Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.
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Kenny Williams ...
 Announcer / ... (1,246 episodes, 1965-1980)
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 Himself - Host (1,244 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Regular / ... (867 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Himself / ... (814 episodes, 1965-1973)
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 Himself - Center Square / ... (742 episodes, 1966-1979)
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 Herself (583 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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Actress, Rose Marie and host, Peter Marshall were the only two to appear on camera on the show's beginning, in (1966) and concluding (1980) NBC broadcasts. See more »

Quotes

Big Bird: Gee, that's a silly question, Mr. Marshmallow.
Peter Marshall: Uh, no, Big Bird, that's Marshall, Mr. Marshall.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #28.154 (2012) 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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