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    Concentration is an American television game show based on the children's memory game of the same name. Matching cards represented prizes that contestants could win. As matching pairs of cards were gradually removed from the board, it would slowly reveal elements of a rebus puzzle that contestants had to solve to win a match.

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      Bob Clayton (born James Robert Box, August 17, 1922 –...

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      Veteran game-show host Jack Barry and his producing partner...

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      The rebus form is centuries old and has been used in various...

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      Two contestants sat before a board of 30 numbered squares....

    • NBC (1958–1973)

      Concentration remains the longest-running game show on NBC...

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      Five months after NBC canceled Concentration, the network...

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    Concentration is a game show series that aired on Australian television networks. The game show based on the children's memory game of the same name. Matching cards represented prizes that contestants could win. As matching pairs of cards were gradually removed from the board, it would slowly reveal elements of a rebus puzzle that contestants ...

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    • 1959 –, 1997
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    Concentration (British game show) Concentration. (British game show) Concentration originally aired from 16 June 1959 to 7 June 1960 by Granada and was hosted by Barry McQueen in 1959 (Chris Howland and David Gell each hosted in 1960). It was later revived by TVS from 4 September 1988 to 2 March 1990, hosted by Nick Jackson and Bob Carolgees .

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    • 16 June 1959 –, 2 March 1990
    • Concentration (US version)
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    Vet­eran game-show host Jack Barry and his pro­duc­ing part­ner Dan En­right, along with Robert Noah and Buddy Piper, cre­ated Con­cen­tra­tion, but oth­ers work­ing at Barry & En­right Pro­duc­tionsalso con­tributed to the show's de­vel­op­ment. The full end credit roll after the NBC takeover had a title that read "Based on a con­cept by Buddy Piper". The cre­ation in­volved the com­bi­na­tion of two key cre­ative con­cepts: the chil­dren's game of match­ing cards also known as con­cen­tra­tion, and the use of a rebus puz­zle that was re­vealed as match­ing cards were re­moved from the board. In place of the play­ing cards, the game board fea­tured a board con­sist­ing of 30 "trilons", or three-sided mo­tor­ized boxes, with num­bers on the first of their three sides; prizes, that were to be matched, on the sec­ond; and "puz­zle places" on the third. The grad­ual match­ing of card pairs slowly re­vealed el­e­ments of the rebus, a pic­ture puz­zle de­scribed below.

    The rebus form is cen­turies old and has been used in var­i­ous forms. The most pop­u­lar con­tem­po­rary form prior to Con­cen­tra­tionin­volved pic­tures, let­ters and num­bers as well as plus and minus signs to add or delete parts of a word or phrase (e.g., WICK [an arrow point­ing at a can­dle wick] + E + PEA [pic­ture of pea] + D + UH: WIKIPEDIA) The mem­ber of the Barry-En­right de­vel­op­ment team re­spon­si­ble for the de­vel­op­ment and art di­rec­tion of the puz­zles was Norm Blu­men­thal, who later be­came the orig­i­nal se­ries' pro­ducer. He sim­pli­fied the rebus form for tele­vi­sion, al­low­ing only plus sym­bols, and sub­se­quently de­vised all of the puz­zles seen on the orig­i­nal se­ries. In his ver­sion of a rebus puz­zle, which be­came Con­cen­tra­tion's stan­dard, a rebus is a puz­zle made up of a com­bi­na­tion of pic­tures, let­ters, words and num­bers con­nected by plus signs. When solved, it gives a well-known title or phrase. For in­stance: 1. A picture o...

    Two con­tes­tants (one usu­ally a re­turn­ing cham­pion) sat be­fore a board of 30 num­bered squares. Each square was com­posed of a trilon that con­cealed a piece of the rebus, and ei­ther the name of a prize, or a spe­cial square. One at a time, the con­tes­tants called out two num­bers. If the prizes or spe­cial ac­tion did not match, the op­po­nent took a turn. How­ever, if the con­tes­tant did match, what­ever prize was printed on the card was placed on a board be­hind the con­tes­tant; or, he/she could per­form an ac­tion. The sec­ond num­ber had to be called out within a cer­tain time limit; oth­er­wise, the con­tes­tant's turn ended. It was also per­mis­si­ble to pass on one's turn. This usu­ally hap­pened dur­ing the course of a game if a con­tes­tant called out a prize card that had been or­phaned as the re­sult of a wild card match (see below). More im­por­tantly, a match also re­vealed two pieces of the rebus, which iden­ti­fied a per­son, phrase, place, thing, title, et...

