Tuesday, September 13, 2016

It Should've Been on a Saturday: Junior Partner Pyramid (1979)

In 1979, ABC and producer Bob Stewart experimented with a juvenile version of The $20,000 Pyramid, subbing out celebrities in favor of contestants having their children play with them.

Junior Partner Pyramid had its origins with a special theme week under the Junior Pyramid label in July of 1979. Had I known about this, I probably would've been watching. Two months later, another set of episodes were taped, but they had no idea that ABC's Saturday morning lineup had been delayed two weeks, with premieres on September 23 instead of September 9 as originally scheduled. This new set of episodes began taping on September 19, and were broadcast in October & November. ABC also tried out a primetime All-Star Junior Pyramid special, and we'll see if we can locate that one.

For now, though, let's take a look at a sample episode from October of 1979.

Marla Wygart-Becker, a contestant on the show, posted the above video. It should be worth noting that Procter & Gamble was a primary sponsor, but would subsequently sell off two of the products advertised in commercials. Coast soap is now made by another company, and Folgers coffee was spun off into its own company. And for those of you that wonder about the Pillsbury Dough Boy ad, the Dough Boy's voice belongs to Paul Frees, who essayed the part until his passing.

Rating: A.

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