Host
Fred Travalena
Announcer
Johnny Gilbert
Broadcast
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Pilot: 1983
Syndication (Daily): 9/17/1984 – 4/19/1985 (with repeats until 9/13/1985)
Packagers
Bernstein-Hovis Productions/Impact Studios
Distributor
Paramount Television

"Today on Anything for Money, (insert the situations from the episode)! Well, we'll find out, as we ask the question, will people do Anything for Money? And now, here's the star of our show, Fred Travalena!"

Anything for Money was a short-lived, hidden camera game show where contestants watch video clips of zany stunts & practical jokes featuring average Joes & Josephines who may or may not participate in them for a little money.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Two contestants were shown three video clips of unsuspecting people who were offered money to do an oddball task. Before each clip, the contestants secretly predicted whether or not the parties involved would do the task and for how much money, with correct predictions awarding money: the first video clip was worth $200, the second was worth $300, and the final clip was worth $500 for a maximum score of $1,000.

Both players kept the cash, but the player with the most money at the end of the game was the winner, and won a bonus prize. If the game ended in a tie, both players received the bonus prize.

End-of-Show Disclaimer[edit | edit source]

"Some participants may not be required to complete the negotiated situations."

Studio[edit | edit source]

TAV Vine Street Studios, Los Angeles, CA

British Version[edit | edit source]

An equally shorter-lived British version hosted by Andrew O'Connor aired on Sky One from 6 February (February 6), 1991 until 28 September (September 28), 1992.

Trade Ads[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

This show was syndicated to stations to air as part of their daytime lineups.

150 episodes were produced.

Repeats aired on USA from September 29, 1986 through June 24, 1988.

This was the second game show whose main premise was guessing the outcome of a "hidden camera" video. The other two were All About Faces and Hold Everything!.

The show ran into some controversy due to no credit having been given to Ralph Andrews Productions, which had originally created the format.[1]

Stations[edit | edit source]

  • New York - WCBS
  • Los Angeles - KCBS
  • Chicago - WMAQ
  • Philadelphia - WCAU
  • San Francisco - KTZO (now KOFY)
  • Washington, D.C. - WJLA
  • Tampa Bay - WTVT
  • Seattle - KING
  • Miami - WPLG
  • Denver - KCNC
  • Sacramento - KOVR
  • Portland, OR - KGW
  • Hartford - WTNH
  • Norfolk - WTKR
  • Oklahoma City - KOCO
  • New Orleans - WVUE
  • Tulsa - KJRH
  • Monterey - KNTV (now in San Francisco)
  • Atlanta - WATL
  • Phoenix - KTSP
  • Omaha - KETV
  • Rockford - WQRF
  • Green Bay - WLRE (now WGBA)
  • Madison - WISC
  • Wausau - WAOW
  • Milwaukee - WISN
  • Minneapolis - KSTP
  • Dayton - WRGT
  • Cincinnati - WXIX
  • Anchorage, AK - KTVA
  • Detroit - WJBK
  • Grand Rapids - WOTV
  • Des Moines - KCCI
  • Mobile, AL - WKRG
  • Montgomery - WAKA
  • Wichita - KAKE
  • Louisville - WAVE
  • Nashville - WTVF
  • Greensboro - WGHP
  • Richmond - WXEX (now WRIC)
  • Asheville, NC - WLOS
  • St. Louis - KPLR
  • Kansas City - KSHB
  • Reno - KTVN
  • Little Rock - KATV
  • Tucson - KVOA
  • Boston - WSBK
  • Providence - WLNE
  • Wilkes-Barre - WBRE
  • Buffalo - WGRZ
  • Raleigh - WPTF (now WRDC)
  • Dothan, AL - WDHN
  • Fargo - WDAY
  • Grand Forks, ND - WDAZ
  • Albany - WNYT
  • Wilmington - WJKA (now WSFX)
  • West Palm Beach - WPTV
  • Rochester, NY - WHEC
  • Wichita Falls - KSWO
  • Flint - WSMH
  • Springfield, MO - KMTC
  • San Antonio - KENS
  • Indianapolis - WTTV
  • Roanoke - WSET
  • Shreveport, LA - KSLA
  • Lafayette, LA - KADN
  • Honolulu - KHON
  • Charleston, SC - WCSC
  • Houston - KHTV

References[edit | edit source]

Links[edit | edit source]

Rules for Anything for Money
Article about the British version at UKGameShows

YouTube Videos[edit | edit source]

A full episode from September 18, 1984 (Jan vs. Kirk): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
A full episode from 1985 (Olga vs. Louis)

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