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Fast Draw (game show)

Fast Draw was the name of a game show hosted by now-Jeopardy! announcer Johnny Gilbert for syndication in 1968, which was distributed by Warner Brothers/Seven Arts Television. Taped at the studios of WNEW-TV in New York, the show involved two teams, each composed of a celebrity and a civilian contestant. It was a basically a variation on the not-yet-invented board game Pictionary and possibly an inspiration to Win, Lose or Draw.

Main game

The first round would start with the two civilian contestants standing behind a drawing board that was about waist-high. They would be given 10 seconds each to draw a picture that would allow the celebrities to identify the person, place, thing, or event that was assigned to them. After 10 seconds passed for the first player, the second one would immediately start drawing (accompanied by Gilbert's call to "Draw!") When a celebrity thought he or she knew the identity of the subject, they would hit a buzzer. The contestant would then stop drawing and the celebrity would give his/her guess (usually accompanied with a brief explanation/interpretation of what they saw on the board). If he or she was right, the team was awarded one point for each second left on the clock (the clock started at 60 seconds). If no one guessed the identity of the subject after 60 seconds, the subject was thrown out and they would start again. There were three rounds in a game; after each round, the celebs and the contestants would switch places. After 3 rounds, the team with the highest score would play the bonus round. The civilian member of the team was also awarded $100.

Bonus round

In the bonus round, the celebrity had 30 seconds to communicate a "potluck" subject (the contestant was not told the category of the subject) to the contestant. The contestant could yell out as many guesses as he or she wanted without having to buzz in or explain it, and if the subject was successfully guessed, he/she was awarded a color television set.

Only one episode of Fast Draw is known to exist, with guest stars Anita Gillette and Robert Alda.

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