Contestants with unusual occupations were interviewed by the panelists. Only questions that could be answered with a "yes" or "no" were allowed. At the conclusion of the questioning, the ... See full summary »
Contestants with unusual occupations were interviewed by the panelists. Only questions that could be answered with a "yes" or "no" were allowed. At the conclusion of the questioning, the panelists attempted to guess the contestants occupation. There was also a "mystery guest", usually a famous person; the panelists had to wear masks when questioning this person and the guest usually disguised his/her voice. Written by
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From 1950-1967 all episodes of "What's My Line" were recorded on kinescope (film). In 1959 videotape was first introduced as the method to prerecord episodes so Goodson Todman Productions could stockpile them for vacations that their employees and the show's performers could take in the future. The company reused the same Ampex videotapes over and over. The company paid CBS to make kinescopes of the prerecorded episodes as well as the live ones. Ampex videotape was too expensive to use as a permanent record of a broadcast. Its most important use was to allow people who worked on weekly game shows to take vacations in the summer and for Christmas and New Years Eve. As of 2009 an American basic cable channel called GSN telecasts ten episodes of the series every December. An astute viewer can use the Internet to identify the year that the episode aired live or was videotaped. See more »
This is my favorite game show...enjoyed as a child and more so as an adult!
I watched "What's My Line" as a child and am grateful for the chance to see the series again as part of the Game Show Network's current lineup (as of January 2003). This particular show is wonderful in all it's incarnations, though I really enjoy the "early years" from 1951 thru 1967. Besides the fun of guessing the contestants' occupations, it's a joy to listen to the humorous banter of the 4 panelists and the host John Charles Daily. The special guests add an entertaining and historical aspect to the show, as so many of the guests have long since passed away. Though I like many game shows, "What's My Line" will long remain my favorite...and one of the reasons I enjoy the late night hours lately! Check it out before the Game Show Networks revamps their lineup!
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