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)
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 Himself - Host (1,202 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Regular / ... (828 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Himself / ... (772 episodes, 1965-1973)
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 Himself - Center Square / ... (708 episodes, 1966-1979)
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 Herself (559 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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Actor Jack Palance was once caught napping in his square during a taping; he had to be awakened by fellow panelist Michael Landon when a contestant called on him. See more »

Quotes

Peter Marshall: True or false: According to columnist Bert Bacharach, people tend to start shrinking a little after age 30.
Paul Lynde: Did you know that Rose Marie is standing up right now in her cubicle?
Rose Marie: [to Paul] OH, SHUT UP!
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Referenced in Freaks and Geeks: I'm with the Band (1999) See more »

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The Hollywood Squares
(The Hollywood Bowl)
Performed by Stan Worth from 1979 to 1982
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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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