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The $10,000 Pyramid 

Two contestants, each with a celebrity partner, must guess words from their partners' clues; then the roles are reversed. Winners face the pyramid.
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Dick Clark ...  Himself - Host 3,202 episodes, 1973-1988
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The Object of the game is simple to get to the top of the Pyramid (aka "The Winner's Circle") in the shortest time possible. But to do so, contestants must face celebrities (goes back and forth) by naming as many answers (8 things from 1973 to 1974 & 7 from 1974 to 1992) in a particular category (subject) within 30 seconds. If a contestant (the winner) wins the game and they get the right to go to the Winner's Circle to try winning the grand cash prize and in which throughout the series has ranged from $2500 to $100,000 in 60 Seconds (1 Minute) after they fail to do so, "The Cash Blocks: has ranged from 1973 to 1992 from $50 to $300 are too can be collected. The 2 Greatest popular incarnations of the series are "The $50,000 & $100,000 Pyramids", where 3 or Greatest Top Winners who've been gone on top of the pyramid in the shortest amount of time return for The Tournament and in which the grand cash prizes are in 1981, It's Worth $50,000 and from 1985 to 1992, It's Worth $100,000. Written by Ben Hallums<benhallums1@hotmail.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

26 March 1973 (USA) See more »

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The $20,000 Pyramid See more »

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Mono (1973-1987)| Stereo (1987-2004)| SDDS (2012-Present)

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The highest scoring main games on the record (through some amazing tie-breakers) occurred on The Friday July 4 (Independence Day), 1975 Broadcast of "THE $10,000 PYRAMID" and that/this features/featuring/featured Lucie Arnaz & Anson Williams with the score of 45-44 & The Monday June 12, 1978 Broadcast of "THE $20,000 PYRAMID" with the score of 43-42 and that/this features/featuring/featured Sandy Duncan and Nipsey Russell. The celebrity guest star with his/her civilian partner, who was/is able to win at The Big $20,000 Pyramid in the quickest time on record was/is Billy Crystal on Friday December 2, 1977 with an amazing 26 seconds (while a few others have done it/do it/did it in 30 seconds) out of general time of "The Winner's Circle's" 60 Seconds (1 Minute.) See more »

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Host: For now, Dick Clark.
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Host: So long.
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TV's Most Durable Word Game
15 January 2013 | by hfan77See all my reviews

Since Bob Stewart left Goodson-Todman in the mid 60s to form his own production company, he has had successes such as Eye Guess, Personality and Three on a Match. But in 1973, he had the biggest hit of his career with The $10,000 Pyramid.

Derived from Password, Stewart loosened up the main game by allowing a player descriptive clues to get their partner to guess the word without revealing part of the answer. The winning team goes to The Winner's Circle where the clue giver faces the giant pyramid and gives clues to their partner so they can identify six subjects in 60 seconds. This is what makes Pyramid one of TV's greatest game shows. It is the best bonus round of any game show ever invented because it's 60 seconds of drama and suspense, two important elements needed for a successful game show.

Another element that made Pyramid a hit was host Dick Clark. The American Bandstand host brought to the proceedings something no other host has done. If a contestant loses the big money, he would give clues that would have helped the contestant win. He was the type of host who cared about the players and wanted them to win. Also hosting the various versions were Bill Cullen, John Davidson, Donny Osmond and Mike Richards. They did a really good job as hosts.

Also, there were many celebrities who were outstanding at the game. Some of the best Pyramid players were Soupy Sales, Anita Gillette, Betty White, Nipsey Russell and Henry Polic II.

Since its debut in 1973, the top prize has risen to 25, 50 and 100 thousand and there was also a version simply titled Pyramid and also The Pyramid. It's TV's most durable word game and it will put you in The Winner's Circle.


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