Friday, February 21, 2014

Game Time: Joker! Joker! Joker! (1979)

Joker! Joker! Joker! was a syndicated spin-off of The Joker's Wild, and aimed at children. There had been an annual tradition on the parent series during Easter when kids would play the game, similar to other shows using the promotion at Christmas.

Jack Barry served as both executive producer and host for the series' short run. No stranger to kids' shows, having previously presided over Juvenile Jury & Winky Dink & You, Barry found himself appearing on a network of stations, usually on Sunday afternoons, such as in New York on WWOR. No station in my market, that I know of, tried the show, which lasted just a year or two.

Sony now owns the rights to this series. CBS blew it by not taking a chance, but then, as we've discussed before, Saturday morning game shows, as CBS found out with Way Out Games & Video Village, Jr., for example, have short shelf lives.

Rating: A.

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