Two celebrity-contestant teams compete to guess words by giving one-word clues in this all-time classic game show.
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Allen Ludden ...
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Two celebrity-contestant teams compete to guess words by giving one-word clues in this all-time classic game show.

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The CBS daytime version is largely lost. The ABC version is also largely lost. See more »

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[the final ABC telecast on 13 June 1975]
Host: Some time, somewhere, some day there will be another game show, but never one with the class of this one.
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Connections

Spoofed in Saturday Night Live: Channing Tatum/Bon Iver (2012) See more »

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Password Theme
Theme 3 (1971 - 1974)
Written by Robert Israel (BMI)
Published by Keep Music Co. (BMI)
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Maybe the *best* game show ever...
2 November 2000 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Password" was one of those rare game shows in which contestants had to rely on mental abilities *other* than memory. Contestants on games such as "Jeopardy" and "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" rely on their memories, or those of others, to come up with answers.

Unfortunately, the game placed people who do not have a great command of the English language at a disadvantage. People who have English as a second language may not have done too well in this game.

Nevertheless, "Password" demanded that the contestant make an intellectual effort to take a word (idea) and convey it someone else. That kind of effort takes imagination and insight in the nuances of language to do well. It's a cerebral game; maybe that's why Allen Ludden said: "Some time, somewhere, some day there will be another game show, but never one with the class of this one."


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