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 <>

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17 October 1966 (USA)  »

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(3536 episodes)

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

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1.33 : 1
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The following Paul Lynde answers are famous censored moments from unknown episodes that have been shown on "bloopers and out-takes" compilation TV shows: (1) Question by Peter Marshall: "Paul, is there anything that can make a monkey cry?" Paul Lynde's answer: "Yes ... when Cheetah found out that Tarzan swings both ways!" (2) Question by Peter Marshall: "Paul, according to mythology, which is better looking, a pixie or a fairy?" Paul Lynde's answer: "Well, looks aren't everything! [audience laughter] I'll go for the fairy!" See more »


Peter Marshall: According to the World Book, what is the biggest bird on Earth?
Big Bird: Well, you mean other than me?
Peter Marshall: Uh-huh. What kind of bird are you by the way?
Big Bird: I'm a lark.
Peter Marshall: [cracking up] A lark?
[Audience laughter]
Peter Marshall: [still laughing] You certainly are!
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The Hollywood Squares
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Performed by Stan Worth from 1979 to 1982
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Original 1960s Gameshow is Excellent/Post 60s worthless
30 April 2002 | by (Hawaii) – See all my reviews

The Gameshow Channel is now running the original Hollywood Squares from the 60s. First thing that strikes you is the spontaneity, the rapour, the easy going fun fresh atmosphere, the 1960s feel of the show. As the show goes along you realize the contrast between the cleverness of the answers and the dimwittedness of today's gameshows. And of course the nostalgia's now a classic. As a kid I watched the show from the early 70s on when the formula was getting dry and worn out, so see the 60s shows. Of course they're all worth it for Paul Lynde.

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