To Tell the Truth (1956–1968)

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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 »

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Series cast summary:
Bud Collyer ...
 Himself - Host (401 episodes, 1956-1968)
 Herself - Panelist / ... (360 episodes, 1957-1968)
 Himself - Panelist / ... (297 episodes, 1959-1967)
 Herself - Panelist (165 episodes, 1956-1961)


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 voting for the two impostors. Each wrong vote would be worth $250 ($100 in the daytime version). Written by Brian Washington <>

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quiz | non fiction


Family | Game-Show






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18 December 1956 (USA)  »

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(1962-1968) | (1956-1967)

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(1956-1966)| (1967-1968)
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On the January 18, 1965 broadcast, the panel of I've Got a Secret (1952)'Bill Cullen' , Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson) replaced the panel of this show (Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle) in an event known as the "Night of the Big Switch". Ironically, Cullen would become a panelist on the syndicated version of To Tell the Truth (1956) several years later. See more »


Host Bud Collyer: [at the end of every show with a giggle and a smile] Don't you forget to tell the truth!
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Version of To Tell the Truth (1990) See more »


To Tell The Truth 1967
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Performed by The Score Production Band (In Vocals)
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Still one of the best
5 December 2001 | by (Rockville Centre, NY) – See all my reviews

Packager Mark Goodson rightly called it the most golden game show idea of all. It's also one of Bob Stewart's masterworks, for Stewart created the Goodson-(Bill) Todman classic -- as he also did 'The Price Is Right' and 'Password'.

While the idea had roots in 'People Are Funny's Detecto segment, the Goodson-Todman crew developed a format in which not only the studio participants and the viewers could play along, but which still offers insights into human nature -- what better question to make people really think than 'which of these folks is lying?'

Stewart's ideas, Goodson's packaging, and the great supervision of executive producer Gil Fates meshed into a classic which lasts to this day, with the bright, polished John O'Hurley manning the moderator position first held by Bud Collyer (Mike Wallace did the pilot).

'Truth' is a timeless show that deserves to be one of two ('Price' is the other) to span six decades of national television.

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