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 ...
 Announcer / ... (1,247 episodes, 1965-1980)
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 Himself - Host (1,245 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Regular / ... (868 episodes, 1965-1974)
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 Himself / ... (815 episodes, 1965-1973)
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 Himself - Center Square / ... (743 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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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[Tony Randall has just been asked a question]
Tony Randall: [staring dramatically into the camera] I don't *know*.
[wild audience laughter]
Peter Marshall: This is a bluffing game! You're supposed to come up with a bluff if you don't know the answer, you silly twerp!
Tony Randall: Well, *I'm* sorry...
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Referenced in Fletch Lives (1989) 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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The Best Comedy Game Show of All-Time
12 September 2012 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

Six years after launching their first game show Video Village, Merrill Heatter and Bob Quigley came up with a show that would eventually be the best comedy game show of all-time, Hollywood Squares.

The game was really simple since it was based on tic-tac-toe. But what made the show stand out was the humorous bluff answers from the many stars who sat in the nine boxes throughout the show's 15 year run. Among the many celebrities who appeared on the show were Wally Cox, Cliff Arquette (as his Charley Weaver character),Rose Marie, George Gobel and in the center square, Paul Lynde. His quips were very funny and rescued the show from a slow start into a very funny show.

Heatter-Quigley made the right choice in hiring Peter Marshall over Bert Parks as "The Master of the Hollywood Squares." Though he never hosted a game show he got better and better throughout the run and it paid off with a couple of Emmys.

I really enjoyed the show, even the nighttime syndicated version that aired once (later twice) a week. It was a true game show classic and X got the square.


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