Geoff Edwards
Bob Clayton
Pilots: 1976 (as Shoot the Works)
NBC Daytime: 1/3/1977 – 9/30/1977
Bob Stewart Productions

Pilot Opening:

"This is SHOOT THE WORKS! With today's guest stars, the beautiful & talented Anita Gillette and the not-so beautiful but equally talented Bill Cullen! Now, here's the star of the show, of "Shoot the Works", Mr. Geoff Edwards!"

Series Opening:

"This is SHOOT FOR THE STARS! With today's guest stars, (insert celebrity #1) and (insert celebrity #2)! Now, here's the host of "Shoot for the Stars", Mr. Geoff Edwards!"

Shoot for the Stars (originally Shoot the Works in the pilot) was a game show where words and phrases and names are not what they seem to be.


Two teams of two (consisting of one celebrity & one contestant) played a game of double meanings & puns.

Example: "Relative Group/Fight" Answer: "Family Feud"

Main GameEdit

The two teams faced a 24 square game board. Behind each one is an altered phrase, and attached to most of them are dollar amounts ranging from $100-$300 plus a single $500 square. Both teams started with $100 and they alternated turns picking off boxes. Each time a box is chosen, a dollar amount was revealed, followed by the phrase. One player can decipher the top half, while the other can decipher the bottom half. Sometimes, a player can pass and let his/her partner solve his/her half first. A correct answer added the phrase's value to the team's score.


Four of the squares on the board have hidden stars behind them. When a star is exposed, the team that found one can wager any or all of their current cash total on that hidden phrase. A correct answer added the wager but an incorrect answer deducted the wager.

Special BoxesEdit

In addition to the stars and the money amounts, here are two other special squares hidden on the board:

  • Double Your Score! - Which was just what it sounded like. A correct decipher doubles the team's current score.
  • Instant Car - So called, because a correct answer to that phrase won a brand new car for the contestant.

The first team to reach $1,500 or more regardless of proper turn, wins the game, and goes onto the bonus game for an increasing jackpot. In the event no incorrect answers are given during the entire game play, both teams would return to play another game after the bonus round.

Bonus GameEdit

To start, a flip panel of shuffling numbers 5-9 (10 in the pilot) was in motion. The contestant stopped it by pressing a button and whatever number came up, that was the number of correct answers needed to win a jackpot which started at $1,000 and grew by $500 each bonus not won.

In the pilot bonus game, the clue giver was shown a series of popular phrases in which the keywords were underlined. The giver's job was to get his/her partner to say the underlined keywords by replacing them with words of his/her own or by describing them. The partner can pass if he/she gets stuck.

In the series bonus game, the clue giver was shown a series of two word phrases. The giver's job was to get his/her partner to say those phrases by describing them. The catch is that the giver must describe just one keyword at a time. The partner can pass if he/she gets stuck.

If the winning team can get the required number of correct answers landed on beforehand in 60 seconds or less, the winning contestant wins the jackpot.

Five-time champions win a brand new car.


Press PhotosEdit



Bob Cobert

The theme would later be used on the unsold pilot Twisters as well as the 80s & 90s revival of Jackpot.


NBC Studio 8H, New York City, NY


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  • Shoot for the Stars was later revived in 1986 on ABC as Double Talk.


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