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Encyclopedia > The Better Sex

"It's men vs. women in the battle of the sexes!" That's the spiel for the short-lived ABC game show Better Sex. The show lasted from July 18, 1977 - January 13, 1978. The show has two hosts, one male & one female (just to keep things interesting); each one acted as a leader to the team of the appropriate sex. The male host was veteran country music singer "Whisperin" Bill Anderson the female host was future Real People star Sarah Purcell. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... July 18 is the 199th day (200th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 166 days remaining. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... January 13 is the 13th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... James William Anderson III (born November 1, 1937 in Columbia, South Carolina) is an American country music singer and songwriter. ... Real People was an NBC reality television series that aired from 1979 to 1984, generally on Sunday nights. ... Sarah Purcell (born 8 October 1948 in Richmond, Indiana) is known for her television acting and hosting work between 1975 and 1995. ...

The Main Game

The show pitts two teams of six people (6 men & 6 women) in a battle of the sexes elimination format. This game combined elements of Family Feud & Hollywood Squares. One member of the team in control was asked a question (either general knowledge or survey). Then was handed a card, on the card was the correct answer & a bluff answer; the contestant's job is to choose which answer to use to fool the opposing team (the members of the opposite sex) with. After the contestant made his/her choice, up to three members of the opposing team decide to either agree or disagree on the answer. Only two can agree or disagree and once they did, the correct answer is then revealed. If the two players make an incorrect judgement they will have been fooled and they're knocked out of the game; but if they make a correct judgement, not only they stay in the game but the fooling player will be knocked out plus another member of the opposing team of their choice (if the latter happens, the correct judgement team gets control). The first team to eliminate the other team wins the game & $1,000 plus a chance to play for $5,000 in the bonus game. Family Feud is a popular television game show in the USA that pits two families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed of 100 people. ... The Hollywood Squares is a American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. ...

The Bonus Game

In the bonus game, the winning team faces 30 members of the opposite sex in the studio audience. Each team member gets only one chance to knock out as many audience members as they can. As in the game & on his/her turn, one member of the team in control was asked a question, afterwhich was handed a card which has the correct answer only; if he/she can can use fine otherwise he/she can come up with a bluff. After the answer was given by the player, the audience members then vote to agree or disagree on the answer. After the correct answer is revealed, the audience members whom voted wrong were knocked out. Play continues until all six questions are played & if there any audience members left standing, the team loses & the survivors split $500, but if all 30 audience members is knocked out in six questions or less, the winning team splits $5,000.

Teams stay on the show until they lose twice.

External Links

  • The Better Sex rule page
  • Matt Kaiser's Better Sex Page

  Results from FactBites:
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We often forget that Sex is something that comes naturally to all of us, instead, we seem to view ourselves as performers who have to complete an act to perfection.
The clearer both are about each other and Sex the better it is. A feeling that something important needs to be sorted out before going further should not be overlooked.
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