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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »
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Bud Collyer ...
 Himself - Host (401 episodes, 1956-1968)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (360 episodes, 1957-1968)
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 Himself - Panelist / ... (297 episodes, 1959-1967)
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 Herself - Panelist (165 episodes, 1956-1961)
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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 voting for the two impostors. Each wrong vote would be worth $250 ($100 in the daytime version). Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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quiz | non fiction

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John Charles Farrow, son of Maureen O'Sullivan and brother of Mia Farrow, once appeared as a decoy contestant claiming to be Olympic swimming champion Don Schollander. See more »

Quotes

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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Remade as På ære og samvittighet (1958) See more »

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To Tell The Truth
(1962-1967)
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Composed by Bob Cobert (BMI)
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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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