Remote Control (partially lost MTV game show; 1987-1990)

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The show's logo.

Status: Partially Lost

Remote Control was a game show that aired on MTV from December 7th, 1987 to March 16th, 1990. The show has three contestants compete by answering questions posed to them by choosing a channel (category with three questions) and the host Ken Ober asks them a question that relates to that channel. The first contestant to buzz in with the correct answer will earn 5 points. The second question in the chosen channel earns the contestant with the correct answers 10 points and the third question in the chosen channel will earn the contestant with the correct answer 15 points. Each channel has their own style either by an reenactment or cleverly written questions. Round Two is the same as the previous round only the points are doubled, question one earns 10 points, question two earns 20 and question three earns 30 points. After round two is played the player with the lowest score is out of the game in a really sketchy way. After the lowest scoring contestant is eliminated, a 30 second speed round is played where correct answers awards the contestant who buzzes in with the correct answer 10 points. Once 30 seconds expires, another contestant with the lowest score is eliminated and the contestant with the highest score goes on to the bonus round. The winning contestant is strapped to a bed and face 9 monitors (a few of them are rotated or upside down). He or she has 30 seconds to name the artists that are being played on the monitors. Naming all of them in 30 seconds or less wins the contestant a grand prize (a car or trip). Failure to name all of them in 30 seconds or less wins the contestant a prize for each they managed to get successfully.[1]

After the show ended on March 16th, 1990, the show was only reran briefly from April to December 1991 and only bootleg copies of some episodes have circulated heavily. Only one episode of the show was only reran in 2009 on both MTV and MTV2 as a tribute to the then recent passing of the show's host Ken Ober. After that the show was never reran again.

Known Lost Episodes[edit | edit source]

Test Run[edit | edit source]

Pink Player Blue Player Green Player Notes Airdates Status
Robin John Unknown Clips used in a promo Unknown 1987 Partially Found
Marc Kelly Bill Unknown 1987 Lost
Michael Anna Jonathan Unknown 1987 Lost

Season One[edit | edit source]

Pink Player Blue Player Green Player Notes Airdates Status
Unknown Unknown Jonathan Unknown 1987 Lost
Unknown Gary Unknown Screenshot from a TV playing the episode exists Unknown 1987 Lost
Tim Unknown Unknown Unknown 1987 Lost
Unknown Unknown Michael Unknown 1987 Lost
Matthew Unknown Rico Screenshot exists Unknown 1988 Lost
Unknown Unknown Karen Screenshot exists 1987 or 1988 Lost
Unknown Marquette Unknown Unknown 1987 Lost
Maury Unknown Unknown Unknown 1987 Lost
Nancy Dan Beth 1987 or 1988 Lost
Gordon Abby Steve 1987 or 1988 Lost
Marty Spike Joe March 18, 1988 Lost

Season Two[edit | edit source]

Green Player Pink Player Blue Player Notes Airdates Status
Boof Tube Unknown Screenshot exists Unknown 1988 Lost
Dave Unknown Unknown Unknown 1988 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Screenshot exists Unknown 1988 Lost
Steve Gina Unknown Screenshot exists Unknown 1988 Lost
Unknown Lisa Bobby Unknown 1988 Lost
Unknown John Julie Unknown 1988 Lost
Unknown Unknown Greg Unknown 1988 Lost
Unknown Stephen Unknown Unknown 1988 Lost
Becky Andy Betsy Unknown 1988 Lost
Chris Susan Greg Unknown 1988 Lost
Todd Florence Charles Unknown 1988 Lost

Season Three[edit | edit source]

Green Player Blue Player Pink Player Notes Airdates Status
Dean Unknown Unknown 1988 or 1989 Lost
Greg Seema Unknown Screenshot exists 1988 or 1989 Lost
Unknown John Unknown Screenshot exists 1988 or 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Bronson 1988 or 1989 Lost
Susan Tracey Unknown 1988 or 1989 Lost
Unknown Brad Unknown 1988 or 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Raphael 1988 or 1989 Lost
Jeff Laura Unknown Screenshot exists March 14, 1989 Lost
Melissa Unknown Unknown 1988 or 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Screenshot exists March 1989 Lost
Unknown Pam Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Maria Unknown 1988 or 1989 Lost
Patrick Elizabeth Allen 1988 or 1989 Lost
Jim Kevin Craig 1988 or 1989 Lost
Mike Amy Marc 1988 or 1989 Lost
Johnny J.K. Jody 1988 or 1989 Lost
Ron Jennifer Chris 1988 or 1989 Lost
Rob Barbara Ken 1988 or 1989 Lost

Season Four[edit | edit source]

Blue Player Pink Player Green Player Notes Airdates Status
Unknown Wendy Damo June 30, 1989 Lost
Jamie Shelly Unknown Screenshot exists July 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Jason Unknown 1989 Lost
Cake Unknown Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Jim Unknown Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Andrea Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Andy Unknown 1989 Lost
Ilene Tom Weezy September 1989 Lost

Season Five[edit | edit source]

Blue Player Pink Player Green Player Notes Airdates Status
Robert Unknown Unknown March 1990 Lost
Mark Unknown Unknown Unknown 1990 Lost
Wayne Unknown Unknown Unknown 1990 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Screenshot exists Unknown 1990 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 1990 Lost
Unknown Unknown Bill Unknown 1990 Lost
Jim Unknown Josh Unknown 1990 Lost
Victor Unknown Unknown Unknown 1990 Lost
Unknown Richard Unknown Screenshot exists Unknown 1990 Lost
Theji Unknown David Screenshot exists Unknown 1990 Lost
Fish Unknown Unknown Unknown 1990 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Screenshot exists March 16, 1990 Lost
Troll Al-X Barb March 1989 Lost

Syndication (1989-90)[edit | edit source]

Blue Player Pink Player Green Player Notes Airdates Status
Davis Unknown Tim Screenshot exist Unknown 1989 Lost
Bob Unknown Dara Screenshot exist Unknown 1989 Lost
Folzman Unknown Gary Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Anthony Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Colette Ric Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Screenshot exists Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Joe Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Adam Unknown 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Unknown October 1989 Lost
Unknown Unknown Vinnie January 18, 1990 Lost

Availability[edit | edit source]

Episodes surface on YouTube every so often but there are some episodes that have not been seen since their original airings and are not know to be in circulation. Information on these missing episodes are really scarce and names of the contestants who participated are not known. Photos from the missing episodes have made the rounds online and footage from the missing episodes have been seen in several promos for the show.[2] The Remote Control fandom has compiled an episode guide of all the episodes, it also includes episodes that are not circulating and what information is known about the missing episodes.

Videos[edit | edit source]

Promo for the show's premiere that has snippets from a missing episode.

External Link[edit | edit source]

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