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100 Grand (game show)

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Country of origin  United States
Running time  22–24 minutes
Picture format  Black-and-white
Final episode date  29 September 1963
Number of seasons  1
Genre  Game show
4.9/10 TV

No. of episodes  3
Original network  ABC
First episode date  15 September 1963
Presented by  Jack Clark
Number of episodes  3
Created by  Bob Stivers Productions
Similar  Game show, The $64 - 000 Question, Beat the Clock, Wheel of Fortune, The Cross‑Wits

100 grand promo for short lived abc prime time game show

100 Grand is an American game show hosted by Jack Clark. The series ran for three episodes, weekly on Sunday nights from September 15 to 29, 1963 on the highly touted "New ABC" as the network's attempt to bring back high-stakes game shows after the quiz show scandals of 1958.


When 100 Grand made its debut, it had been two years since the last quiz show with a five-figure cash prize or higher (You Bet Your Life on NBC) had aired on any broadcast network; it would be over a decade more before six-figure jackpots returned to television game shows. (Large jackpots were still seen at the time on bowling shows, such as NBC's Jackpot Bowling and ABC's own Make That Spare, both of which regularly offered jackpots over $10,000.)

100 grand 1963

Game play

One contestant, having possessed a knowledge or lead in a specific subject or field, asked questions of a professional on that same subject for cash. The player who stumped the professional for five weeks, had the show survived that long, would have had the privilege to answer five questions submitted by home viewers, and ended up with a grand total of $100,000 if successful.

Only two contestants appeared on the series – one questioning a Civil War expert, the other questioning an opera expert. On the third show, both professionals stumped the amateurs, both of whom were awarded $1,000 savings bonds while the professionals each won $10,000.

Episode status

The series is believed to be destroyed through wiping. A promotional video featuring the set and a contestant exists, traded among private collectors.


100 Grand (game show) Wikipedia