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What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

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

Stars: John Daly, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf
To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 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
To Tell the Truth (1969–1978)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 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: Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen
The Hollywood Squares (1965–1980)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 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
Match Game PM (1975–1981)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A high-stakes version of the classic game show, hosted by Gene Rayburn. A group of celebrities would be given a sentence with a missing word, which they would then have to fill in. The ... See full summary »

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Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 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, Jay Stewart, Carol Merrill
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
You Bet Your Life (1950–1961)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 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 7.7/10 X  

Contestants compete for prizes and cash, including cars and vacations, in games that test their knowledge of consumer goods pricing.

Stars: Bob Barker, Janice Pennington, Dian Parkinson
Press Your Luck (1983–1986)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A game show where contestents answer trivia questions and then have to gamble their winnings on a randomly flashing game board.

Stars: Peter Tomarken, Rod Roddy, Charlie O'Donnell
The Merv Griffin Show (1962–1986)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Merv Griffin invites a series of actors, actresses, writers, and directors to discuss the progressive work they have done and current culture, arts, and entertainment surrounding the numerous projects.

Stars: Merv Griffin, Arthur Treacher, Mort Lindsey Orchestra
Dennis the Menace (1959–1963)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Television episodes built around the same sorts of incidents found in Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip.

Stars: Jay North, Gloria Henry, Herbert Anderson
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Garry Moore ...
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John Cannon ...
 Himself - Announcer (189 episodes, 1955-1967)
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"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 flavor. As with "Line," four celebrity panelists try to guess an unknown-to-them secret, which the contestant (or sometimes group of contestants) whispered in the host's ear; the secret was always shown to the television and studio audience. Each panelist has one 30-second period to ask questions that will help them try to guess the secret; if a panelist fails to guess the secret before the buzzer sounds, the contestant(s) receive(s) $20 and the next panelist gets a turn. The process repeats until either the secret is guessed or if all four panelists are unable to guess the secret, meaning the contestant receives the maximum payout of $80 (during the early years, each panelist had two questioning periods, with $10 paid per unsuccessful try). Usually, a skit or demonstration of the secret followed each ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Harpo Marx was one of the celebrity contestants on the show. The secret was that it was actually Chico Marx in Harpo's costume, since the brothers bore an uncanny resemblance to each other. None of the panelists guessed it. See more »

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Featured in John Glenn: American Hero (1998) See more »

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Plink, Plank, Plunk (I've Got A Secret)
Written and Performed by Leroy Anderson from 1952 to 1961
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The Game Show Network is the perfect time machine.
26 May 2004 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

While channel-surfing the backwaters of digital cable, I came across a whitecap of historical political incorrectness. Gary Moore, the winsome host of "I've Got A Secret," dons an overcoat and muffler at the start of the broadcast. He then breaks the "fourth wall" of the studio on West 47th Street, ventures out into the bitter cold of a New York winter's night and corals a fifteen year old boy on his way to a show. Moore invites the kid in to be a contestant on HIS show. The boy's secret: "I was brought in from the street" easily stumps the celebrity panel. The young man wins two prizes: eighty dollars and a carton of Winston cigarettes--the show's lone sponsor.

Can you imagine the outrage today if a television host gave a minor a carton of smokes? The fifties WERE a simpler time.


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