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Grand Game is a game where contestants can win up to $10,000 in cash by picking products that are under a target price.

GameplayEdit

  • The contestant begins with $1 displayed on a game board and a "target price." The contestant is then shown six grocery items, four of which are priced below the target price and two of which are priced above.
  • The contestant selects an item they believe is less than the target price. If they are correct, a zero was added to the display, increasing the prize to $10. This is repeated for two more items, correct answers increasing the prize to $100 and then $1,000. To this point, if a contestant selects an item priced above the target price, they leave with the amount shown on the board, including $1 for choosing incorrectly on the first pick.
  • After winning $1,000, the contestant may quit the game and keep the $1,000 or risk it to choose the one remaining product that does not exceed the target price. If the contestant picks the last item that is below the target price, he/she wins $10,000. If he/she gets it wrong, the contestant wins nothing and the game is over.

HistoryEdit

  • The game premiered on May 16, 1980 (#3685D). The first win in Grand Game was on November 10, 1980 (#3861D), the eighth playing. The winner, a Samoan named Pauline Anderson, proceeded to chase Bob Barker around the stage resulting in a classic moment seen in many clip specials. On one occasion, it was played on the April Fools Day 2015 episode (#7073K, when Bob Barker returned as the show's "April Fool"), when a TV was being displayed, during a playing of Switch?.
  • The displays for the grocery item’s prices were originally light green on dark green. They changed to the current dark green on yellow in early 1982, definitely by February 2 (#4382D).
  • From late 1984 until April 1990, the game was introduced by a graphic reading "Ten Thousand Dollars" in red lettering. Until early 1986, the graphic simply read "Ten Thousand".
  • The music sting used to introduce the game is the last few seconds of the theme to Family Feud. From September 14, 1992 (#8491D) to June 16, 1994 (#9254D), the game used the 1988 (and current) theme.
  • On The New Price is Right, small prizes were used, and target prices ranged from $50 to over $100. The game was accompanied by the Fortune Hunter Intro Cue.
  • Originally, the Giant Price Tag was placed down, meaning the top of the Grand Game sign would be seen, thus ruining the mystery of what game would be played next. Later on, the Giant Price Tag was raised, and a different opening shot was used.
  • On March 6, 2000 (#1391K), a new font was introduced for the "$10,000" portion of the game. However, the ".00" retains the original font style until it got replaced on April 4, 2000 (#1412K).
  • Starting on May 17, 2002 (#001SP), Grand Game's top prize for prime time specials is $20,000.
  • On September 5, 2012 (#6023K, aired out of order on September 4), Grand Game was played for $40,000 to celebrate 40 years of Price is Right. Contestant Pamela Howard, who first appeared in a 1976 nighttime episode with Dennis James and won an airplane, lost the game on the last pick.
  • On April 25, 2013 (#6324K, aired out of order on April 23), November 19, 2014 (#6893K, aired out of order on November 14, originally rescheduled to air on November 12), and October 15, 2015 (#7244K, aired out of order on October 14, originally rescheduled to air on October 16) for Price's "Big Money Week", and the "Best of 2015" special on December 31, 2015 (#7344K), the Grand Game was played for $100,000, starting at $10. The first and third playings were lost on the third pick (won $1,000), the fourth playing was a wipeout on the first pick (won $10), and the second playing won all the money.
    • Note that on the first playing (April 25, 2013, #6324K, aired out of order on April 23) the board operator flipped to the "$0" after contestant Jamie Caruso lost on the third pick, which violates the Standards and Practices for broadcasting. Thus, the contestant wins the money as the host Drew Carey informed in the ensuing Showcase Showdown.
  • On June 24, 2016 (#7595K, aired out of order on September 1), in celebration of the 11,000th episode of The Young and the Restless, which aired on September 1, Grand Game was played for $11,000, starting at $1.10. On top of that, it was won.
  • The appearance of Grand Game was updated on April 2, 2013 (#6292K), to include an updated Grand Game sign and new electronic displays for the money ladder (which no longer had the ".00") and target price. If the contestant loses, the flashing lights on the two displays stop flashing and "freeze". If the contestant loses everything on the fourth shot, both electronic displays turn red and the money ladder goes down to $0.
  • Grand Game was won 13 times out of the 14 that had been played on the primetime version of the show. $10,000 was won from the 2nd (August 23, #002P), 4th (September 4, #004P) and 5th (September 11, #005P) primetime special from 1986. 10/11 had the cash prize of won. 6 of those wins were from Bob Barker's tenure and 4 of those wins were from Drew Carey's tenure.
  • This is one of only two pricing games that do not involve any of the show's models (the other being Hot Seat).
  • On the April Fool's Day 2016 (#7475K) episode, the $10,000 bill from Punch-A-Bunch was set up for the game, and the grocery item labels were light blue to match with the target price.
  • On January 9, 2019 (#8573K), contestant Frankie James won an additional $20,000 bonus courtesy of Publishers Clearing House. It was played in the first slot.
  • On September 25, 2019 (#8823K, aired out of order on December 6, originally rescheduled to air on September 26, but was preempted due to the testimony for Joseph Maguire, acting director for national intelligence), Grand Game had a new look. It has a new logo with The Price is Right dollar sign.

