Free 4 All
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|Free 4 All|
|Created by||Stone-Stanley Productions|
|Presented by||Mark Walberg|
|Country of origin||USA|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original run||June 27, 1994 – November 4, 1994|
Free 4 All is a short-lived Stone-Stanley game show hosted by Mark Walberg that aired on USA Network from June 27 to November 4, 1994. For its first month, it was paired with another Stone-Stanley game show Quicksilver which aired immediately before Free 4 All on the network's afternoon game show block. However, Free 4 All proved less successful and was cancelled after only four months and only Quicksilver remained until the network ended its game show block for good in October 1995.
Free 4 All was a basic question-and-answer game consisted between two teams of three players. The reason to why it was called Free 4 All was that all of the six players could buzz-in if they thought they knew the correct answer.
The first round followed a slight variation of the "toss-up / bonus" format common in scholastic quiz bowl team competition: If a player answered a toss-up question correctly, that player's team received the opportunity to answer a bonus question; however, unlike in most quiz bowl tournaments,
- the team could choose the subject-matter category of the bonus question from among four alternatives, with game administrators then removing the team's choice from the list of alternatives and adding a different category in its place;
- the player who correctly answered the toss-up (rather than the captain as in usual practice) was charged with answering the bonus question; and
- that player could not confer with his or her teammates about the bonus question.
A player's incorrectly answering the toss-up question gave the other team a chance to answer it ("bounce back").
Each correct answer in Round One was worth 25 points; toss-up/bonus cycles continued until time expired for Round One.
The trailing team or the team that won the coin-toss if round one ended in a tie was given their choice of four categories to begin the round. All questions in round two were worth 50 points, and were always toss-up questions. New categories replaced selected ones, and the choice went to the team with the last right answer.
Round 3 was the speed round. Host Walberg read a series of questions from a specific category. ("Bodies of Water" might be actual bodies of water, or people or places with water names.) A right answer scored 75 points for the team that answered correctly, and the team with the most points at the end of the round (90 seconds in length) won the game and prizes. If there was a tie, the next question in the packet broke the tie in favor of the team that answered correctly.
The bonus round gave the winning team the chance to win a trip. The team lined up in whatever order they wished, and was presented 10 categories. The team had 60 seconds for the player at the front of the line to choose a category and answer a question. Each right answer won $100 for the team. Regardless of the answer, that category was taken out of play. After time ran out or all the categories were chosen, the bonus prize was revealed from behind one of the categories. If the team answered that question correctly, or if they answered all 10 questions correctly before time expired, they won the trip. Whether or not they won the grand prize, they divided any money won by the team.
- TV Guide - June 25-July 1, 1994 (listed as Family Trivia Game despite being never known as that on air for its first month)
- The Intelligencer - November 4, 1994 via Newspaperarchive.com