Game show dynamos

Game show dynamos

Original title: Game show dynamos
Production: Winning Pictures
Country: United States
Director: Patricia Boiko
Music: Brian Kinsella
Cast: Bernard Boiko; Claire Taylor Boiko
Year: 2014
Duration: 60
Genre: Biographical documentary
Color: Color
Original language: English
Languages available: English
Subtitles: Spanish


Bernard and Claire Boiko won enough money on TV game shows to escape debt and follow their dreams. From Tic-Tac-Dough in 1956 to Jeopardy in 1967 to Trivial Pursuit in 1993, they competed on national television 28 times — probably the longest-running record of individual TV game show appearances by husband and wife in the world.

Daughter Patricia melds 10 different TV game shows and a snappy soundtrack with vivid motion graphics and vintage footage to paint an intimate portrait of the quirky couple, paradigms of 20th century family life. Yet — as their poignant romance and ribald experiences reveal the fascinating historical context of their times — the winning couple also come to be seen as curiously-relatable outsiders to mainstream culture.

Themes of love, hardship, and achievement add emotional weight to Bernard’s parting words, “If it’s a lucky life, it’s mine.” Quick cash and fabulous prizes, the thrill of winning and the lasting joy of this different family make this a wonderful story of dreams unexpectedly fulfilled.

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