Manka Bros. Television Library




Game Shows

2010-2020

Hollywood Sudoku (2016) - 81 squares - 81 celebrities - endless fun.

Anywon (2015) - Game show in which the 'Anywon' prize van shows up anywhere at random to give anyone this week's prize. 'Who could win this week? Anywon.'

Rhapsody In Blue (2014) - Contestants race to reassemble shreds of great classic music scores (including Gershwin's 'Rhapsody In Blue') Whose finished score will sound the closest to the original? Whose will sound, perhaps, even better?

DNA Will Convict You? (2013) - In a studio audience are several murder suspects who think they are there to pick up a prize from the host. What happens next will truly shock one unsuspecting person - the person's DNA will convict them of murder.

Run For Your Wife (2012) - Husbands who claim to never run errands for their wives compete against each other to get items from the grocery store, pick up dry cleaning, etc.

It's Not What You Think (2011) - Before answering hard trivia questions - the host tries to trip up the contestants by saying 'It's Not What You Think.'

Are We There Yet? (2011) - Blindfolded children must answer the question 'Are We There Yet?' and where are we once we get there. Sometimes it's Disneyland, other times, it's prison.

Stop When I Say... (2011) - Electrodes are attached to contestants, who are then zapped at higher and higher voltages unless they can shout out the secret 'safe word' (which has been shown to the studio audience). Watch as each contestant gets more and more clues, but more and more sizzled as the game goes on.

Hick, Hack, Hoe (2010) - It's redneck vs. redneck in these simple games of luck.

Rockpile (2010) - It's very simple: 30 minutes - 100 rocks. Now crush.

2000-2009

Say WHAT?!? (2009) - The classic board game 'Operation' is updated and played with real people on the gurney in front of a live audience. Outrageous!

Gospell (2009) - From Manka Faith - Christian spelling competition based on words from the Bible. Which kid is going to get 'Zaphnathpaaneah' correct?

Intelluck (2008) - Combines really hard trivia with random coin flips.

Who Wants To Be Financially Solvent? (2008) - At the height of the 2008 Financial Crisis, contestants vie for the prize of having their debt paid off AND having their bills paid for a year. If unemployed, they also get a job. There WILL be a winner each week. [Note to Manka Bros. Management: We will never guarantee or pay out this prize. The questions will be pre-screened with average stupid Americans who we know will fail.]

Buckgammon (2008) - High-stakes backgammon tournament where the winner gets $1 million. [Note to Manka Bros. Management: The winner will be disqualified on a 'technicality' - so no winning payout will happen.]

Super Ball (2007) - While everyone loves the Super Bowl, not everyone has the rights to it. [Super Ball was Manka Bros.' attempt to create their own franchise in which EVERY weekly game captured an excitement similar to that of the Super Bowl. Canceled after the first half of the first game.]

Cuantos Paginas (2006) - Mexican game show (imported off the Manka Bros. Espanol Channel) in which contestants attempt to guess the number of pages of books. [At its peak in Latin America, it was the #4 show. In the States it never got much traction.]

Back for Seconds (2006) - Game show for the Manka Food & Drink Channel that asks 'How much can you eat?'

Judge For Yourself (2005) - Do you think you're guilty? Should you have been arrested in the first place? Judge For Yourself!

King Of Kings Poker Showdown (2005) - From Manka Faith, the top preachers in the country get together for the biggest Faith-based poker tournament in the country.

Who Dealt It? (2004) - 'Jackass' meets to 'To Tell The Truth.' A group of four contestants are given lots of beans and chili a couple of hours before taping so that they would be able to pass gas on command then figure out 'Who Dealt It?' [Even executives at the Fox Network thought this show was low class.]

DarWIN (2003) - Over the course of a season, contestants race to evolve back into a chimp. [No one even got close but that didn't stop audiences from tuning in.]

Kick The Bucket (2001) - If you could choose your own death, how would you die? With computer technology, we'll show you what your death will look like. If you guess right (based on questions about your lifestyle and the poisons you put in your body on a daily basis) you could win a new car.

Fish In A Barrel (2000) - Games even an moronic idiot could win.

1990-1999

The Race Race (1999) - Teams of different races, creeds and colors face off for ethnic pride and prizes, prizes, prizes. [This show was canceled during the first taping for obvious reasons.]

Don't Piss Me Off (1997) - As quick as they can, contestants try to annoy people with severe anger management problems. The faster they piss them off, the more cash and prizes they win.

Amish Barn Raising (1995) - Every week, an average American family competes against the Amish to see who can raise a barn the fastest.

What's My Allergy? (1994) - Celebrity guest stars try to guess the allergies of contestants. At the end of the show, contestants are exposed to what they are allergic to so they can demonstrate how badly it affects them (sometimes to deadly results).

Power Chords (1992) - Musical fitness game show. Heavy Metal isn't just a style of music, it's also the substance of this enormous guitar. Are you strong enough to play the Fender Strat made out of pig iron.

1980-1989

You Snooze, You Win (1989) - Calling all somnambulists! First contestant to fall asleep wins! It's not as easy as it sounds, especially with Rip Taylor trying to keep you awake.

Chicken Out (1988) - Hey, Mom, are you going to jump off that bridge - or are you going to 'Chicken Out!'

