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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Kenny Williams ...
 Himself - Announcer (1,332 episodes, 1965-1980)
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 Himself - Host (1,330 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Charley Weaver - Panelist / ... (949 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Himself - Panelist / ... (900 episodes, 1965-1973)
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 Himself - Center Square / ... (819 episodes, 1966-1979)
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 Herself - Panelist (624 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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(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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Peter Marshall and his partner Tommy Noonan discovered the comedy team of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin, and helped get their careers started by introducing them to their agent. Years later, Tommy Noonan was gravely ill, and Marshall never forgave Rowan for not going to see the person that helped launch their careers. When Marshall was offered The Hollywood Squares (1965) he was initially reluctant to take the job, but accepted the offer, when he was told the producers were going to hire Rowan for the host position if he would not take it. See more »

Quotes

Peter Marshall: According to Ann Landers, your husband, Edgar, is talking in his sleep. Should you be upset if he talks about his secretary?
Joan Rivers: And how... his secretary is a guy!
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Referenced in Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Original 1960s Gameshow is Excellent/Post 60s worthless
30 April 2002 | by (United States) – 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 value...it'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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