Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. ... See full summary »

Creator:

Reviews

Episodes

Previous Episode


Thursday, August 24, 1961
Episode dated 24 August 1961
Rate this
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Seasons


Years



6   2   1   Unknown  
1961   1960   1959   1958   … See all »
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

What's My Line? (1950–1967)
Comedy | 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
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, Milt Kamen
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
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 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 »

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly
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
I've Got a Secret (1952–1967)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 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: Garry Moore, Henry Morgan, Bill Cullen
Candid Camera (1948–1950)
Comedy | Family | Reality-TV
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Unsuspecting people are placed in confusing, impossible, embarrassing, ridiculous, and hilarious positions, while their reactions are recorded on a hidden camera.

Stars: John Garfield, Allen Funt
Make Room for Daddy (1953–1965)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »

Stars: Danny Thomas, Rusty Hamer, Marjorie Lord
To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 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
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: Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle, Peggy Cass
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Himself - Host / ... (58 episodes, 1952-1961)
Edit

Storyline

Each week, an unsuspecting celebrity would be lured by some ruse to a location near the studio. The celebrity would then be surprised with the news that they are to be the featured guest. Next, the celebrity was escorted into the studio, and one by one, people who were significant in the guest's life would be brought out to offer anecdotes. At the end of the show, family members and friends would surround the guest, who would then be presented with gifts. These usually included jewelry, a scrapbook of memories, a home 16 mm projector and a camera. Written by Thomas McWilliams <tgm@netcom.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

non fiction | See All (1) »


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 October 1952 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Actress Ann Sheridan's biography was canceled because she found out in advance what was being planned. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Adam-12: A Fool and His Money (1973) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
THIS IS YOUR LIFE .....Joe McDoakes!!
30 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

LONG BEFORE THE term "Reality Series" became a highly overused word and classification for Television series types, we had what was truly a reality show. Although it was obviously planned and laid out before hand,there was no "rehearsal"; as the subject to be honored was truly not in on the gag. The show was a complete surprise; making this a true Reality Series.

THERE IS NO doubt that this weekly garnered enough support over the years of its run(s); for it continued to return, resurfacing in several reincarnations. The format never really changed and it didn't need to. For after all, "Why fix it if it ain't broke?"

THE SUBJECTS WHOSE lives were portrayed included those from mostly well-known from the worlds of Public Life (politics), Show Business & Entertainment and Sports. Naturally it appears that those in the Movies, on the Stage, on Radio and Television comprised the greatest single category of honorees.

THE ORIGINAL HOST and creator was Ralph Edwards; a man known to so many generations of listeners/viewers on both Radio and Television. His career spanned several eras; dating back to the original Radio version of TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES right down to the contemporary PEOPLES COURT. Mr. Edwards life spanned 1913-2005 and he was quite active up to the end.

PERHAPS NO GREATER tribute can be afforded to any work in any field than to be copied or even more so spoofed. In the case of THIS IS YOUR LIFE, a fine lampoon of it is included in the film, A FACE IN THRE CROWD (Warner Brothers, 1957). In it Lonesome Rhodes (Andy Griffith) is the subject of the show, which is called "YOU LIVED IT!"

WHETHER ONE CONSIDERS this show as being the electronic equivalence of those supermarket tabloid papers or find it to be a quality show, worthy of even the highly 'artistic' and worthwhile PDS; one thing is for sure. It was one of those rarities in the popular culture; being an original and one of a kind.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Laurel and Hardy... Dangirl
This is your life hosted by Ralph Edwards yvonneboice
Purchasing a show Lmarit
If you watch this... Gopforlife
Discuss This Is Your Life (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page