classic word association game is most closely associated with Dick
but Bill's weekly nighttime version enjoyed a healthy five-year run in
the late seventies. This version is not to be confused with the
daytime series of the 1980s with the same name.
Since Bill's version of Pyramid
was a weekly syndicated show, only thirty episodes were produced each
Those episodes were taped in a grand total of five workdays each
typically spread out over a two month period depending on the
of celebrity panelists. (Fellow fan and researcher Daniel
Benfield tells us the first season shot in the fall of 1974, and
subsequent seasons shot in the spring.) During the
Bill hosted this show in syndication, he hosted a variety of different
games from Bob Stewart Productions on the network daytime
He also continued as a panelist (and occasional substitute host) on the
Tell The Truth.
The staging of Pyramid
quite different whenever Bill participated, in order to avoid showing
limp on camera. As a player, Bill and his partner stayed at their
podium after a win, rather than taking the customary dash to the
Circle. Also, as a player, Bill and his celebrity opponent would
be seated during the opening introductions, rather than making the
As the host of this
moved to the Winner's Circle during the final round, so that he was in
place there at game's end. When necessary, he also conducted
from that position. He did walk onto the set at the beginning,
from behind the main game pyramid so that he only had to take a step or
two to reach his podium.
All 150 episodes still exist and are controlled by Viacom, the original syndicator. These episodes are not among the various incarnations of Pyramid that have been seen on GSN: The Network for Games. Circulating among traders are about twenty episodes (including two in which Dick Clark plays as a celebrity guest), most of which were recorded from a Long Island station that aired reruns in 1985.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The $25,000 Pyramid page at Adam Nedeff's Bill Cullen's World
The more general Pyramid page on Wikipedia