The Hollywood Squares (1965–1982)

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Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.

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Nominated for 8 Primetime Emmys. Another 12 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
Kenny Williams ...
 Announcer / ... (1,204 episodes, 1965-1980)
 Himself - Host (1,202 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Regular / ... (828 episodes, 1965-1974)
 Himself / ... (772 episodes, 1965-1973)
 Himself - Center Square / ... (708 episodes, 1966-1979)
 Herself (559 episodes, 1965-1980)


Nine celebrities, seated in a three-by-three tier as in a tic-tac-toe board, joined two contestants one of them a champion in a game known best for the celebrities' witty answers to questions. The object was to win an otherwise standard game of tic-tac-toe by determining whether a celebrity was giving a correct answer to a general knowledge question or bluffing ("agree" or "disagree"). Contestants selected a celebrity, for which host Marshall read a question; a correct decision to agree or disagree by the player allowed him/her to place their mark in that box, while the opponent's mark was placed there if said decision was incorrect (unless it led to tic-tac-toe, in which case the contestant had to earn the box). During the first complete game of a show, a "Secret Square" game offered the contestants a bonus prize package for a correct answer. The contestant winning the best-of-three match was champion and returned to face a new challenger. Five-time champions retired un-defeated with... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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(1966-1980)| (surviving kinescope prints from mid-1960s)

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Celebrities were not required to give the right answers for any questions. They were briefed before each show to help them with possible bluff answers, but were hearing the actual questions for the first time when each show was taped. Certain celebrities were often asked questions pertaining to specific categories. For example, Paul Lynde frequently got loaded questions just so he could come up with an initial funny response. See more »


Peter Marshall: Paul, does Ann Landers think there is anything wrong with you if you do your housework in the nude?
Paul Lynde: No, but I have to be terribly careful when I do my ironing.
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Referenced in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Silent Movie (1999) See more »


The Hollywood Squares
(The Hollywood Bowl)
Performed by Stan Worth from 1979 to 1982
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Debut Weekday 9 Squares (October 17-21, 1966)
16 September 1999 | by (Springfield Gardens, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

KENNY WILLIAMS (Announcing): Ladies & Gentlemen, Today, One of these stars is sitting "The Secret Square" and the contestant who picks it first could win a prize package worth over $2000 and now which star is it?

(Orchestra performed with a drumroll and followed by the brass section blows before each celebrity's name) NICK ADAMS,








or ERNEST BORGNINE, All in "THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES!" (Main Theme played and Applause)

KW: And now here's "The Master of 'THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES'"... PETER MARSHALL.

That's from the debut broadcast of "THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES!"

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