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David Letterman
Jack Clark
Unsold Pilots for NBC: 11/4/1977
Bob Stewart Productions

"This week, [insert celebrity introductions here], will be competing against [insert other team name here] on…The Riddlers, with your host, David Letterman!"

The Riddlers was a bizarre show in which five celebrities played against five contestants.


Five celebrities played against five contestants of the same occupation, hobby, etc. in a game of asking & answering riddles. At the start of a team's first turn, host Letterman read a riddle to the first player, and a correct answer allowed that player to read a riddle to his/her partner, who then a read a riddle to the next player, and so on and so forth. As soon as a team got five correct answers, progress went the other way. When a player missed a riddle, control went over to the other team.

The first team to answer nine riddles correctly won the game and $500.

Crazy Quotes (Bonus Round)[]

The winning team went on to play a bonus game called "Crazy Quotes" for some extra money. Players on the winning team arranged themselves around in "intellectual ability". Host Letterman read five quotes supposedly said by famous people. Each correct answer won more money and they increased in difficulty.

The questions were worth $100-$200-$300-$400-$1,000, for a possible maximum total of $2,000.

Home Viewer Contest[]

While the civilian contestants played for themselves, the celebrities played for five home viewers. Host David Letterman drew five cards and announced the home players at the start. All money won by the celebrities was divided among the home viewers.

Wacky Moments[]

Near the end of the main game, a light blew out. The sound was so loud that it scared Jo Anne Worley forcing her to leave the stage for a brief moment. David referred to it as "Sniper Fire".
When approaching the bonus round podium. Jo Anne, Joyce & Debralee fought for the easy/dummy spot.


This was aired twice as part of Game Show Network's "Game Show Turkeys" marathon in 1998 and "Raise the Dead" marathon in 2000.

Celebrity Guests[]

Jo Anne Worley
Robert Urich
Joyce Builifant
Michael McKean
Debralee Scott

Taping Location[]

NBC Studios, Burbank, CA


Introduction - "Party Time (Sequence)" by Keith Mansfield Main Theme - Bob Cobert

The main theme was used in another Bob Stewart pilot Caught in the Act (1975 version), as well as the ABC special focusing on funny moments from Goodson/Todman shows called TV's Funniest Game Show Moments.


The Riddlers at The Game Show Pilot Light
Jay's The Riddlers Page
The Riddlers @ Game Show Garbage

YouTube Videos[]

The entire pilot episode.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3