"It's the game of speed and strategy!" Blockbusters was on NBC daytime twice. The first time was from 1980-1982 with Billl Cullen as the host, and the second time was from January 1987-May 1987 with Bill Rafferty as host.



In Bill Cullen's version, a family paired team played against a contestant playing solo to try to see if two heads were better than one. The main game board contained four rows of five hexagons going across the board and each hexagon had a letter. Contestants picked a hexagon with the letter and a question was read. The answer to the question began with the letter in the hexagon. The first contestant who buzzed in with the correct answer won the hexagon and control of the board. The object of the game was for contestants to try to connect hexagons from one side to another. The family pair would try to connect from side to side and the solo player would try to connect from top to bottom. The first team to do that won the game. The first team to win two games, won the match and went to the Gold Rush for $5,000.



In Gold Rush, the game board contained four rows of five hexagons going across the board and each hexagon had a letter or letters. The answer to the question would start with the letter on the board. (i.e. BTC: Game show hosted by Bud Collyer. Answer: Beat The Clock). If the contestant connected from side to side, he/she would win $5,000.





A contestant tries for $10,000 on Blockbusters with Bill Rafferty




In the 1987 version hosted by Bill Rafferty, there were two solo players, but the game was played the same. In the first round, one contestant tried to connect from side to side while the other tried to connect from top to bottom. In the second round, it was reversed. In the third round, the board was even (the board had four rows of four hexagons going across the board). First person to win two games won the match and went to the Gold Rush for $5,000. $5,000 was added to the jackpot each time the Gold Rush was not won.

RGS STATS

Hosts
Bill Cullen
Bill Rafferty


Announcers
Bob Hilton
Rich Jeffries
Johnny Olson (Sub)


Airdates
NBC Premiere 1:
October 27, 1980
NBC Finale 1:
April 23, 1982
(285 Episodes)

NBC Premiere 2:
January 5, 1987
CBS Finale 2:
May 1, 1987
(85 Episodes)


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