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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 7.7/10 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: Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen
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
Match Game PM (1975–1981)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 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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The Hollywood Squares (1965–1980)
Comedy | Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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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
Super Password (1984–1989)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 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 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
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
Card Sharks (1978–1989)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hosted by Jim Perry, were contestants are asked questions about how 100 people answered a poll question then played a card game where they tried to guess whether the next card drawn from a deck in a sequence would be higher or lower.

Stars: Jim Perry, Janice Baker, Gene Wood
Supermarket Sweep (1990–2003)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In this game show, contestants answer trivia questions and then compete in a timed race through the supermarket. The team that has the most valuable items in their shopping cart at the end of the race wins.

Stars: David Ruprecht, Johnny Gilbert, Randy West
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Garry Moore ...
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John Cannon ...
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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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Regular panelist Betsy Palmer served as a temporary hostess on more than one occasion while Garry Moore was on vacation. See more »

Connections

Remade as I've Got a Secret (2000) See more »

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I've Got A Secret (Jazz Version)
Written and Performed by Norman Paris from 1961 to 1962
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Fun artifact of the 1950s
11 July 2015 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It's no surprise that many people consider "I've Got a Secret" to be derivative of "What's My Line" - it was. Howard Merrill and Allan Sherman (later known for his work as a parody singer) modified the concept of "What's My Line" by having the panel guess the secret that a guest is keeping rather than their occupation, and having a celebrity guest at the end of the episode. They then offered the show to WML producers Mark Goodson and Bill Todman who made Sherman the new show's producer.

The show's hosts - Gary Moore and Steve Allen in the original CBS run - and panelists didn't take the game anywhere near as seriously as John Charles Daly and most of the panel on WML. On the other hand I don't find the secrets on "I've Got A Secret" as interesting as the occupations on "What's My Line". And I confess that I don't particularly like host Gary Moore, mainly (but not exclusively) because of his habit of flicking his cigarette ashes onto the studio floor.

One episode that is definitely worth looking for is from September 17, 1962. Moore welcomes a couple whose secret is that their son became an astronaut that day. During his interview Moore asks them about how they'd feel if their son was the first man to walk on the Moon. The couple were Stephen and Viola Armstrong, the parents of Neil Armstrong.


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