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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 <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

17 October 1966 (USA)  »

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(3536 episodes)

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

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Retired, reclusive actress Greta Garbo was such a big fan of the show she actually wrote a fan letter to Paul Lynde in care of the show's taping location at NBC Burbank. See more »


Peter Marshall: Charley, how many balls are on a pool table in a standard game of 8-ball?
Charley Weaver: How many men are on the table?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Violent Years (1994) See more »


The Hollywood Squares
(The Hollywood Bowl)
Performed by Stan Worth from 1979 to 1982
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The Best Comedy Game Show of All-Time
12 September 2012 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

Six years after launching their first game show Video Village, Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley came up with a show that would eventually be the best comedy game show of all-time, Hollywood Squares.

The game was really simple since it was based on tic-tac-toe. But what made the show stand out was the humorous bluff answers from the many stars who sat in the nine boxes throughout the show's 15 year run. Among the many celebrities who appeared on the show were Wally Cox, Cliff Arquette (as his Charley Weaver character),Rose Marie, George Gobel and in the center square, Paul Lynde. His quips were very funny and rescued the show from a slow start into a very funny show.

Heatter-Quigley made the right choice in hiring Peter Marshall over Bert Parks as "The Master of the Hollywood Squares." Though he never hosted a game show he got better and better throughout the run and it paid off with a couple of Emmys.

I really enjoyed the show, even the nighttime syndicated version that aired once (later twice) a week. It was a true game show classic and X got the square.

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