TriviaEdit

  • To make the game work, the staff would do 1 of 2 methods. For 1, they can either show the target price and find 4 grocery items less than the target price with the other 2 being more than the target price. Or 2, they can select any 6 grocery items and then place a target price so that 4 are below and that 2 are above.
  • The most number of times this game was played in any season was 30.
  • Grand Game was one of seven pricing games seen on the third taping session of Season 36, which was seen on October 17, 2007 (#4043K, aired out of order on November 13), October 25, 2007 (#4054K, aired out of order on January 3, 2008), October 29, 2007 (#4061K, aired out of order on December 13), November 6, 2007 (#4072K, aired out of order on October 17), November 15, 2007 (#4084K, aired out of order on November 7), and November 23, 2007 (#4095K, aired out of order on October 26). It was also one of four "old" pricing games seen on the tenth/eleventh taping session of the season, which was seen on November 30, 2007 (#4105K), December 6, 2007 (#4114K, aired out of order on December 3), December 11, 2007 (#4122K, aired out of order on December 10), January 11, 2008 (#4135K), January 16, 2008 (#4143K), and January 24, 2008 (#4154K).

Foreign versions of Grand GameEdit

  • While Grand Game's rules in other countries tend to be the same as the US, they may have different cash prizes, such as CDN$2,000 on Canada's Misez Juste or 10,000₣ on France's Le Juste Prix (equaling about US$2,000 after conversion to the euro).
    • On Mexico's Atínale al Precio (2010), whose game in this version is titled Cero de la Fortuna ("Zero of Fortune"), they had to choose five of the seven grocery items priced below the target price to win the top prize of MX$100,000. They could quit with their money before picking the fourth or fifth item.
    • In The Price Is Right Thailand ราคาพารวย the top prize is ฿20,000 as they started at ฿2.
  • Germany's Der Preis ist heiß was overhauled for their version, called Vier mal die Nul (Four times the Zero). To win the DM10,000 grand prize, a contestant had to pick which was the correct product to a given question (i.e., which costs more?). Like the US, they started at DM1, and they used grocery products.
  • The Vietnamese version, called Không mà có (No but yes) uses the "all or nothing" rule, so if the contestant selects an item priced above the target price, they don't get to keep the money they have earned, no matter how many items they picked correctly. They started at 0, an oddity, unlike most of the countries that start with 1.

