Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.
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Complete series cast summary:
Kenny Williams ...
 Himself - Announcer (1,319 episodes, 1965-1980)
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 Himself - Host (1,317 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Charley Weaver - Panelist / ... (936 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Himself - Panelist / ... (887 episodes, 1965-1973)
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 Himself - Center Square / ... (806 episodes, 1966-1979)
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 Herself - Panelist / ... (618 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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Borgnine was the original center square, when the show premiered on NBC on Monday, October 17, 1966. Paul Lynde appeared the second week but didn't appear in his permanent center square position until the fall of 1968. See more »

Quotes

Peter Marshall: Eddie Fisher recently said, "I am sorry. I am sorry for them both." Who was he referring to?
Paul Lynde: His fans.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.55 (2009) 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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A Original Fun Tic Tac Toe
28 October 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the original series. Peter Marshall, the straight man from the comedy team team of Noonan & Marshall is the host & master of the Squares. Paul Lynde most often was the center square. Charlie Weaver, Morey Amstersdam, Rose Marie, & many others made their tours during the shows 11 year run.

This was a 5 day a week staple on NBC at 11:30 AM from 1965 to 1976 when it went off, one of many victims of the one hour New Price is Right. While it ran, it got a lot of viewers. A lot of the older generation actors & actresses alternated with newer ones to fill the 9 squares every week.

If it were available now, there would be a lot of nostalgic moments for baby boomer's as Michael Landon, Jim Henson, George Goebel, & a host of others would appear on the program. The game itself was so harmless that at one point there was a children's version of the Squares running on Saturday morning NBC TV.

This was a very popular way to fritter away 30 minutes & would get you 30 minutes closer to Let's Make A Deal too.


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