Barry-Enright Productions was a television company that made game and panel shows.
They began in cooperation with Friendly Productions creating the kids' game show Juvenile Jury as well as their most famous--and infamous--show, Twenty-One. It was in this show that they were grooming Charles Van Doren to be a reigning champion so he was fed answers and then-champion Herb Stempel was instructed to throw a game so Van Doren would win. A little girl on Juvenile Jury in 1953 told TV audiences she was told what to say. The company's Tic Tac Dough had a similar fate, as 16-year-old Kristen Falke deliberately lost a game as she was fed answers in advance and felt her victory would be tainted.
Barry-Enright created Concentration for NBC daytime in 1958. After Jack Barry and Dan Enright were virtually exiled from television after their role in the Quiz Show Scandals, NBC took over production of this show and it ran to 1973. (NBC also assumed production duties on Tic Tac Dough.)
Barry tested the waters of TV again in 1969 with a pilot for a game that in 1972 would become The Joker's Wild. CBS bought the show, and Barry was back in business. CBS had imposed a ban on giveaway shows in 1958 following the scandals and lifted it in 1972 under the provision that no contestant could exceed an imposed cap of $25,000 in winnings. The Joker's Wild was a hit for CBS (a bigger hit in syndication), and Jack Barry found his way into the hearts of TV audiences again. He and Enright learned a hard lesson from the Scandals, as their 70s and 80s show were scandal-free.
Barry died in 1984 with his boots on, as host of the syndicated Joker's Wild at the time.
Barry-Enright TV Shows
|Juvenile Jury||NBC, 1947-54; Syndicated, 1970-71, 1989-91; BET, 1983-84||BET edition as Nipsey Russell's Juvenile Jury|
|Life Begins At Eighty||NBC, 1950; DuMont, 1952-55; ABC, 1956||Began on radio|
|Back That Fact||ABC, 1953|
|Winky Dink And You||CBS, 1953-57; Syndicated, 1969-73||Children's show|
|Twenty-One||NBC, 1956-58||New show under different production company aired on NBC 2001|
|High Low||NBC, 1956|
|Tic Tac Dough||NBC, 1956-59; CBS, 1978; Syndicated, 1978-86, 1990-91||NBC assumes production, 1958; Billed as The New Tic Tac Dough briefly in 1978|
|You're On Your Own||CBS, 1956-57|
|Concentration||NBC, 1958-73||NBC assumes production, 1958; new series licensed to Jim Victory Television made 1973|
|Dough Re Mi||NBC, 1958-60||NBC assumes production, 1958|
|Everybody's Talking||ABC, 1967||Barry created show for Jerome Schnur Prods.|
|The Reel Game||ABC, 1971||with Four-Star Productions|
|The Joker's Wild||CBS, 1972-75; Syndicated, 1976-86, 1990-91||In association with CBS, 1972-75; in association with Kline & Friends, 1990-91|
|Hollywood's Talking||CBS, 1973|
|Blank Check||NBC, 1975|
|We've Got Your Number||Proposed for Syndication, 1975||Unsold pilot|
|Break the Bank||ABC, 1976; syndicated, 1967-77|
|Way Out Games||CBS, 1976-77||Kids' Saturday morning game show; in association with MGM Television|
|Hollywood Connection||Syndicated, 1977-78||In assocation with Golden West|
|Joker! Joker!! Joker!!!||Syndicated, 1979-81||Children's version of The Joker's Wild|
|Play The Percentages||Syndicated, 1980|
|Hot Potato||NBC, 1984|
|Bumper Stumpers||USA cable, 1987-90||in association with Wink Martindale Productions and Global Television|
|Chain Letters||ITV-Thames, 1987-95||For British TV; in association with Columbia/Tri-Star International|
|Pictionary||Syndicated, 1989-90, 1997-98|
|Hold Everything!||Syndicated, 1990-91|
|All About The Opposite Sex||Syndicated, 1990|