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 / ... (1,201 episodes, 1965-1980)
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 Himself - Host (1,200 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Regular / ... (826 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Himself / ... (770 episodes, 1965-1973)
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 Himself - Center Square / ... (705 episodes, 1966-1979)
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 Herself (559 episodes, 1965-1980)
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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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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

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Peter Marshall and his partner Tommy Noonan discovered the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and helped get their careers started by introducing them to their agent. Years later, Tommy Noonan was gravely ill, and Marshall never forgave Rowan for not going to see the person that helped launch their careers. When Marshall was offered The Hollywood Squares (1965) he was initially reluctant to take the job, but accepted the offer, when he was told the producers were going to hire Rowan for the host position if he would not take it. See more »

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Peter Marshall: In baseball, there's a special name for the area between a player's knees and his armpits.
Paul Lynde: [referring to a certain jingle] Aren't you glad? Aren't you glad? *Aren't you glad... * he used Dial?
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Followed by Match Game PM (1975) See more »

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Merrill & Bob's Theme
(We're THE HOLLYWOOD SQUARES No. 2)
Performed by the William Loose Orchestra from 1969 to 1979
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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,

AGNES MOOREHEAD,

CHARLEY WEAVER,

PAMELA MASON,

WALLY COX,

ROSE MARIE,

MOREY AMSTERDAM,

ABBY DALTON...

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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