Mindreaders (partially found Goodson-Todman game show; 1979-1980)

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The show's logo from the pilots.

Status: Partially Found

Mindreaders was a game show created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman that aired on NBC from August 13, 1979 to January 11, 1980. It was hosted by comedian Dick Martin and had it's format based around ESP where celebrities have to predict if the contestants will say yes or no to a question. This would be the last show Bill Todman would work on as he passed away a month prior to it's premiere[1].


Two teams of four players (three civilians and one celebrity) compete. The host would read a question to one group of three civilian contestants after which they locked in their answers. The celebrity team captain's job was to predict how they answered that question. A correct prediction keeps control for that celebrity captain and predicts the next player in line. If the celebrity is incorrect, the celebrity captain of the opposing team gets to predict the responses of the remaining teammates.

Each correct answer banks $50, with the money going to the other team for incorrect answers, and the first team to reach $300 wins the game and goes on to play the bonus game[2].

The bonus round is played in two parts; Judge The Jury and Celebrity Turnabout. In Judge The Jury, the host asked three questions to the jury (consisting of 10 members of the studio audience). Each contestant on the winning team played each question (one for each contestant). On each question, the jury locked in their answers depending on the criteria of the question and the player operating on that question predicted how many of the jury members said yes or no. Guessing the number exactly won $500 for the team while missing the number by one or two earned $200. The process is repeated two more times before they proceed to Celebrity Turnabout. The winning team now tried to predict if the celebrity captain said yes or no on one last question. Each contestant made a prediction with the majority rule in effect. The celebrity captain then revealed their answer, and if the majority of the team is correct, the winning civilians win 10 times the part one cash for a maximum total of $15,000.


The show was given a 26 week order by NBC based on initial run throughs of the show. But when the show premiered, it did poorly in both ratings and with the critics[3]. The show was so poorly received that it became a joke on Match Game PM told by Peter Marshall (along with Dick Martin) which had everyone in the studio in stitches (including Dick Martin). The show was axed just four weeks early of it's 26 week order and it's final episode aired on January 11, 1980 and was replaced with Chain Reaction the following week[4].


None of the show's 109 episodes were reran in the decades since it's conclusion. Since NBC was still reusing tapes for other shows by the time Mindreaders premiered, it's very likely Mindreaders fell victim to it. A small number of episodes have resurfaced online as well as various clips. An audio recording of the August 13th premiere is confirmed to exist, though it has not surfaced online.


Pilot #3.

August 15, 1979 episode.

December 13, 1979 episode.

First two minutes of December 31, 1979 episode.

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