The original version of an American icon, "The Price is Right" rewarded contestants with valuable prizes for their ability to price items.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 nominations. See more awards »
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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
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
Supermarket Sweep (1990–2003)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 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
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
Wheel of Fortune (TV Series 1975)
Family | Game-Show
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Daytime version of the game show in which contestants guess letters in order to complete a word, phrase or name.

Stars: Vanna White, Jack Clark, Susan Stafford
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
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
Lassie (1954–1974)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The ongoing saga of the Martin family and their beloved collie, Lassie.

Stars: Lassie, Jon Provost, June Lockhart
Sesame Street (TV Series 1969)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

On a special inner city street, the inhabitants, both human and puppet, teach preschool subjects with comedy, cartoons, games and songs.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney
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
The Bullwinkle Show (1960–1964)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Rocky, a plucky flying squirrel and Bullwinkle, a bumbling but lovable moose, have a series of ongoing adventures.

Stars: Bill Scott, Hans Conried, Charles Ruggles
Family | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A teenage boy is cursed with periodically turning into an sheepdog.

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jean Hagen, Tommy Kirk
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 Himself - Host (76 episodes, 1956-1965)
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 Himself - Announcer / ... (66 episodes, 1956-1963)
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In the original version of "The Price is Right," four contestants one a returning champion competed throughout the show. After a merchandise item was displayed (often by beautiful models aka Pretty Purchasers), the contestants, one at a time, bid on the item. Unless otherwise specified, each bid had to be higher than the previous bid; each contestant could "freeze," or stop bidding, if they believed their next bid would cause them to overbid, thus disqualifying themselves from winning the prize. The bidding continued until an undefined time limit expired. Host Cullen then announced the price of the item; the contestant who bid closest without going over won the prize (and on occassion, won either a bonus prize or got to play a bonus game). The last prize of the day usually was the most valuable and often determined the day's champion, who got to return to the next show. A special feature of the original "Price is Right" allowed home viewers to bid on special showcases. When the show ... Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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(2263 episodes)

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(1963-1965)| (1956-1963)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The nighttime version was the first game show to be broadcast in color. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Window Shopping (Theme from 'The Price is Right' #2)
(1961 to 1965)
Written and Performed by Bob Cobert
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Much classier than the current version!!
29 January 2008 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

After watching "The Price Is Right" with Bob Barker for many years, I had read that there was an earlier version back in the 1950's with Bill Cullen as the host and for many years, I waited to see even one episode of this show to compare it with the current version. Luckily, the Game Show Network showed this program and that is when I finally got my chance to view this program. After the initial shock of just how sedate the contestants were, (they did not jump all over the set, scream and run around like a banshee, or make fools of themselves), I found that I really loved this version of the program. The contestants back then dressed up, with women in dresses and men in suits and ties, not like the ....... contestants these days!! Also, this version did not rely upon all the different types of games as the current version does--just four contestants continually bidding on items. I would love to see this back on the Game Show Network schedule and also to see them put out on DVD.


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