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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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Host Peter Marshall had said that most of the episodes were destroyed by NBC. But a Cable TV station found 3,500 episodes (while looking for the TV series Dark Shadows (1966)) and were sent to Game Show Network. Episodes began airing on April 15th, 2002. 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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Referenced in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) See more »

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The Hollywood Squares
(The Hollywood Bowl)
Performed by Stan Worth from 1979 to 1980
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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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