Monopoly (game show)

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Created by Merv Griffin
Written by Sharon Safianoff-Jones
Directed by Kevin McCarthy
Presented by Mike Reilly
Kathy Davis
Kathy Karges
Michelle Nicholas
Narrated by Charlie O'Donnell
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 12 (+1 pilot)
Producer(s) Burt Wheeler
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Merv Griffin Enterprises
King World Productions
Original network ABC
Original release June 16, 1990 (1990-06-16) – September 1, 1990 (1990-09-01)

Monopoly is an American television game show based on the board game of the same name. The format was created by Merv Griffin and produced by his production company, Merv Griffin Enterprises.

Monopoly aired as a summer replacement series on ABC along with Super Jeopardy!, a special tournament edition of Griffin's popular quiz show. Monopoly premiered on June 16, 1990, and aired following Super Jeopardy! for twelve consecutive Saturday nights until September 1, 1990.

Former Jeopardy! contestant Mike Reilly was chosen to host the series, with Charlie O'Donnell as announcer. Three separate women, Kathy Davis, Kathy Karges, and Michelle Nicholas, served as the co-host/dice roller.


Three contestants play, each represented by a color (red, gold, and green). There are three rounds.

In the first round, the players attempted to take control of the various properties on a giant Monopoly board. To do so, they had to solve crossword-style clues. The first letter of each answer was given to the players, and each side of the four-sided board, referred to as "blocks" (with the block containing the five properties between the Go to Jail corner and "GO" referred to as the "high rent district"), had a different starting letter for clues. Each clue was a toss-up, and answering correctly won money equal to the value of the property, from $60 for Mediterranean Avenue to $400 for Boardwalk. Answering incorrectly deducted that value from a player's score. In the event that all three players failed to answer a clue, the property value was cut in half and another clue was read.


Merv Griffin created the series and served as executive producer. Monopoly was paired with Super Jeopardy! for its 12-week run on ABC.

Coincidentally, host Mike Reilly competed on the television game show Jeopardy! in 1989.[1] Reilly later worked as a waiter before being selected a year later by producer Merv Griffin to perform as a contestant on the pilot for Monopoly.[2] After the pilot with Peter Tomarken as host was taped, Reilly was selected as host.[3]

International Version[edit]

A Welsh version of the show, hosted by Derec Brown aired on S4C for a brief period in 1992.


  1. ^ McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television. Penguin Books. p. 565. ISBN 9780140249163. 
  2. ^ Lipton, Lauren (1990-06-16). "Reilly's Monopoly on Cockiness". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 
  3. ^ "He's passed go and collected much more than $200". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 1990-07-08. Retrieved 2008-10-10. 

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