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Unsold Pilots for Daily Syndication: 1988, 10/22/1989
Buena Vista Television

"Say hello to Markie Post and Fred Willard, join them as they play America's classic game 20 QUESTIONS! And here's the host of 20 QUESTIONS, Dick Wilson!"

This version of 20 Questions was a failed attempt at a new TV version of the classic parlor game.


Two teams of three (consisting of two celebrities & one contestant) competed in this version of the parlor game 20 Questions.

Round 1[]

The teams tried to get their partners to guess what the subjects were by asking yes or no questions. Each team took 30 seconds (10 for each turn) to try & guess the subject, with the host giving a clue in between the pass offs from one team to the other. The first team to guess the subject won $50. The process was played three times.

Round 2[]

Round two saw host Wilson giving all of the clues one at a time to both teams, and they buzzed in if they think they know what the host was talking about. Again each correct answer was worth $50, but $50 went to the other team should the buzz-in team answered wrong. The team with the most money at the end of that round won the game.

Bonus Round: Bullet[]

In this bonus which was played like round one, the winning team attempted to guess five subjects correctly in a 60 second limit. Each correct subject was worth $100 and answering five subjects correctly won $10,000.

Supposedly, contestants stayed on the show until they lost twice.


In the 1988 pilot, there were three teams of players (two celebrities and one contestant).
When Bob Hilton announces that the show is back, Wilson says "Thanks, Burton." This indicated that Burton Richardson had originally announced for the pilot.


Trade Ad[]


20 Questions at The Game Show Pilot Light
Broadcasting Magazine 11/28/88 (trade ad for 20 Questions included)

YouTube Video[]

Full Pilot