    Con­cen­tra­tion re­mains the longest-run­ning game show on NBC and held the record for longest con­tin­u­ous day­time run on net­work tele­vi­sion until it was eclipsed in March 1987 by the CBS day­time ver­sion of The Price is Right (be­gin­ning Sep­tem­ber 4, 1972). Con­cen­tra­tion is cur­rently the fifth longest-run­ning day­time/syn­di­cated game show be­hind The Price Is Right and the syn­di­cated ver­sions of Wheel of For­tune (1983–pre­sent), Jeop­ardy! (1984–pre­sent), and Fam­ily Feud(1999–pre­sent). Con­cen­tra­tion was an NBC in-house pro­duc­tion, apart from the ear­li­est episodes. As a re­sult of the 1950s quiz scan­dals, the net­work pur­chased the rights to Con­cen­tra­tion and three other games (Twenty One, Dough Re Mi and Tic-Tac-Dough) from pro­duc­ers Barry and En­right. NBC/Uni­ver­sal still holds ex­clu­sive rights to both the for­mat and ex­tant episodes of Con­cen­tra­tion; how­ever, due to Fi­nan­cial In­ter­est and Syn­di­ca­tion Rules, this ver­sion is o...

    Five months after NBC can­celed Con­cen­tra­tion, the net­work called upon Mark Good­son-Bill Tod­manPro­duc­tions to pro­duce a new edi­tion of the se­ries for syn­di­ca­tion. This marked the first time Good­son-Tod­man was asked to pro­duce a for­mat owned by an­other pro­duc­tion com­pany; each of their pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions were con­ceived by peo­ple on their own staff. The new syn­di­cated Con­cen­tra­tion pre­miered on Sep­tem­ber 10, 1973, and ran for five years. Jack Narz was host, with Johnny Olson serv­ing as an­nouncer. This ver­sion of Con­cen­tra­tion was pro­duced at Metro­me­dia Square in Hol­ly­wood, and aired pri­mar­ily on NBC sta­tions that had car­ried the orig­i­nal se­ries. It was pro­duced as a daily se­ries but at the time, many game shows aired once per week in syn­di­ca­tion and some sta­tions air­ing Con­cen­tra­tionaired it in this man­ner as well.

    In Jan­u­ary 1987, Mark Good­son Pro­duc­tions sought per­mis­sion from NBC to re­launch Con­cen­tra­tion. The new se­ries, which be­came known as Clas­sic Concentration, de­buted on NBC on May 4, 1987. Pro­duc­tion was now done at NBC Stu­dios in Bur­bank, Cal­i­for­nia. Alex Tre­bek (who con­cur­rently was also host­ing Jeop­ardy!) hosted and Diana Tay­lor was the se­ries' prize model. On July 22 of that year, Mark Good­son's daugh­ter, Mar­jorie Good­son-Cutt, re­placed Tay­lor and re­mained for the en­tire se­ries. Gene Wood was the an­nouncer, with Art James sub­sti­tut­ing for him for sev­eral weeks in 1991. The new Con­cen­tra­tion ran once again at 10:30 am EST and re­mained in that slot for its en­tire run. Clas­sic Concentration's final new episode aired on Sep­tem­ber 20, 1991, but re­runs con­tin­ued to air until De­cem­ber 31, 1993, after which the net­work re­turned the 10:30 am times­lot to its af­fil­i­ates.

