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Card Sharks is an American television game show created by Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions that saw 4 versions produced on NBC from 1978-81, a 2nd network run on CBS from 1986-89, a syndicated nighttime version from 1986-87 and an even shorter-lived syndicated revival in 2001.

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1 The 2001 revival Total annihilation of the original format
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2 Same Character Different Actor Bob Eubanks Replaces Jim Perry
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3 Contestants explaining answers We don't care why you choser higher or lower
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4 Never Boned Still rocks.
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5 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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1 Adding onto my previous thoughts, after having had the chance to see both the Perry-hosted and Eubanks-hosted incarnations of the show on GSN: My assessment now is that the show peaked with Bob Eubanks as host. Perry comes off as though he is just acting as a referee and getting a paycheck in exchange for his efforts. Eubanks, on the other hand, seems to genuinely enjoy hosting the show and interacting with the contestants. Maybe all that means is that Eubanks was the better actor/BSer of the two hosts, but the Eubanks-hosted episodes were definitely more entertaining to watch. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on December 27, 2016, 3:55 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Wanted to add on my previous thoughts, the 2001 version is till probably the worst revival of any game show ever. Pat Bullard is the living stereotype of the scharmy, corny game show host who doesn't care about the contestants and is just filling time until payday. The game play was completely ruined, with only one row of cards and those annoying Clip Chips. Oh, and the bonus round was horrible as well, making the contestants gamble away all of their winnings instead of keeping it like before. I did like the set though, as it was attractive and looked like a casino. I'd love to see the show come back though, with the old rules, although maybe make it trivia-based instead of survey-based. Finally, I've caught some Bill Rafferty episodes on YouTube, and he might be one the most underrated game show hosts ever. Maybe a bit too "New Yorkish" for some people, but he was funny, knew the game, and was warm with the contestants. RIP Bill, thanks for your service. -- Submitted By: (BBulaga75) on November 19, 2014, 2:06 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 The 2001 version was the only time I've ever contemplated suicide while watching a game show, or any TV show for that matter. Seriously, it was that bad. -- Submitted By: (BBulaga75) on May 22, 2012, 9:35 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 as a kid, when i was home sick, i would LOVE watching this show. it was simple enough and kinda fun to watch. too bad the new version was so bad. -- Submitted By: (VeritechRyan) on October 20, 2010, 4:37 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 kingbk: Could be, but a housewife-predominant daytime audience dosn't explain why the gender balance was pretty even for most game shows. The Price is Right was (and still is) a big exception, but in that case it made sense: "Bob-appeal" plus the fact that it's a shopping-oriented show explained the gender imbalance. But I never could figure what the deal was with Card Sharks. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 10, 2010, 7:25 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Mythigator, I have no idea why there were more female contestants than male contestants, but my fiancee noticed the same thing when we watched the show this morning on GSN. My guess is it was on when daytime audiences were still predominately housewives? Also in 2001 they changed from survey questions to people guessing the outcomes of tape recorded situations. It was poorly executed and just a big mess overall. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 10, 2010, 9:38 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I remember seeing the 70s version as a kid, and one thing I always wondered about was why there were never two men as the contestants. It was two women the majority (about two-thirds, IIRC) of the time; the rest of the time, one man and one woman. Never two men. Did the show go to that little trouble to recruit male contestants, or did it just have that little appeal among men who wanted to go on game shows? If anyone has any info about this, I'd be interested in hearing it. As for the show itself, the 70s version still rocks. I haven't seen any of the later incarnations so I can't speak to those, but I'm curious about WHY the 2001 version was a stinker? Again, anyone with info, please share. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on May 10, 2010, 7:28 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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