PicturesEdit

First Look (May 16, 1980, #3685D-March 18, 2013, #6271K, aired out of order on March 19)Edit

First Grand Game Winner (November 10, 1980, #3861D)Edit

First $1,000 Bailout in Grand Game (April 24, 1981, #4095D)Edit

Suzanne's $1,000 Bailout (October 21, 1982, #4634D)Edit

Susan's $10,000 Win on the 13th Season Premiere Week (September 14, 1984, #5395D)Edit

A $1,000 Bailout From the 15th Season Premiere (September 8, 1986, #6171D)Edit

Da's Grand Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 22, 1986, #6311D)Edit

Duane's Grand Game Loss on the 16th Season Premiere (September 14, 1987, #6561D)Edit

Carmen's $10,000 Grand Game Win (February 12, 1990, #7541D)Edit

Frances' Grand Game Win on the 20th Season Premiere (September 9, 1991, #8091D)Edit

Phat's $1,000 Bailout in Grand Game (February 15, 1993, #8701D)Edit

Sharon's Grand Game Win on the 23rd Season Premiere (September 12, 1994, #9261D)Edit

A Grand Game Loss on the Final Episode of the Doug Davidson Version (January 27, 1995, #0080N)Edit

Lara's Grand Game Christmas Eve Loss (December 24, 1996, #0182K)Edit

Mary Jo's $10,000 Win in Grand Game (March 24, 1999, #1063K)Edit

Nicole's Grand Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 22, 2000, #1635K)Edit

Enrico's $1,000 Bailout in Grand Game (April 15, 2002, #2131K)Edit

First Appearance of $20,000 Grand Game (May 17, 2002, #001SP)Edit

Grand Game's Only Primetime Loss featuring Larry King (December 13, 2003, #013SP)Edit

An April Fools Day Grand Game Win from Season 33 (April 1, 2005, #3225K)Edit

Joshua's Grand Game Christmas Miracle Win (December 23, 2005, #3465K)Edit

Troy Plays Grand Game in Flip Flops (January 5, 2006, #3474K)Edit

Final Playing with Bob Barker (June 14, 2007, #4034K)Edit

Carolyn's $1,000 Bailout (April 7, 2009, #4702K)Edit

Heather's Grand Game Win on the Ceremonial 7,000th Show (November 5, 2009, #4894K, in reality, the 7,146th episode)Edit

A Grand Game Blooper (April 6, 2010, #5112K)Edit

Phillip Plays Grand Game with Chris Daughtry (October 13, 2011, #5664K, aired out of order on January 5, 2012)Edit

Grand Game for $40,000 (September 5, 2012, #6023K, aired out of order on September 4)Edit

Ricardo Plays Grand Game with Sharon Osborne (January 23, 2013, #6193K, aired out of order on February 20)Edit

Last Playing With Original Set (March 18, 2013, #6271K, aired out of order on March 19)Edit

Second Look (April 2, 2013, #6292K-June 20, 2019, #8804K)Edit

First Appearance of $100,000 Grand Game (April 25, 2013, #6324K, aired out of order on April 23)Edit

Mark's $100,000 Win (November 19, 2014, #6893K, aired out of order on November 14, originally resheduled to air on November 12)Edit

Another Playing of $100,000 Grand Game (October 15, 2015, #7244K, aired out of order on October 14, originally rescheduled to air on October 16)Edit

$100,000 Grand Game from the Best of 2015 Special (December 31, 2015, #7344K)Edit

$11,000 Grand Game (June 24, 2016, #7595K, aired out of order on September 1)Edit

Daytime Debut of $20,000 Grand Game (October 28, 2016, #7665K)Edit

Teddy Plays Grand Game with Wilmer Valderrama (February 23, 2017, #7824K, aired out of order on February 21)Edit

A $20,000 Daytime Winner in Grand Game (February 22, 2018, #8224K, aired out of order on February 21)Edit

Kara's Grand Game Wipeout (September 21, 2018, #8415K, aired out of order on November 13)Edit

Grand Game for $50,000 (October 12, 2018, #8445K)Edit

Frankie's $30,000 Win from Publisher's Clearing House Week (January 9, 2019, #8573K)Edit