Lifespan: March 1968 - September 1970 (Not covered), April 1983 - June 1984
Host: Bob Eubanks
Assistant: Debbie Bartlett
Announcer: Johnny Gilbert
Produced by: Don Reid Productions
Front Game Rules
||Two married couples compete. Host Eubanks starts off by asking one member of each couple a true-false toss-up question. The couple that buzzes in with the right answer wins $50 and has the opportunity to select another question from four categories. After the category is picked, a question is read and two or three choices are given. The couple chooses their answer, and the other team can challenge with their own guess if they think they're wrong. The couple with the right answer won $100 (and an extra $50 on an unsuccessful challenge). The leaders after one round received a prize, and the team with the most money after two rounds won the game and advanced to the bonus round.
|Later in the show's run, the game was slightly changed. After the T/F question, the dollar value of the next question was decided by hitting their buzzer again which stopped their "Money Machine" at $50, $100, or $150. Also on the board was a "Prize" space which offered a bonus prize, "Turnover" which forfeited control of the question to the other team, and "No. Off" which knocked off an extra number in the bonus round (see below).
||The object of the bonus round was to find a three-number combination that would open the "Golden Doors" and award the grand prize: A brand new house. Each number had four possibilities; one number was taken off for each return visit by the couple, and they had the opportunity to knock off one more number in each row by answering a set of questions. The couples then chose one number in each row for their combination. If the combination matched the one chosen before the show, the Golden Doors opened and they won the house. Otherwise, they returned the next day. Any couple that won five straight games won the house automatically.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
It's not my fault. There's nothing I could've done. If you were left scratching your head while reading the rules wondering what the hell was going on, it's only because the rules were that confusing to begin with. The endgame will go down as one of the best build-ups of suspense in the genre, but getting there was more confusing than a tax booklet in pig latin. Bob Eubanks does a terrific job hosting the show; he clicked immediately with the couples theme and he really seemed to want them to win the house. I also liked the comfy set and the theme music. Again, it's not my fault that the rules seem so twisted. That's how they are.