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Product Details

  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: MVD7659D
  • UPC: 760137765998
  • Street Date: 09/29/15
  • PreBook Date: 08/25/15
  • Label: Gameshow »
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run Time: 60 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 2014
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: NORTH AMERICA
  • Language: English


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       Bernard Boiko
  •       Claire Boiko
  • Director: Patricia Boiko
  • Producer: Patricia Boiko
  • Director: Patricia Boiko
  • Producers: Patricia Boiko


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Game Show Dynamos

An All-American Story of Deep Debt, Quick Cash and Fabulous Prizes

Game Show Dynamos
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He was a history teacher. She was a children's author. Together, Bernard and Claire Boiko of Queens, NY were the dead-broke parents of five children. A pair of curiously relatable outsiders, they captured American hearts and saved their family by doing it. Yes! They appeared on TV game shows 28 times over 37 years. From Tic-Tac-Dough (1956), Now You See It, Concentration, Jeopardy!, The Match Game, To Tell the Truth right up to Trivial Pursuit (1993), the Boiko's competed on national television and quite possibly hold the record for individual TV game show appearances by husband and wife. Narrated by their daughter, Patricia, Game Show Dynamos is an all-American story of family, commitment, challenges and a life-long run at the American dream. English with Spanish, Japanese and Korean subtitles. Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Bonus Materials

  • Bernard and Vanna - Bernard tells a funny story about Vanna White when he was on Wheel of Fortune.
  • Claire and Alex Trebek - Claire tells about the backstage goings-on of 'To Tell The Truth'
  • Michael Brockman Interview - Michael Brockman explains game show history and TV advertising.
  • Embarrassing - Liz (daughter) tells about the embarrassment of her parents being on TV
  • Food - Bob (son) talks about the meaning of food in the Boiko family
  • Immigrants and Protestants- a musical introduction to the immigrant family history of Bernard and the upper class upbringing of Claire.
  • Poverty Story- Hilarious riff by Melinda (daughter) about the family in poverty
  • What the Kids Do- musical rendition of what Bernard and Claire's children do for a living now.
  • Game Show Dynamos Trailer

Sales Points

  • Features numerous appearances on classic TV game shows including Tic-Tac-Dough, Jeopardy, Match Game, To Tell the Truth and more.
  • Ties into Americana and the American fascination with game shows. The Boiko's hold the record for longest run on game shows by a married couple with 28 appearances.
  • Theatrical exposure in cities including New York, Minneapolis, Seattle, San Diego, Marietta, Washington DC...
  • Closed Captioned for the hearing impaired
  • Multiple Language Options: English with Spanish, Korean and Japanese subtitles.

Press Quotes

An endlessly charming look at one of the only purely American art forms--the humble game show--and a uniquely American family that spent the better part of forty years winning on them. Even if you're not a game show junkie like I am, this documentary has lovely gifts for you.

     —Ken Jennings, Champion who won 74 games and $2.52 million, both

I am in awe of your film. High-spirited, light-hearted (even when itââ,¬â„¢s sad), loving, romantic, funny, fun, eye-opening. I adore this movie! When I say 'I laughed, I cried' I really mean it.

     —Robert C. Cumbow, Film Professor, Seattle University

The gameshow motif is masterfully woven throughout. The larger universal themes shine through. Whoever did the motion graphics needs a prominent credit.

     —Fiona Otway, Award Winning Documentary Editor (Drawing the Tige

A wonderful love letter that captures post-war, 20th century America. It's a great example of telling a particular story that illuminates large historical changes and events as well as the whole quirky quiz show saga.

     —Jill Jonnes, PhD, Best Selling Author and Historian


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