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Al Roker
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MSNBC: 10/25/1996 – 10/5/1997
Sande Stewart Television

"Good evening everybody, I'm Al Roker. Remember This?"

Remember This? was a short-lived game show that tested contestants' knowledge of facts behind NBC News headlines. The show aired on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. This was similar to College Bowl and It's Academic.


Each show featured two teams of three players (all college/university students and/or faculty) representing their own colleges and universities. They were shown news footage from the NBC News archives and they attempted to answer a series of questions based on them to win scholarship money for their schools. 32 schools from around the New York city area entered the tournament.

The First Two Rounds[]

In these rounds, the teams were shown a news headline from the past, and then a toss-up question about the headline was asked. A correct answer scored points plus a chance to earn more points by answering another question in which the only players who didn't buzz-in could answer. A right answer there earned the right to answer one last question in which only the player who hadn't answered yet could answer.

An incorrect answer from the buzz-in player gave the opposing team a chance to steal the points (and control of the next question) by answering it. If both teams missed, the next question became a toss-up for the remaining players.

Scoring/Number of Headlines[]

Each round has a point value for all questions and played a certain number of headlines.

Rounds Point Values Headlines
Round 1 10 3
Round 2 20 4 (one took a commercial break midway through)

Final Round: Lightning Round[]

The game ended with the "Lightning Round" where the questions were worth 30 points but with no headlines being shown. Correct answers were worth 30 points, but an incorrect answer deducted 30 points. The team with the most points when time was called won the game.

Winning and Losing[]

Winning teams from Friday & Saturday shows competed against each other on Sunday in which the winner won a $1,000 scholarship and advancement to the playoffs at the end of the season for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship. Villanova University was the ultimate champion.

Losing teams stayed on the show until they lost two games, at which point they retired from the show but received a Remember This? hat.


Villanova University won the Championship final beating Montclair State University in a game decided on the last question. In the semi-finals, Montclair State beat Vassar College in a close contest, while Villanova romped in their win. Other schools in the tournament included Eastern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan College, Columbia School of Journalism, SUNY-Stony Brook, and Drexel University.

(At the time of the show,) A senior at Vassar College is considered to be the greatest Round 3 player in the history of the show. In the five games that Vassar College won (finishing 3rd out of 32 schools), in four of those wins Bhandari pulled his team to victory after having begun the round trailing by at least 50 points.

This series was MSNBC's one and only game show.

This was Roker's first hosted game show. Twelve years later, his second (and final) game show that he hosted was the short-lived, six episode only NBC primetime version of Celebrity Family Feud as part of a block dubbed "All-American Summer" in 2008. At the time, the reason why Roker was chosen to host was John O'Hurley (who previously have hosted the daily daytime syndicated version of the Feud) was not available to host the NBC primetime version due to his commitment to hosting the all-star, reality competition series called Secret Talents Of The Stars on CBS as of which was a one episode only flop. Additionally, the Roker era set (minus the logo and the gold-platted boarder during Fast Money) was also carried over in the daily syndicated version of the Feud until 2010.


Metropolis Studios, New York City, NY
MSNBC Studios, Secaucus, NJ


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