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Series cast summary:
Bobby Van ...  Himself - Host 23 episodes, 1975
Gene Wood Gene Wood ...  Himself - Announcer 23 episodes, 1975


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Family | Game-Show







Release Date:

30 June 1975 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The sound effects used on this show would later be reused on Family Feud (1976). The bell clang which sounded whenever a teammate guessed the word correctly became the clang for revealing answers on Family Feud. The dings for winning a game also was later heard on Family Feud for a #1 answer in the Face-Off, a family winning the game, and answering the Fast Money round questions in the regulated amount of time. The time's-up buzzer was later used on Family Feud as the strike buzzer. When a player lost the bonus round, the "Losing Horns" fanfare from The Price Is Right (1972) was played. See more »


Remade as Body Language (1984) See more »

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A Show Tainted by Tragedy
12 August 2010 | by hfan77See all my reviews

I remember watching Showoffs, the show that replaced the long-running hit Password in the summer of 1975. Prior to the show's debut, Larry Blyden, who hosted the pilot, went on vacation to Morocco and he was killed in a car accident. Goodson-Todman, the company that produced the show was in a state of shock but the show went on with a new host, Bobby Van. He's a very talented actor and singer who appeared in movies such as Lost Horizon, where he sang a song titled "Question Me an Answer" but he never hosted a game show. His inexperience showed but after a while he became more comfortable in the charades format.

The game itself was OK, even though it didn't involve the home viewer as much since the words were shown on the screen. I also recognized a bunch of sound effects that were later used on Family Feud. But unfortunately, Van's inexperience and a time slot of noon on the East Coast hurt the show's chances for success. It would have had a longer run if Blyden was the host since he had the personality, enthusiasm and an outstanding rapport with celebrities and contestants.

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