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Trivia Trap
Trivia Trap title logo.
Format Game show
Created by Mark Goodson
Presented by Bob Eubanks
Narrated by Gene Wood
Charlie O'Donnell
Bob Hilton
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 128
Location(s) The Prospect Studios
Hollywood, California
Running time 30 Minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run October 8, 1984 – April 5, 1985

Trivia Trap is an American game show created by Mark Goodson Television Productions. It originally ran from October 8, 1984 to April 5, 1985 on ABC. The game featured two teams of three players each who competed against each other to answer trivia questions in various formats. Bob Eubanks was the host, and Gene Wood announced during the first two weeks. Charlie O'Donnell announced during the third week and was replaced by Bob Hilton for the remainder of the series.

Trivia Trap was the final Mark Goodson-produced game show to have an original format. All other game shows that have premiered since have been revivals or produced by Goodson's son Jonathan.


First Round


First format

Two teams of three players competed. These were identified the Juniors, who wore blue sweaters, and all the players were under 30 years of age; and the Seniors, who wore red sweaters, and who were over the age 30. These two teams each played games of trivia to reach a goal of $1,000.

In the show's original format, two teams were shown two rows of monitors with four answers in each row. The team in control chose one of the two rows, and then a question was asked pertaining to those answers. The team members took turns selecting an answer that they thought was wrong, until all three wrong answers were eliminated, or the correct answer was chosen. The team received $50 for each wrong answer, and $300 for eliminating all three incorrect answers. After one team played their question, a new row replaced the one used, and the second team chose which row to play. Each team played two questions.

Second format

Fact or Fiction?

On December 17, 1984 the front game was changed. The champions were given the choice of two colored envelopes (red or black). Eubanks asked a true/false question to each player, one player at a time, worth $25. The other team would then play the other envelope. For the second part, the challengers had the choice of envelopes. Each team played two envelopes.

The Trivia Trap Round

The team in the lead (or the champions, in case of a tie) played first and had a choice of two categories. After the category was chosen, four answers were shown. One player would answer, then the other two had a choice to agree with that answer or disagree. Whether the players agreed or disagreed correctly determined the value of a correct answer. If all of them agreed and the answer was right, the team won $200. If one agreed and it was correct, the team won $100. If everybody disagreed it would be worth $50, but if they disagreed correctly, they would then be able to choose the correct answer in the same way explained above. Like before, the other player could disagree to try to save the team. After the question, the other team played the other category. Each team played two questions.

$1,000 Trivia Race

Control began with the team in the lead; in case of a tie, control began with the champions. Three categories were shown and the team in control of the board chose which category they wanted. After a category was chosen a new one replaced it. Eubanks read the question, and one at a time, the players answered. If a player answered correctly, the team kept control and chose another category. $100 was awarded for each correct answer; starting in the show's second week, $200 was awarded for each correct answer after the 10th question (15th question from February 4 to 6, 1985). If none of the players answered correctly, the other team gained control.

The first team to reach the goal of $1,000 won the game and went on to play for a possible $10,000.

$10,000 Trivia Ladder

The champion team members played individually rather than as a collective team. The three players were placed in order by the number of questions correctly answered in the Trivia Race. A row of monitors rose to the first level of the Trivia Ladder. Four answers were shown to the player who answered the most questions correctly. That player could then play that question or pass it to the next player, who, in turn, could either play that question or pass it to the last player. If a player answered correctly they won $1,000. If the player answered incorrectly, that player was eliminated from the bonus game but did return to play the next day.

After the first question was asked, the row of monitors rose to the next level of the ladder, and four new answers were shown to the better-ranked player of those remaining. As before, that player could either answer or pass to the last player. For the third question, the remaining player had to answer.

Any player who answered a question correctly on a lower rung of the ladder played the final question for $10,000. Four answers were shown as before. The players locked-in the answer they believed was correct via a hidden panel in their podium. If only one player was participating, that player simply said which answer he or she believed was correct. Any player who correctly answered the question won $10,000. If more than one player gave the correct answer on the final question, those players equally shared the $10,000 prize.

Any team that played the Trivia Ladder five times retired undefeated.


The biggest winner was Kandi Doyle, a former Blockbusters champion, who won $40,072 individually when her Senior team retired undefeated with a collective total of $54,225, the second biggest collective total achieved by a team.[citation needed]

The highest collective total earned was $65,500 by a Junior team.[citation needed]


The pilot had several differences in game play. In Round 1, a team could try to find the right answer for $100 or pick the wrong answers for $50 each. In the latter case, the third player would then have to try and pick the right answer for $100.

In the Trivia Ladder, the players had to eliminate all wrong answers on each level, earning $100 for one answer, $500 for two, and $1,000 and the right to play for $10,000 for all three.

Episode status

All episodes of the show exist, and have been seen on GSN at various times. The program also aired in the UK in the 1990s as part of Living TV's daytime lineup.



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