Cogito Ergo $um (1987) - Think fast or you'll soon find 'you aren't.'

Fingers And Toes (1986) - From the creators of 'Baby On Board' car window signs. New mothers and babies compete for cash and prizes.

None The Wiser (1986) - The game show where there are no correct answers.

You Can Say That Again (1985) - Can you say that again? Then repeat after me...

Fat Chance (1984) - The obese face off in tests of trivia, physical challenges and butter eating. [Ended Manka Bros.' successful run of game shows. The studio really hit the skids in the early / mid 1980s due to culturally insensitive shows like this one.]

Word For Word (1983) - If you don't repeat a phrase 'word for word' after hearing it just one time you are launched into a building via catapult.

Knock Knock (1982) - Do YOU know who's there? It could be Don Knotts. It could be the tax auditor. It could be a relative you thought was dead.

Keep It To Yourself (1981) - You know a secret. Should you tell the celebrity panel or KEEP IT TO YOURSELF! (Hint: You know Paul Williams can't keep a secret.)

1970-1979

Fire When Reddy (1979) - Contestants answer music trivia questions for the chance to knock Helen Reddy off a perch into a vat of mud, pudding, water, hot coffee, etc.

Monte's Inferno (1978) - Hosted by Monte Hall as the Lava Master. Show features lightning-fast bonus rounds. Answer quick or get burned.

10-4 (1978) - The CB Game Show that asks, 'What does 'pedal to the metal' mean?'

Lucky Bastard (1977) - Show that gives orphans the chance to meet their legitimate fathers.

Is It Safe? (1977) - Based on the interrogation scene from 'Marathon Man' - contestants had better give the Nazi dentist the information he wants or there's no Novocaine for you.

I'm Thinking Of A Number (1976) - Host Pat McCormick knows a lot of numbers - and he's thinking of one - and you've only got three guesses.

Bottoms Up (1975) - The game show where everything is literally upside-down.

Grin And Bare It (1974) - At the height of the streaking phenomenon, contestants take off a piece of clothing when they miss an answer to a trivia question.

The Midas Touch (1973) - It's your lucky day. We'll turn your garbage into gold.

Lower Your Voice (1972) - Dramatic game show where contestants are in real danger. If you don't 'lower your voice' you could lose a finger.

1960-1969

Key To My Room (1969) - Contestant dates an unknown stranger from a grab bag of apartment keys. They choose just one key. The choices are anyone from attractive millionaires to sexual predators.

Come To Your Census (1968) - Can you tell us the median income of those between the ages of 26 and 34 in 1960? Can you tell us what the median income of those between the ages of 26 and 34 in 1960 for $100 dollars?

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine (1967) - Trivia game show where everybody wins.

Jonas Salk's Mind Twisters (1965) - Really... REALLY tough trivia hosted by the developer of the Polio vaccine - Jonas Salk.

Le Regle Du Jeu (Rules Of The Game) (1963) - French game show import that pits the classes against each other.

Mortgage (aka Housekeepers) (1963) - Contestants either have their mortgage paid off or lose the house. [Fun fact: Manka Bros. acquired several houses and properties during the run of the show. These houses were sometimes gifted to the children of Manka Bros. senior executives.]

I Got The Cheese (1962) - Do you have the cheese? Kitty Carlisle Hart? No, I got the cheese!

Change The Subject (1961) - It's up to YOU to change the subject before somebody files for divorce.

If A Tree Falls... (1961) - Norman Mailer hosted this most combative and, mostly philosophical, game show in which contestants must answer questions that cannot be answered (except by a drunken Norman Mailer).

1950-1959

Red, Blue Or Green (1959) - Game show that was hugely popular with the introduction of color television. If you still had a black and white TV you had no idea what was 'Red, Blue or Green.'

Getting Intimate (1958) - 'Twister' House Party with crazy jazz music. 'Left foot green, baby!'

The Betty Crocker Housekeeping Challenge (1957) - Husbands secretly submit their wives whose homes are unexpectedly inspected. If approved, the housewives compete to see who can has the cleanest house when their man comes home from work.

Monopoly (1954) - Live-action before a live audience - using the contestants real money, with their real property.

Edgar Casey: Prophet or Profit (1953) - Game show based on the successful long-running Manka Bros. radio show. Does Edgar Casey, the prophet from Kentucky, know the answers before they're asked?

The Lucky Strike Flavor Race (1953) - It's a race to see who can smoke the most cigarettes in an hour with a live studio audience cheering the contestants on.

Harry Manka's 'Wife For A Day' (1953) - Weekly nation-wide contest to find a wife for Manka Bros. Studios chief Harry Manka (for one day only) before they return to their dull, uninteresting lives out in the sticks with their non-Hollywood mogul husbands.

I Am John Gault (1952) - Inspired by the catch-phrase from Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged,' contestants try to convince blindfolded celebrities who the real John Gault is.

1940-1949

A Penny For Your Thoughts (1949) - What is post-war America thinking? Manka Bros. will pay you to tell them.

Back Of The Line (1942) - Radio game show in which mothers of G. I.s compete to win less dangerous assignments for their sons during World War II.

1930-1939

Monopoly (1936) - Radio version of the hot new board game in which several contestants play the game and features commentary about what's happening in the game from the host.