Game Show Moments Gone Bananas

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Game Show Moments Gone Bananas
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Genre Clip show
Presented by Ben Stein
Narrated by Randy West
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 5
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) FremantleMedia
Release
Original network VH1
Original release May 21 (2005-05-21) – June 18, 2005 (2005-06-18)
External links
Website

Game Show Moments Gone Bananas is a television series on VH1. The first of five hour-long episodes aired on May 21, 2005 with the last first-run episode airing on June 18. Each episode aired for the first time on Saturday mornings at 11:30 ET, but "officially" premiered at 10:00 PM that night.

The entire series was released on DVD by BCI Home Entertainment on September 23, 2008.[1] The series was later re-released on DVD in 2010 by Mill Creek Entertainment. The series has also been aired on Game Show Network (GSN) in the past.

Premise[edit]

Ben Stein showed a studio audience classically hilarious game show moments ranging from the 1950s through the present.

"Characters" and Themes[edit]

  • Ben Stein: Host
  • Mr. Game Show: A puppet tribute to Don Pardo, who introduced the lousy prizes won by audience members. The puppet Mr. Game Show was part of an electronic toy game from the late 1980s. Randy West provided the voice for Mr. Game Show.
  • Top 5: A countdown of the Top 5 of something in game shows, presented by a television personality that was somehow related to the countdown
  • Bananas: Seen throughout the show
  • Games: Members of the studio audience reenacted the classic moments featured on shows such as Family Feud and Beat the Clock to win a low-quality prize (a grocery product) such as a bottle of Phillips' Milk of Magnesia or a box of Little Debbie Honey Buns

Featured Shows[edit]

Since FremantleMedia produced the series, all clips were from programs that they produced or owned the rights to, including all Mark Goodson-Bill Todman and Reg Grundy productions. Thus, programs like The Newlywed Game and Hollywood Squares, which had been featured on similar game-show retrospectives, were not featured. The Price Is Right, which had been absent from other shows, was featured.

Also notable by their absence were the Jack Narz and Alex Trebek versions of Concentration, despite being produced by Goodson-Todman. This is presumably due to NBC's ownership and the fact that the format was merely licensed to the company.

The specials also featured rare and never-before-seen clips from the FremantleMedia archives, including the 1975 pilot of Showoffs hosted by Larry Blyden, a 1989 pilot of the ABC Match Game hosted by Bert Convy, and the 1972-1977 nighttime syndicated version of The Price Is Right hosted by Dennis James.

Episode List/Top 5[edit]

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