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What's My Line? (TV Series 1950–1967) Poster

(1950–1967)

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Followed by 

What's My Line? (1968) (TV Series)

Version of 

What's My Line (1951) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
Chacun son métier (1954) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
Was bin ich? (1955) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
What's My Line (1956) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
What's My Line? (1968) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
What's My Line? (1973) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country
What's My Line? (1984) (TV Series)
version of same show concept from different country

Spin-off 

I've Got a Secret (1952) (TV Series)

Referenced in 

The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show: Gracie Gets a Jury Summons (1953) (TV Episode)
George says that Harry von Zell doesn't realize that George is a well-known actor, and he probably thinks that George could go on the show and stump the panel.
Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #6.9 (1953) (TV Episode)
Spoofs "What's My Line" as "What's My Racket"
Texaco Star Theatre: Episode #7.1 (1954) (TV Episode)
When Dorothy Kilgallen asks him too many questions, Berle tells her to "stop 'What's My Lining' me."
The Jimmy Durante Show: Episode #2.2 (1955) (TV Episode)
During a song and dance routine, Jimmy pauses to joke, "For those of you just tuned in, this is not 'What's My Line?'."
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: The Reading Room (1957) (TV Episode)
As Ozzie is being blindfolded, he quips, "Are we expecting a celebrity guest here?"
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: What's My Lion? (1961) (TV Episode)
The title is a takeoff on the then-popular game show.
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: Have Reindeer, Will Travel (1961) (TV Episode)
When Maynard removes his black mask blindfold, Mr. Gillis quips, "Arlene Francis, I presume?" This is a subtle reference to the 'Mystery Guest' portion of the game show, in which Miss Francis and her fellow-panelists were blindfolded during the question and answer period.
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: I Remember Muu Muu (1962) (TV Episode)
Dean Magruder boasts that he was asked to appear on the show.
The Dick Van Dyke Show: My Husband Is a Check-Grabber (1963) (TV Episode)
When Rob is trying to find out from Laura what he did wrong, he says, "even John Daly gives yes or no answers." This is a reference to John Daly, the moderator of the "What's My Line" game show where he would answer panelist questions with a yes or no.
The Dick Van Dyke Show: Happy Birthday and Too Many More (1964) (TV Episode)
Buddy mentions the show by name.
Mister Ed: Moko (1964) (TV Episode)
Carol sarcastically says that Gloria Laverne claimed to be an actress when she appeared on What's My Line?
Murderers' Row (1966)
Mentioned by Matt Helm
The Monkees: Monkees Manhattan Style (1967) (TV Episode)
Davy refers to the show, while in the Millionaires Club.
The Brady Bunch: The Possible Dream (1970) (TV Episode)
Mike asks whether the thing Marcia is looking for is "bigger than a breadbox"
A Wedding (1978)
Mentioned by Tulip (Burnett)
Hill Street Blues: Cranky Streets (1981) (TV Episode)
Title mentioned by Guido
Hi-de-Hi!: Nice People with Nice Manners (1982) (TV Episode)
Ted: "Did you ever watch that programme on telly called 'What's My Line?'"
Night Court: Safe (1987) (TV Episode)
Harry mentions, "Will the mystery guest sign in, please?" when a woman goes into a trance.
Saturday Night Live: Tom Hanks/Keith Richards (1988) (TV Episode)
Mentioned on the Pat Stevens Show
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Sidehackers (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: Are you known for your work in the theater?
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Jungle Goddess (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Now, will our mystery guest sign in, please?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1990) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Mystery guest, sign in, please!"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Wild Rebels (1990) (TV Episode)
Joel: "They were wiped out in a rumble with the cast of 'What's My Line?'."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Hellcats (1990) (TV Episode)
Crow: "They've dialed into 'What's My Line?'"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Gamera (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Are you known for your work in the theater?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Time of the Apes (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Mystery guest, enter and sign in, please."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mighty Jack (1991) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Mystery guest, sign in, please."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1991) (TV Episode)
"Will you come in children?" "And sign in please."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules Unchained (1992) (TV Episode)
Tom: "Mystery guest: Enter and sign in, please."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) (TV Episode)
Joel: "Mystery guest: Enter, and sign in, please."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1993) (TV Episode)
Mike: "The panel from What's My LIne is behind her there."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Atomic Brain (1993) (TV Episode)
Servo: (during a scene in which several questions are asked) That's three down, seven to go.
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Village of the Giants (1994) (TV Episode)
Servo: Is it known for its work in the theater?
Mystery Science Theater 3000: Last of the Wild Horses (1994) (TV Episode)
Mike: "To you, Arlene Francis."
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beast of Yucca Flats (1995) (TV Episode)
Crow: "Will our mystery guest enter and sign in, please?"
Law & Order: Act of God (1995) (TV Episode)
McCoy: "I don't have to play 'What's My Line!'"
Animaniacs: Deduces Wild/Rest in Piece/U.N. Me (1995) (TV Episode)
In "Deduces Wild," Yakko, Wakko, and Dot sit at a desk with a sign that reads, "What's Our Line?"
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996)
Servo: Will our Mystery Guest enter and sign in please?
Dark Skies: To Prey in Darkness (1997) (TV Episode)
The series is mentioned numerous times.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What's My Line?: Part 1 (1997) (TV Episode)
Referenced in the dialogue: "Well, then you know it's a whole week of What's My Line, only... I don't get to play."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: What's My Line?: Part 2 (1997) (TV Episode)
Episode title
Stuck on You (2003)
dialogue
Mona Lisa Smile (2003)
Mentioned by name just as Lucy is coming on.
Jeopardy!: Episode #28.154 (2012) (TV Episode)
Answer to question in category Game Shows
TV-Quizzen: Drama (2015) (TV Episode)
talked about