    The Mil­ton Bradley Com­pany in­tro­duced the first com­mer­cial ver­sion of Con­cen­tra­tion in 1958 and sub­se­quently re­leased 24 edi­tions of the game until 1982. Owing to com­mon su­per­sti­tion, these re­leases were num­bered 1–12 and 14–25, skip­ping 13. It was tied with Pass­wordas the most pro­lific of Mil­ton Bradley's home ver­sions of pop­u­lar game shows, and was pro­duced well after the Jack Narz era ended in 1978 (al­beit with­out ever in­clud­ing el­e­ments from that ver­sion). Press­man Games pub­lished two edi­tions of the Clas­sic Concentration home game in 1988. More re­cently, End­less Games has re­leased two ver­sions of Con­cen­tra­tion since 1998. The End­less ver­sion were mod­eled sim­i­lar to Clas­sic Concentration home game with the re­buses de­signed by Steve Ryan, who cre­ated puz­zles for Clas­sic Concentration. Two com­puter ver­sions of Clas­sic Concentration were re­leased by Softie for MS-DOS sys­tems, as well as the Apple II and Com­modore 64. A...

    Some ki­nescope record­ings of the 1958–1973 ver­sion are held at the Li­brary of Con­gress. Shokus Video (a ser­vice spe­cial­iz­ing pri­mar­ily in pub­lic do­main of­fer­ings) of­fers a Hugh Downs-hosted tour­na­ment episode from 1967. Buzzr cur­rently airs episodes of Clas­sic Concentrationand, since March 30, 2020, episodes of the 1970s syn­di­cated ver­sion, start­ing from episodes from 1976.

    Con­cen­tra­tion is one of only three Barry-En­right game shows known to have for­eign adap­ta­tions, the oth­ers being Tic-Tac-Dough and Twenty-One.

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    Barry and game show partner Dan Enright, along with Robert Noah and Buddy Piper, created Concentration, but others working at Barry & Enright Productions also contributed to the show's development. (The full end credit roll after the NBC takeover had a title that read "Based on a concept by Buddy Piper.") The creation involved the combination of two key creative concepts: the children's game of matching cards, and the use of a rebus puzzle that was revealed as matching cards were removed from the board. In place of the playing cards, the game board featured numbered boxes (30 in all) on one side and prizes, that were to be matched, on the other. The gradual matching of card pairs slowly revealed elements of the rebus, a picture puzzle described below.

    The rebus form is centuries old and has been used in various forms. The most popular contemporary form prior to Concentrationinvolved pictures, letters, and numbers as well as plus and minus signs to add or delete parts of a word or phrase (e.g., WICK + E + PEA + D + UH; or, with minus signs, WICK + ELEPHANT - LEPHANT + PIE - IE + D + UH). The member of the development team responsible for the development and art direction of the puzzles was Norm Blumenthal, who later became the original series' producer. He simplified the rebus form for television, allowing only plus symbols, and subsequently devised all of the puzzles seen on the original series. In his version of a rebus puzzle, which became Concentration's standard, a rebus is a puzzle made up of a combination of pictures, letters, words, and numbers connected by plus signs. When solved, it is either the title of something or a well-known phrase. For instance: 1. A picture of a convict (CON) 2. A plus sign 3. A picture of a penn...

    Two contestants (one a returning champion) sat before a board of 30 numbered squares, which concealed the rebus, names of prizes and special squares. One at a time, the contestants called out two numbers. If the prizes or special action did not match, the opponent took a turn. However, if the contestant did match, whatever prize was printed on the card was placed on a board behind the them; or, he/she could perform an action. The second number had to be called out within a certain time limit; otherwise, the contestant's turn ended. It was also permissible to pass on one's turn. This usually happened during the course of a game if a contestant called out a prize card that had been orphaned as the result of a Wild Card match (see below). More importantly, a match also revealed two pieces of the rebus, which identified a person, phrase, place, thing, etc. The contestant could try to solve the rebus by making one guess or choose two more numbers. There was no penalty for a wrong guess;...

    Concentration remains the longest-running game show on NBC and held the record for longest continuous daytime run on network television until it was eclipsed in April 1987 by the CBS daytime version of The Price is Right (beginning on September 4, 1972). It has been currently the fifth longest-running daytime/syndicated game show behind The Price is Right and the syndicated versions of Wheel of Fortune (1983–Present), Jeopardy! (1984–Present) and Family Feud(1999–Present). As a result of the quiz scandals, co-creators Jack Barry and Dan Enright, upon their blacklisting from television, were forced to relinquish the rights to NBC, who holds the rights to this day. Apart from the earliest episodes, Concentrationwas an NBC in-house production. Concentration’s original host was Hugh Downs and was produced and broadcast live at 11:30 AM Eastern weekdays in black-and-white, and quickly became the most-watched daytime series in NBC's lineup. The announcer was Art James, who sometimes serve...

