GAMES PEOPLE PLAY

Show Type: Sports

First Telecast: August 21, 1980

Last Telecast: September 24, 1981

Broadcast History:

August 1980 - December 1980, Thursday 8:00-9:00 on NBC

June 1981 - August 1981, Saturday 10:00-11:00 on NBC

September 1981, Thursday 8:00-9:00 on NBC

Regulars

Bryant Gumbel

Cyndy Garvey

Mike Adamle

Johnny Bench

Donna DeVarona

Gary Owens

Arte Johnson

SYNOPSIS

These were not everyday sporting events. They were "games" played for novelty and amusement, often with an eye for the bizarre or ridiculous. Some of the "competitions" shown were for such titles or in such events like "America's Toughest Bouncer," "World's Bellyflopping Champion," "The Billiards Battle of the Generations," "Backwards Motor Racing," "Taxi Cab Demolition," "Three-Ton Tug of War," and the "Disk Jockey Invitational Talk-Off." Bryant Gumbel and Cyndy Garvey were co-hosts; Mike Adamle, Johnny Bench, Donna DeVarona, and Arte Johnson were regular field reporters at the locations around the country where the events had taken place; and Gary Owens was the announcer. In addition to the regulars, there were weekly guest stars serving as commentators, among them athletes such as Dorothy Hamill, Bruce Jenner, and Reggie Jackson, sports announcers such as Marv Albert and Joe Garagiola, and entertainment celebrities such as Darren McGavin, Tanya Tucker, Erik Estrada and James Coburn.

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