Disney Channel 1987
|Moses-Reid-Cleary Productions 1959-1984|
The College Bowl Company/Lorimar 1984
Richard Reid Productions/The College Bowl Company 1987
The first ever televised quiz bowl. The format of this show would spawn a multitude of other academic bowls all over the nation.
The format was simple. Two four-member teams representing various colleges and universities competed; one member of each team was its captain. The game began with a "toss-up" question for ten points; the first player to buzz in got the right to answer, but if (s)he was wrong, the other team could try to answer (if a player buzzed in before the host finished reading the question and was wrong, the team was penalized five points). Answering a "toss-up" correctly earned the team the right to answer a multi-part "bonus" question worth up to thirty points (sometimes 35); the team members could collaborate, but only the captain was allowed to actually give the answer. The game continued in this manner, and was played in two halves. During halftime, the players were allowed to show a short promotional film of their school; or they might talk about career plans or the like. The team with the most points at the end of the game won a $1,500 scholarship. The losing team won $500.
Full Episode from 1966 (Princeton vs. Agnes Scott)