    Five months after NBC canceled Concentration, Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions produced a daily version for syndication. The project was a joint venture of syndicator Jim Victory and NBC, which retained the rights to the show, the only program not to have been created in-house by Goodson-Todman. The show premiered on September 10, 1973 and ran for five seasons. Jack Narz was host, with Johnny Olson serving as announcer. This version was produced at Metromedia Square in Hollywood, and aired primarily on NBC stations that had carried the original series; this essentially meant that the show returned to NBC with a new set and host (plus a slightly different format) after a short "hiatus". This time, two new contestants competed in each episode and there were no returning champions (as some stations only carried the show one evening each week). Games did not straddle episodes as on the previous version (again, this was due to some stations only carrying the show once-weekly). For th...

    In 1985, ten Concentration pilots were taped with comedian Orson Bean as host and Gene Wood announcing.The revival may have been intended for syndication, as the end credits state that the show was "Distributed by Victory Television, Inc." Two contestants competed, as in prior versions, to match squares and uncover parts of a picture puzzle in the form of a rebus; like the Narz version, solving it won the game and an attempt at the bonus round. The format, however, had been altered to use distinctly different elements - some of which were not seen before or since.

    The most recent version to date was hosted by Alex Trebek and Marjorie Goodson-Cutt (after Diana Taylor served as model for the first few weeks). Gene Wood served as primary announcer for most of the run (Art James filled in for Wood, just weeks before the series cancellation). It aired in first-run on NBC from May 4, 1987 to September 20, 1991, after which it went into reruns until December 31, 1993. Many elements of Classic Concentrationwere actually recycled from the failed Orson Bean pilot taped two years earlier in 1985 - the show's theme, the computerized 25-square board, the bonus game, and Gene Wood as announcer.

    Nearly all of the 1958-1973 episodes were rumored to have been destroyed by NBC until kinescope recordings of the original series were found (according to Steve Beverly of the Game Show Convention Center website). Some are found at the Library of Congress. Only a few remain on the trading block: 1. Shokus Video is known to have two Downs episodes, including a tournament episode from the late 1960s. 2. Twelve Downs/Clayton episodes and a syndicated Narz episode have been found in the UCLA Film and Television Archive. 3. The Museum of Television and Radio has in its possession one 1958 Hugh Downs episode, two 1971-1972 Clayton episodes and one syndicated Narz episode from 1974. 4. The final NBC episode has also remained intact, existing as a color kinescope. According to Steve Beverly of the Game Show Convention Center website, the Narz version exists in its entirety. Buzzrbegan airing this series on March 30, 2020. Two of the ten episodes taped of the 1985 pilot hosted by Orson Bean...

    1958 (Main) – Paul Taubman
    1958 (Commercial) – "Puppet On A String" by Ramond Lefevere
    1973 Main Package – Edd Kalehoff for Score Productions, several cues from this package were recycled into The Price is Right
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    Countries that have done their own versions of (Classic) Concentrationinclude the following: 1. Australia 2. Columbia 3. Germany 4. Italy 5. United Kingdom NOTE: Concentration is one of only three Barry-Enright game shows known to have foreign adaptations, the others being Tic Tac Dough and Twenty One.

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    Two contestants faced a game board consisting of 30 numbered squares. Behind those numbers were matching pairs of prizes worth tens of dollars to hundreds of dollars. The hidden prizes cover up a rebus puzzle which the contestants try to solve. To start the game show and as head starts, four squares revealed prizes that were offered in that game. On a player's turn he/she picked off numbers. When the show started, the contestant chose two numbers in both games; it was later changed to having...

    Double Play

    In the Double Play game, the winning contestant had 10 seconds to solve two more rebuses. The first one was worth $100 and the second was worth a new car. Later playings starting in Fall 1977 had contestants pick off numbers from a 9-square board which hide four matching pairs of prizes (one of them being a new car). The first prize matched became the grand prize for solving the second puzzle. But there was also a "Wild Card!" square that allowed the winning contestant to play for all prizes...

