Glamorous Head Shot of Claire Taylor

The Stars

Bernard and Claire Boiko won enough money on TV game shows to escape debt and follow their dreams. From Tic-Tac-Dough in 1956 to Jeopardy in 1967 to Trivial Pursuit in 1993, they competed on national television 28 times — probably the longest-running record of individual TV game show appearances by husband and wife in the world.

Daughter Patricia melds 10 different TV game shows and a snappy soundtrack with vivid motion graphics and vintage footage to paint an intimate portrait of her quirky parents, paradigms of 20th century family life. Yet — as their poignant romance and ribald experiences reveal the fascinating historical context of their times — the winning couple also come to be seen as curiously-relatable outsiders to mainstream culture.

Themes of love, hardship, and achievement add emotional weight to Bernard’s parting words, “If it’s a lucky life, it’s mine.” Quick cash and fabulous prizes, the thrill of winning and the lasting joy of this different family make this a wonderful story of dreams unexpectedly fulfilled.

The Crew

Patrticia Boiko accepts award

Patricia Boiko

Writer, Director, Narrator, Producer


Brian Kinsella

Composer and Music Director


Jim Golingo and GolPost

Post-Production Editing, Color, and Motion Graphics

Motion Graphics:

Molly Murphy

Samuel Anderson


Bad Animals

Post-Production Sound

Consultant Editor:
Gretchen Burger
Ruth Neuwald-Falcon

Bernard Boiko was in the Army when he met Claire in 1950
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