Guess What (Canadian game show)

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Guess What
GenreGame show
Created byNick Nicholson
E. Roger Muir
Directed bySidney M. Cohen
Rick Watts
Presented byRobin Ward
Narrated byNick Hollinrake
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Gerry Rochon
Producer(s)Sidney M. Cohen
Bill Burrows
Production location(s)CFCF-DT, Montreal, Quebec (1983)
CFTO-TV, Toronto, Ontario (1983-1987)
Running time30 minutes (w/commercials)
Production company(s)Glen-Warren Productions
CTV Originals
Original networkCTV Television Network
Original release1983 –

Guess What is a Canadian game show that aired from 1983 to 1987. The show was created by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir, the pair behind The Newlywed Game and a series of long-running Canadian productions such as Definition, and was a production of Glen-Warren Productions for CTV. Robin Ward served as the host while Nick Hollinrake announced.

Guess What originally was taped at CFCF-TV in Montreal, CTV's owned-and-operated station in the largest city in Quebec, with production later moving to CFTO-TV, CTV's Toronto-based flagship.

Main game[edit]

Guess What was played between two family teams with three players on each side. One was usually a returning champion.

Multiple Choice Questions[edit]

In each round, host Ward read a series of three questions, each with six possible answers displayed on the show's gameboard. Only one of these was correct, and control alternated between the teams one player at a time until someone guessed the correct answer. The value of each question started at sixty points, with ten being deducted for each wrong guess. Some of the questions featured audio or visual content.

Team Effort Question[edit]

Each round ended with a special question called the "Team Effort Question". These questions were simple multiple-choice questions, with A, B, C, or D as the choices. However, each team member chose an answer individually and the team was not allowed to converse prior to or after choosing an answer. To choose an answer, each player opened a compartment in the podium in front of them and picked a small sign with the corresponding letter on it to indicate their selection. After everyone had chosen an answer, Ward then asked for their answers one at a time moving from left to right.

If all three team members gave different answers and one was correct the team received twenty points. If two of them agreed on the right answer, they received fifty points. If all three team members answered correctly, one hundred points were awarded. A Team Effort Question also served as the final question of the day, and that question was played for a maximum of 300 points with 100 given for each correct answer. The team in the lead after the final Team Effort Question won the game and a small collection of prizes, and advanced to the bonus game for a chance to win more.

Bonus round[edit]

In the bonus round, the winning family were asked three more questions with four possible answers on the first question, five on the second, and six on the third. Each question was worth $50 and if the first two questions were answered correctly, the last question was worth a bonus prize; otherwise, it was played for an additional $50.

Any family that remained champions for seven consecutive episodes won a vacation and retired undefeated.