    Extra Time

    1. When there was extra time left on the show, a third main game puzzle came into play but with foreign currency instead of regular prizes and no head starts. Winning the game won the American cash equivalent. 2. Also on occasion when there was extra time left on the show, a two player Double Play game was instituted. The rules were the same as before, only this time each player gets a puzzle and the full 10 seconds to solve it for an additional $50.

    Host: Jack Narz
    Announcer: Johnny Olson
    Producers: Howard Felsher, Buck D’Amore, Allen Koss
    Director: Ira Skutch

    The original Concentrationwas created by Jack Barry and ran on NBC Daytime from August 25, 1958 until March 23, 1973 and briefly in Primetime twice from October 30, 1958 until November 20, 1958 then again from April 24, 1961 until September 18, 1961. The hosts were Hugh Downs (1958-1969), Jack Barry (1958, nighttime), Bob Clayton (Jan-Mar 1969; Sep 1969-1973) and Ed McMahon (Mar-Sep 1969). Jack Narz was hosting Now You See Itfor CBS while hosting this show.

    Stations that aired this included: Albany, NY – WTEN Amarillo - KVII Atlanta - WXIA-TV Baltimore - WMAR-TV Birmingham - WBMG-TV (now WIAT) Boston – WBZ-TV (1973-78), WCVB (1978-79) Buffalo – WBEN-TV (now WIVB-TV) Charlotte - WCCB Chattanooga - WTVC-TV Cheyenne - KGWN-TV Cincinnati – WKRC-TV Cleveland – WEWS-TV Colorado Springs - KOAA-TV Denver - KCNC-TV Detroit – WWJ-TV (now WDIV-TV) Elmira - WETM-TV Fort Wayne – WANE-TV Grand Rapids, MI – WOTV Greenville, SC - WFBC-TV (now WYFF-TV) Harrisburg - WHP-TV Hartford - WTNH-TV Houston – KHOU-TV Indianapolis - WISH-TV Jackson, TN - WBBJ-TV Kansas City – WDAF-TV Las Vegas - KVBC-TV (now KSNV) Lincoln, NE - KHAS Los Angeles – KHJ-TV (now KCAL, 1973-78), KNXT (now KCBS-TV) for reruns in late 1978 Louisville – WLKY-TV Miami – WPLG-TV Milwaukee – WISN-TV Minneapolis - KMSP-TV Nashville - WNGE-TV (now WKRN) New York – WNBC-TV (1973-78), WOR-TV (1978-79) Oklahoma City - KOCO-TV Orlando – WDBO (now WKMG) Phoenix - KTAR (now KPNX) Philadelphia – WC...

    All episodes exist. On March 6, 2020, Buzzr announced on their Facebook page that episodes of the Narz run would begin airing on March 30, 2020.

    Episode guides for the following seasons can be seen at these links: 1. 1974-1975 2. 1976-1977 3. 1977-1978

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    Two contestants try to match pairs of cards that were gradually removed from the board, slowly revealing elements of a rebus puzzle that one of the contestants had to solve to win prizes. In the 1997 series, the winner could win one of eight major prizes by finding seven matching pairs of prizes with the eighth prize having no match. New champions started with a time limit of 40 seconds plus 5 seconds for each return to the major prize round. Clearing the board in time retired the champion with the last major prize matched. If time ran out, the player continued as carryover champion.

    Two board games were released by John Sands Pty Ltd., under license from Milton Bradley as its Australian distributor. First Edition (1960) Second Edition (1962)

    Clips of the first half of the 1997 pilot (Susie vs. Patrick) Second game of a 1997 episode (Vikki vs. Brett) Second game of another 1997 episode(Geniene vs. Tim)

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    1 Press Photos 1.1 NBC era (1958-1973) 1.2 Syndicated era (1973-1978) 1.3 1985 Pilot 1.4 Classic Concentration (1987-1991) 1.4.1 Rebuses 1.4.2 Alex & Marjorie 1.4.3 Director Marc Breslow 2 Tickets 3 Drawings & Graphics 3.1 Boards 3.2 Special Cards from the CD-Rom game Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to this gallery Add a photo to ...

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    the concentration wiki! This wiki is all about the long running classic TV game show Concentration . Concentration is a puzzle game show where the puzzles are all concealed behind a grid of numbers (30 in the 50s, 60s & 70s and 25 in the 80s & 90s).

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