Supermarket Sweep is an American television game show. The format combined an ordinary team-based quiz show with the novel concept of a live, timed race through a supermarket. In the timed race, cameras followed the teams with shopping carts through a large vacated supermarket with several aisles; the value of items thrown into the cart determined the winning team. The original show was broadcast on ABC from December 20, 1965 to July 14, 1967. Revivals aired on Lifetime from February 5, 1990, to June 16, 1995 (with reruns until August 14, 1998, and on PAX from April 5, 1999, to March 31, 2000), and later from April 3, 2000, to May 23, 2003, with reruns airing until March 26, 2004. Another revival, hosted by Leslie Jones premiered on October 18, 2020 on ABC; the first time ever to air on ABC again ever since after 1967, 53 years after the original run ended.
The UK version entitled Dale's Supermarket Sweep was broadcast on ITV from 6 September, 1993 to 6 September, 2001, had a brief revival that ran in 2007 from 12 February to 31 August, and got another revival on 9 September, 2019 as hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal.
Why It Rocks
- Great, fast-paced format!
- Amazing hosting from David Ruprecht in the U.S., with Leslie Jones deserving a special mention; and both the late great Dale Winton and his replacement Rylan Clark-Neal in the UK.
- Unforgettable theme song, especially the 1993 version.
- Excellent play-by-play commentary.
- The Lifetime version managed to make a short-lived ABC show well-known.
- Nice sets, especially in the PAX version.
The Only Bad Quality
- The "Market Monsters" during the first Lifetime season. Luckily, the producers got rid of them after a while.