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"The Poopsmith, for 500 points..."

On more than one occasion The Brothers Chaps have made reference to plenty of television game shows on the Homestar Runner website. Homestar Runner's own show, The Show, spoofs many of these shows, especially those made in the 1970s. However, this article also explains other references to game shows beyond just The Show.


[edit] The Dating Game

  • Punkin Show — Homestar refers to the "next bachelor".

[edit] Family Feud

  • Email invisibility — While invisible, Strong Bad is watching TV, which is apparently showing a game show, and he says, "Survey says... you're an idiot!"
  • Homestar Ruiner — When Strong Bad is about to delete an email message, he says, "Survey says... deleted!"
  • Email dictionary — The answer board from the Fast Money round appears in one scene and an Easter egg.
  • Punkin Show — Homestar asks for a result by saying, "Ding board says."
  • The Show: Ween Edition — The cards Homestar flips over for the Brothers Strong are in the style of Family Feud flip panels, with their initials instead of numbers. The lines the announcer says as Homestar flips the cards over are also references to the show. The sliding needlepoint door with "The Brothers Strong" is also a clear nod to the show's Richard Dawson/Ray Combs era where each episode would begin with the same doors with the names of the competing families that reveal the contestants, usually doing absurd poses behind it.

[edit] Hollywood Squares

  • Email the show — Homestar says, "Pom Pom, for the block..." The term "block" refers to preventing one from getting three X's or O's in a row.
  • Email geddup noise — Homestar refers to the center square. On this show, this is where famous comics would often sit for long periods at a time.

[edit] Jeopardy!

  • Email 12:00 — Strong Bad's email intro goes thus: "I'll take Strong Bad Email for a thousand, please."
  • Email dictionary — As he begins to answer the email, Strong Bad mentions "quotient quotables", most likely a parody of a common category on this show, "Potent Potables".
  • Punkin Show — "Please phrase your pumpkin in the form of" is a reference to the show's format, where contestants must phrase their response in the form of a question.
  • Fan 'Stumes 2023 — The blue-screened category selection seen in the final round is similar to Jeopardy!.

[edit] Let's Make a Deal

[edit] Match Game

  • Email the show — The commercial bumper music is partly lifted from this show's theme music.
  • Email 4 branches — The name of "The Show AM" alludes to a version of Match Game intended for evening syndication as Match Game PM.

[edit] Press Your Luck and Whammy!

  • Email the bet — Strong Bad's introduction ("Come on, big money! Big money!!") is in the spirit of a typical contestant's excited screams during play.
  • Email redesign — When Strong Bad is cycling through different color schemes for his redesigned No Loafing Sign, he says, "No Whammies, no Whammies!"
  • Homestar Ruiner — When Homestar is in the shower at the Locker Room, he occasionally says, "No Whammies, no Whammies, no Whammies..."
  • Punkin Show — The Fadey Screen is in the same style as the Big Board slides.

[edit] The Price Is Right

  • Email the show — Homestar's microphone resembles the one used by Bob Barker on this show.
  • Main Page 19 — There are several allusions:
    • The Trip to Hawaii board is styled like ones in long-time use on The Price is Right.
    • The Gremlin is revealed and announced in a style similar to the show.
    • The chair has a "$??" sign, implying that its price must be guessed like on any of numerous pricing games.
    • The sound effect after the wrong answer was apparently guessed was styled after Price's "losing horns".
  • Strong Badia the Free — When Coach Z is chosen for the draft, he remarks, "I think they've all overbid! One dollar! One dollar!"
  • The Show: Ween Edition — The narrator prompts Bubs to guess Homestar's misinterpretation of his costume, "without going over".

[edit] Wheel of Fortune

  • Main Page 19 — The golden The Cheat statue brings to mind the ceramic dog statues common as prizes in the early years of the show's run.
  • Email redesign — The wheel on the box for the "Color Wheel Roulette" board game resembles the titular wheel from this show.
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