Featured in 

Avalon (1990)
Audio introduction is heard in TV montage
Greatest Game Show Moments (2007) (TV Movie)
Clips from epsidoes were shown
Pioneers of Television: Game Shows (2008) (TV Episode)
clips
What a Difference a Day Made: Doris Day Superstar (2009) (TV Movie)
The episode where Doris Day is the mystery guest is shown.
The Ward (2010)
Girls are watching this in the recreation room
TV-Quizzen: Drama (2015) (TV Episode)
clip shown

Spoofed in 

101 Dalmatians (1961)
In one scene, Jasper and Horace watch a spoof of "What's My Line" called "What's My Crime?"
What's My Lion? (1961) (Short)
Batman: Batman Is Riled (1966) (TV Episode)
The Joker puts on a show of 'What's My Crime' on TV
Get Smart: Hoo Done It (1966) (TV Episode)
Each episode ended with the panelists saying Good Night to the person on their right, as the suspects do after being questioned.
The Monkees: Captain Crocodile (1967) (TV Episode)
Spoofed as "What's My Scene?" during 'other TV show' comedy routines
I Spy: Oedipus at Colonus (1967) (TV Episode)
Still trapped in the vault, Robison and Scott hear an unseen woman speak to them from above. Scott then says, "Come in Mystery Guest, then sign in, please?"
Bang Bang You Got It! (1976)
Bang Bang You Got It! features the game show "What the Fuck Do You Do?".
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: Episode #1.4 (1977) (TV Episode)
Charo is introduced as a "Mystery Guest" in a "What's My Line?" spoof.
SCTV: SCTV 30th Anniversary Show (1978) (TV Episode)
Parodied in "What's My Shoe Size?" sketch.
Saved by the Bell: From Nurse to Worse (1990) (TV Episode)
Slater's squeaky responses to Zack's questions spoof the responses sometimes given by female guests on the show.
Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story (1999) (TV Movie)
Ca. 55 minutes into the film Abby is a contestant on a reenactment of the old show.
Down with Love (2003)
A fake episode is shown, in which Barbara is the contestant interviewed by the panelists.

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