- Knockout (game show)
show_name = Knockout
director = William Cayton
country = USA
language = English
producer = William Cayton
runtime = 25 min.
October 3, 1977
April 21, 1978
imdb_id = 0157904
Knockout was an
NBCgame show that aired from October 3, 1977to April 21, 1978. A Ralph Edwardsproduction, it was hosted by Arte Johnson, with announcing duties handled first by Jay Stewartand later by John Harlan.
A British version of the show, called "
Odd One Out", aired from 1982to 1985.
The object of the game was to find one thing from a list of four items that was not related to the other three. For example:
*New York Yankees
*Tampa Bay Devil Rays
The players would be shown a question with the possible answers (like shown above) and the first player to buzz-in would try to figure out what did not belong "(the answer for the example would be "Miami Dolphins")". A correct answer earned a player a letter in the word "KNOCKOUT" which was displayed on his or her podium.
In addition to the letter, the player with the correct answer had a chance to earn more letters by figuring out the common category of the remaining three words "(which in this case would be baseball teams)" or by daring one of his or her opponents to answer. If the contestant answered correctly or the dare was successful, he or she earned two letters. If the dared player identified the bond, he or she earned two letters for himself or herself.
If the dare was successful, there was one more choice to make. He or she could dare the third player for another two letters or just give the answer for only one letter. If the contestant scored a "6-letter play" by successfully daring both opponents and then solving the category he or she also won a $300 bonus. (6 $50 bills)
The first player to light up his or her word (lighting up all 8 letters in the word KNOCKOUT) won the game and a chance to play for up to $5000 in the bonus round.
blooperoccurred in one episode: One board listed a famous athlete as "MOE DIMAGGIO", and Johnson joked that Moe "could be his older brother".
The Knockout bonus round was played in two parts.
Three items with a common category were revealed to the winning contestant one at a time, with the contestant trying to identify the category. If the contestant did so on the first word, it was worth $500. $300 was given for doing so on the second word, and if it took all three words, the contestant won $100.
The second part of the bonus (referred to on the air by Johnson as "The 10 to 1 Special Knockout Bonus") was played for 10 times what the player had won in the first half of the bonus game. A player was presented with a choice of the top line, the second line, or the bottom line, after which a clue was revealed. Using the clue he or she picked, the winning contestant had to identify the subject. Doing so won the money.
A player could stay on for five days or until he or she lost twice. All five-time champions won a car.
Monty Hall's short-lived " It's Anybody's Guess," "Knockout" marked Ralph Edwards' third attempt at a daytime game on NBC in three years. After failing with two different short-lived versions of " Name That Tune," which had become a major hit off network, he banked on the appeal of former " Laugh-In" star Johnson, who had, in the intervening years since that show's cancellation, become a regular panelist on games like " Hollywood Squares" and " Match Game."
Johnson's popularity, however, was no match for ABC's "
Family Feud," which was on its way to becoming daytime's most popular game at 11:30 a.m./10:30 Central. "Knockout" got only a six-month run before NBC replaced it with a revamped " High Rollers." As for Edwards, he would never again attempt a daytime network show, preferring to stick to syndication for "Tune" and later shows like " The People's Court."
All episodes do exist, though it was originally thought that the show was supposedly erased. One episode is known to survive among traders, and another exists at
the Paley Center for Media.
* [http://web.archive.org/web/20021209093454/tv-gameshows.com/knockout/index.html The Knockout Fan Page (found at archive.org)]
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