel of three journalists and a guest who would be challenged to identify a particular news story through interviewing a mystery guest. The show ran from 1957 to 1995 and featured guests that included Boris Karloff, Martin Luther King Jr. and Anne Murray.
Live A Borrowed Life
This late-1950s series adapted the format of Front Page Challenge. In each episode, the featured guests would play a historical figure and the guests had to guess who they were based on facts from their biography. Charles Templeton was the series host for the duration of the show. This series was produced all over Canada: Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg.
The Superior Sex
This Canadian game show pitted men and women against each other in a series of mini-competitions. Host Elwy Yost moderated each of the teams as they went head-to-head in activities such as golf putting, darts and quiz questions.
Flashback was a half-hour game show that featured a panel of four (three regulars and one weekly guest) who had three minutes to identify a mystery person, object or fad from the past. The show was originally hosted by Paul Soles and then Bill Walker until 1966.
This half-hour game show aimed at children was based on players advancing on a gameboard using jokes submitted by audience members. If the joke was good and made the audience laugh, they'd move forward a piece. If it was a bad joke, they fell backwards on the board. Winners could select a prize from six surprise bags, but one of the bags contained the "dud" prize — a duck.
This is the Law
This half-hour quiz show asked panel members to spot the obscure law that was breached in a silent sketch. The series was produced by Nigel Napier-Andrews, who also directed the filmed comedy sketches. The show was hosted originally by Paul Soles, who was later replaced by Austin Willis for the remainder of the show.
Just for Fun
Produced by Hedley Read, this short lived thirty-minute series was a children's game show for 7th grade students. The young contestants played lots of schoolyard games: bobbing for apples, hula-hooping or balancing broom sticks. Teams drew straws to determine who went first in a warm-up quiz that tested their general knowledge before the game rounds began.
This 1977 game show series featured a three-member panel, consisting of an astrologer, a palm-reader, a clairvoyant and a graphologist. Their task was to determine the identity of the mystery guest using only a sample of the guests writing, birth date and a visual of the guests palm. Panellists were given 90 seconds to make as many true statements in an attempt to discover the guests identity.
Reach for the Top
Alex Trebek hosted this game show before his Jeopardy fame. Four high school players on each team were asked to answer questions. The games would go for three rounds and each question was typically worth ten points. The tournament still exists today, with the last championship going to Westmount Secondary School of Hamilton, Ontario in 2018-2019.
This half-hour game show produced by John Cook and hosted by Jim Walsh was for elementary school children. Around six to seven students are selected and categorized into two groups: "QUIZ" and "KIDS". The questions that were asked were based on the children's knowledge of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, science, history and geography.
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