Card Sharks (2001)

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How NOT to revive a classic.

In the 2001-2002 television season, there was an ill-fated attempt to revive the classic game show Card SharksBTSW for syndication.


The format is almost the same, except for a few changes, all covered below.

Why It Sucks

  1. Lack of drama.
  2. A very lazy set.
  3. Inept hosting from Pat Bullard, who'd already proven his incompetence on previous game shows he'd hosted.
  4. Due to each player sharing a single row of cards, a contestant could potentially have a good run and get hit by a bad card, causing the opponent to win effortlessly.
  5. The money the contestant wins is their stake at the Money Cards, so the contestant can potentially win less than that total if the cards outright blow.
  6. The Money Cards now uses a 3-2-1 pyramid, instead of having the third card on the second row.
  7. The cards are now turned over with a button, which is very lazy.
  8. A contestant now has to use Clip Chips just to change the card.
  9. The interesting (sometimes hilarious) surveys are gone. Instead, we have lousy, Street Smarts-esque questions.
  10. It was so bad, that after this version tanked, absolutely zero attempts were made to revive the series before 2019, not counting Game$how Marathon's 2006 effort.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The announcer, Gary Kroeger, is the only one of the cast to not have only been there for the check.
  2. The 2000 pilot had a better format and a significantly less lazy (and more game show-like) set.


The set was recycled and repurposed for the short-lived Press Your Luck revival Whammy!, which aired on GSN from 2002-03.


A full episode, if you're brazen enough to watch it. Also, Game Show Gumbo (formerly Game Show Garbage)'s Top 5 Worst Revivals of the Past 30 Years places this at #2, behind only Temptation: The New Sale of the Century.



14 months ago
Score -1
I got killed by a shark at the beach yesterday.

Steve The Rapper

9 months ago
Score -1
Then how did you comment here?


3 months ago
Score 0
There was a rumor where another revival of this show was coming last year, but was never reveled.

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