|Charlie O'Donnell (1972 pilot)|
Johnny Jacobs (1972-73 series)
Syndication (Weekly): 9/4/1972 – 9/1973
|Chuck Barris Productions|
O'Donnell version (first episode only): From Hollywood, it's "The Parent Game"! And here's the star of "The Parent Game", your host, Clark Race!
Jacobs version (rest of run): From Hollywood, it's "The Parent Game"! And now, here's your host and star of "The Parent Game", Clark Race!
The Parent Game is the show where couples answered questions about parenting.
Host Race would ask three couples a series of multiple-choice questions about how to parent their children. Their job was to match answers with a resident child psychologist. Each time they did that, they earned points.
Each game consisted of five questions. On the first four questions, each player on each team answered individually. On the final question, all three couples must agree and come up with a team answer.
Here's how the scoring works:
Questions 1 & 2 - 5 points (10 for agreement)
Question 3 - 10 points (20 for agreement)
Question 4 - 15 points (30 for agreement)
Final Question - 30 points
Altogether, they total a perfect score of 55 for disagreement on the first four questions, and 100 for agreement on the first four questions.
The couple with the most points wins the game, and wins a grand prize. Should the game end in a tie, the tiebreaker rules used on The Newlywed Game came into effect. The closest guess won the grand prize.
Chuck Barris, Barry Abel, & Gary Jonke
- The Parent Game came back in 1996 on The Family Channel as Wait 'Til You Have Kids! with Tom Parks as host.
"Thank you for watching and join us next time on The Parent Game where we once again prove that it's not kids who say the darnedest things, it's their parents. Thank you and good night!" - Clark Race