Card Sharks (1978–1989)

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Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.

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3 February 2019 | elisharankins
Another game show that needs to be brought back, i still watch the reruns. Its fun for those that gamble and those who dont. Everything hanging on the turn of the cards.

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Did You Know?


When the show returned to CBS, and after the Money Cards, contestants did not play for a car. On October 27, 1986, for the CBS version, a winning contestant received one Joker for winning the match. Three more were added to the Money Cards deck, and if a contestant uncovered them they received an additional chance to win the car. After the Money Cards round was over, a row of seven numbered cards was wheeled out, in front of them and the contestant placed whatever Jokers they'd earned over the cards in the hopes that behind one of them was the word "CAR". During the special weeks when children played, the top prize was a trip to Hawaii (with either "WIN" or "HAWAII" displayed on one of the cards) and the children were given two Jokers to start. From July 4, 1988 until the show's ending, the winning contestant had to correctly predict one final audience poll question. To record their guess, the contestant used a special prop with a dial and the numbers 0 through 10 on it. The contestant moved the dial to the number they thought was correct, and if it was they won the car. Missing by one in either direction won the contestant $500 as a consolation prize, while any other incorrect guess won nothing. On the final episode, however, if the contestant was even one off, they still won the car. This version of the car game was based on the "Judge the Jury" round on the short-lived Goodson game show, Mindreaders (1979).


Host: What do you do for a living?
Contestant: I'm a social chemist.
Host: Really? What's a social chemist?
Contestant: Bartender.
Contestant: Well, if a garbage man can be a sanitation engineer, I can be a social chemist!


On one taping, a contestant during sudden death turned over an Ace as her middle card and immediately called lower. The person in charge of the lights anticipated that she had won and started blinking almost immediately after Jim Perry turned over her last card...which was another Ace.


Card Sharks Theme
Previously used as theme from
Double Dare (1976)
Written by Edd Kalehoff (BMI)
Performed by Edd Kalehoff & The Score Production Band


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