Bill Cullen
Bob Clayton
CBS Daytime: 4/3/1978 - 6/30/1978
Bob Stewart Productions

"Ladies and gentlemen, these 4/3/2 players are about to make instant decisions under pressure. Only the last survivor will win the game and all the money, on "Pass the Buck". With your host, Bill Cullen!"

SPIEL 2 (if the show starts with the Fast Bucks round):
"This is (Contestant's name, occupation, hometown).  He's/She's about to try for $5,000 in 15 seconds, on "Pass the Buck" with your host, Bill Cullen!"

A game show where players are given a category and have to list as many possible answers that fit.

Main GameEdit

Four players compete. A category is revealed (e.g., "Food eaten at a fast food restaurant") and the contestants must come up with as many items that fit it as they can. The order of contestants giving answers goes down the line from left to right, with each giving one answer on his/her turn. The bank for each game starts at $100, and each correct answer adds $25. The most money ever accumulated in the bank was $1,400.

If at any point a player repeats a previous answer or gives an answer that the judges rule incorrect, the next player in line can give one correct answer and knock that person out of the game, with the eliminated player going to the "bullpen" to sit out the rest of the game. If the second person misses as well, the next person in line can knock out both contestants who answered wrong; if the third person also misses, the fourth can eliminate all three with a correct answer. If all the players alive during a question give consecutive incorrect answers for a question, that question is thrown out and play resumes with a new question. A new round begins after a player (or players) are eliminated from the game played under the same process.

Play continues until one player is left, with that last player winning the contents of the bank and going on to the "Fast Bucks" bonus round.

Fast BucksEdit

The Fast Bucks round is played on a triangular board with four different levels - one box on the top level, two on the second, three on the third, and four on the bottom.

The winning player begins on the bottom level and is given a category with more defined answers (e.g., people from Happy Days, U.S. States, etc.). The winner's job is to reveal as many of the four hidden answers on the bottom level in 15 seconds.

If the contestant reveals at least one answer on a level, he or she moves up to the next level. The process is the same for the remaining levels. If at any time the player does not reveal any answers on any level when time expires, the bonus round ends and the player receives $100 for each revealed answer on the board. However, if the player reveals all answers on one level OR at least one answer on each of the four levels, he/she wins $5,000.

The same four players stay on the show until one of them wins the $5,000, at which point the other three players leave the show (but they keep any money won up to that point). The $5,000 winner faces three new challengers.




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Frank Talley

The music would later be reused on the unsold pilot Caught in the Act (2).

The intro to the theme song was originally used in Jackpot and was later used in $50,000 a Minute.



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