What Is the History of the Television Game Show "Card Sharks"?

What Is the History of the Television Game Show "Card Sharks"?

Jim Perry hosted "Card Sharks" during its first broadcast run on NBC, from April 24, 1978, to Oct. 23, 1981. CBS revived the show from Jan. 6, 1986, to March 31, 1989, with Bob Eubanks as the host. An updated version hosted by Pat Bullard aired briefly in 2001.

Chester Feldman created "Card Sharks," which featured two players competing against each other. Players answered questions to take control of a deck of oversized cards. They also had to guess whether the next card in a sequence would be higher or lower than the current card.

During its first run, "Card Sharks" was a daytime program on NBC. It performed well ratings-wise, but the schedule changed in 1980 and the show's time slot moved. Faced with higher-rated competition, the show was cancelled a year later. The 1986 revival was part of the daytime lineup on CBS. It held the same time slot until its cancellation.

The updated "Card Sharks" premiered on Sept. 17, 2001. The final new episode aired on Dec. 14, 2001. After a few weeks of reruns, the show was canceled on Jan. 11, 2002.

A syndicated version of "Card Sharks," hosted by Bill Rafferty, premiered on Sept. 8, 1986, and ran until Sept. 11, 1987. The Game Show Network has aired reruns of the original "Card Sharks," the 1986 revival and the 1986 syndicated version of the show.