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Spin-Off (game show)

Spin-Off is an American game show created and produced by Nick Nicholson and E. Roger Muir[1] for CBS in 1975 that was based on the dice game Yahtzee. The series was hosted by Jim Lange and announced by Johnny Jacobs. The show replaced The Joker's Wild on CBS' daytime schedule and debuted on June 16, 1975, but was cancelled on September 5, 1975. Spin-Off originated in Stages 31, 33 and 41 at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California.[2]

Created byNick Nicholson
E. Roger Muir
Directed byBob Schwarz
Presented byJim Lange
Narrated byJohnny Jacobs
Country of originUSA
No. of episodes50
Executive producer(s)Nick Nicholson
E. Roger Muir
Barbara Horn
Producer(s)Willie Stein
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Nicholson-Muir Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJune 16 – September 5, 1975


Two couples, one pair being the returning champions, competed. The couples answered questions to spin a series of five "spinners" — rapidly changing eggcrate readouts that flashed numbers from 1 to 6 at the rate of 17 digits per second — to build a Yahtzee-type hand.

With each correct answer, each spinner randomly flashed the numbers rapidly and were stopped by pressing a button. The couple could keep the hand shown, or reject some or all of the numbers and earn up to two opportunities to improve the hand (but must gain control with a correct answer). If the couple kept the hand, the opposing couple had one chance to better the hand. The couple with the top hand received one of the following payoffs:

Hand Award
One Pair $50
Two Pair $75
Three of a Kind $100
Straight $125
Full House $150
Four of a Kind $175
Five of a Kind $200

The first couple to amass $250[3] (later $200[4]) won the game and advanced to the Super Spin-Off bonus round. Both couples kept their money and bonus prizes.

Super Spin-OffEdit

In the Super Spin-Off, the winning couple had up to three tries to build the best hand possible, with a maximum payoff of $10,000. They could only work one spinner at a time, with up to three chances to change each number in sequence. Once the couple had used up all three of their allotted changes on a spinner, it froze and the number displayed on it automatically became part of the player's hand.

In order to win the top prize, the couple had to not only spin a straight but have it displayed in the proper sequence, with the numbers 1–6 needing to be displayed counting up to six or backward to one for it to count. These were also the only straights that paid off, as no money was awarded for normal straights in the bonus game.

Hand Award
One Pair $250
Two Pair $500
Three of a Kind $1,000
Full House $1,500
Four of a Kind $2,500
Five of a Kind $5,000


  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "E. Roger Muir, 89, Dies; Backed Howdy Doody", The New York Times, October 28, 2008. Accessed October 28, 2008.
  2. ^ "Shows–CBS Television City". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ Schwartz, David; Steve Ryan; Fred Wostbrock (1999). "Spin-Off". The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows (3rd ed.). Facts on File. pp. 204–205. ISBN 0-8160-3847-3.
  4. ^ Nicholson-Muir Productions. Spin-Off. Starring Jim Lange. Featuring Marty and Becky versus Alden and Donna in first match. 1975.