What's My Line? (1950–1967)

TV Series  |   |  Comedy, Family, Game-Show
8.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.6/10 from 783 users  
Reviews: 22 user

Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

Related News

Broadway Star Kitty Carlisle Hart Dead at 96
| WENN

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 22 Sep 2012
 
a list of 33 titles
created 13 Feb 2013
 
a list of 43 titles
created 02 Apr 2014
 
a list of 33 titles
created 10 Aug 2014
 
a list of 23 titles
created 5 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "What's My Line?" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: What's My Line? (1950–1967)

What's My Line? (1950–1967) on IMDb 8.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of What's My Line?.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



10   4   1   Unknown  
1967   1966   1965   1964   1963   1962   … See all »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Groucho Marx hosts a quiz show which features a series of competitive questions and a great deal of humourous conversation.

Stars: Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Melinda Marx
The Price Is Right (TV Series 1972)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Contestants guess the prices of featured products in order to win them.

Stars: Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson
Comedy | Family | Talk-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Stars: Hugh Downs, Jose Melis, Jack Paar
What's My Line? (1968–1975)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Five-day-a-week syndicated update of the longtime CBS game show, wherein celebrity panelists guess occupations of the contestants.

Stars: Arlene Francis, Soupy Sales, Wally Bruner
To Tell the Truth (1969–1978)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Five-day-a-week syndicated revival of one of Goodson-Todman's most durable and longest-lived formats: A celebrity panel determines which of three contestants is the actual person associated with a given story.

Stars: Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass
The Hollywood Squares (1965–1982)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.

Stars: Kenny Williams, Peter Marshall, Cliff Arquette
I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

"I've Got a Secret" debuted on the heels of the successful "What's My Line?" Though "Secret" had somewhat similar rules, there were other elements that gave the show its own distinctive ... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer
Wheel of Fortune (TV Series 1983)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Hosted by Pat Sajak, this game show features 3 contestants who try to solve a puzzle by spinning the wheel and guessing letters in a word or phrase.

Stars: Pat Sajak, Vanna White, Charlie O'Donnell
Super Password (1984–1989)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Second revised version of the classic Mark Goodson game show, where celebrity-contestant teams conveyed passwords using one-word clues.

Stars: Bert Convy, Gene Wood, Tom Poston
Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »

Stars: Monty Hall, Carol Merrill, Wendell Niles
To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Classic game show in which a person of some notoriety and two impostors try to match wits with a panel of four celebrities. The object of the game is to try to fool the celebrities into ... See full summary »

Stars: Bud Collyer, Kitty Carlisle, Tom Poston
Body Language (1984–1986)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Contestants vie for cash prizes in this competition of word puzzles and charades.

Stars: Jamie Farr, Vicki Lawrence, Mindy Cohn
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
John Daly ...
 Himself - Moderator / ... (839 episodes, 1950-1967)
...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (793 episodes, 1950-1967)
Bennett Cerf ...
 Himself - Panelist / ... (717 episodes, 1950-1967)
Dorothy Kilgallen ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (697 episodes, 1950-1965)
Edit

Storyline

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 J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 February 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Occupation Unknown  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(876 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

(1950-1966)| (1966-1967)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Although the final 1966 to 1967 season was broadcast in color, the color videotapes were discarded by CBS. Only black and white kinescope copies of the show were saved for posterity. Thus, we will never see color episodes of this show on GSN, only the b & w versions, which at that time, is what most viewers saw, as over half of the US population did not have color sets. See more »

Quotes

Steve Allen: Is it bigger than a bread box?
See more »

Crazy Credits

The uncredited announcer introduced the first panelist, sometimes the left-most, sometimes the right-most. Beginning with the first panelist, each panelist then introduced the person to his/her left or right, depending upon the first panelist's position. The fourth panelist then introduced moderator John Daly. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Melody In Moccasins
(Open Theme 1)
Composed by Wilfred Burns
Original Publisher: Charles Broude, Ltd. (ASCAP)
Original U.S. Publisher: Emil Ascher, Inc. (ASCAP)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An urbane, witty, and entertaining program
3 January 2005 | by (Independence, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"What's My Line" is one of my favorite programs. The host, John Daly, was an excellent host. He was erudite, respectful, and professional, unlike succeeding game show hosts, who, for the most part, try to be comedians. The panel was also insightful, witty, and humorous without being crude and trying to be funny. They were truly classy people. Even more important to me is to see the civility that existed on that program compared to current programming. It certainly was a different time in terms of respect, manners, and sophistication. As an earlier reviewer, game show formats now appeal to the lowest denominator. Noteworthy is the conduct of the audience. No loud cheering, yelling, and other obnoxious behavior on " What's My line".

How I miss the golden age of television...It was certainly heads and shoulders above most of today's programs which try to pass for entertainment. As we have progressed in so many areas in the past forty years. we have certainly declined in the quality, civility, and humaneness of that earlier era.


19 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who Is Your Favorite Non-Celebrity Contestant? dwhw
Who's some of your favorite mystery guests? JuniusLord
WML? Gone? edh512
Ernie Kovacs steph05050
Why aren't game shows ever put on DVD??? IrishRose5
Why do the ladies never stand to bid the guest goodnight? Valentino55
Discuss What's My Line? (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page