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Spiel #1: "Today, Every Second Counts for three lucky couples who will try to win these beautiful prizes and this exciting brand new car on television's newest comedy game show, Every Second Counts! And now, here is the man who makes every second count, Bill Rafferty!"
Spiel #2: "These lucky couples have all won exciting prizes including a brand new car. And today, three more lucky couples will have their chance to win this (insert car) on television's funniest game show, Every Second Counts! And now, here is the man who makes every second count, Bill Rafferty!"
This is an article for the 1984-85 Syndicated series, for the unsold 2009 Pilot, see Every Second Counts (2).
Every Second Counts is the one-year game show where contestants win seconds by answering questions.
Three couples competed in a game of answering questions & earning time.
The game was played in two rounds, one player from each couple would play in the first round, while their partners would play in the second round. Each round has three categories with nine dual-choice questions, either true/false, yes/no or this/that (mostly with a funny flair, hence why the show was billed "TV's newest comedy/funniest game show" in the opening). Some categories were named after the this/that choices. On each category, host Rafferty read each couple an item, a word, a name or a statement. A correct answer would earn seconds, while a wrong answer eliminated the couple from the remainder of the category; this is classified as being "frozen out". The category continued until all nine questions were asked or if all three couples missed a question & were locked out.
Values of SecondsEdit
- Round 1 - 2 seconds
- Round 2 - 4 seconds
The couple with the greatest amount of time at the end of the game wins and goes on to the bonus round. If two or all three teams are tied, another set of questions were asked. The first team(s) that give(s) an incorrect answer loses.
In the bonus round, the winning couple used their winning time to answer a certain number of questions on four levels to win prizes. On each level, host Rafferty gave a choice of two categories, each with three possible answers to be used on all questions. Once a category was chosen, Bill started asking a series of rapid-fire multiple-choice questions from the chosen category. Each right answer brought the couple one step closer to completing that level.
Each level required a different number of questions answered correctly to complete:
- Level 1 - 4 questions
- Level 2 - 5 questions
- Level 3 - 6 questions
- Level 4 - 7 questions
Each completed level won a prize, and completing all four levels before time expired also won a brand new car. If they don't win the car, they still win $100 for each correct answer on the level they don't complete.
- Los Angeles - KCOP
- San Francisco - KTZO (now KOFY)
- Washington, DC - WJLA
- Detroit - WDIV
- Seattle - KING
- Sacramento - KOVR
- Indianapolis - WISH
- Kansas City - KEKR (now KSMO)
- Tulsa - KOTV
- Portland, ME - WCSH
- Rochester, NY - WHEC
Countries that have previously aired their versions of Every Second Counts include:
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
Although it wasn't a big success in America, one year after the show's cancellation, a new & more popular English version premiered with Paul Daniels as host. It enjoyed a nice seven-year run on BBC One from 1986 until 1993. Unlike the US version, each couple had a choice of two categories before a question was asked. This version also included a mini-game in between rounds where Daniels would ask a question to each couple, again, after choosing a category. Once Paul finished reading the question, the couple would have 10 seconds to answer correctly (allowing multiple guesses); if successful, whatever time remained on their clock would be added to their score. Also, if the game ended in a tie, a toss-up question was asked, with the first couple to ring in with a correct answer scoring one second and winning the game.