Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.
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Complete series cast summary:
Kenny Williams ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (1,297 episodes, 1965-1980)
 Himself - Host (1,295 episodes, 1966-1980)
Cliff Arquette ...
 Charley Weaver - Panelist / ... (918 episodes, 1965-1974)
 Himself - Panelist / ... (865 episodes, 1965-1973)
 Himself - Center Square / ... (785 episodes, 1966-1979)
 Herself - Panelist / ... (603 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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(1966-1980)| (surviving kinescope prints from mid-1960s)

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1.33 : 1
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Celebrities were not required to give the right answers for any questions. They were briefed before each show to help them with possible bluff answers, but were hearing the actual questions for the first time when each show was taped. Certain celebrities were often asked questions pertaining to specific categories. For example, Paul Lynde frequently got loaded questions just so he could come up with an initial funny response. See more »


Peter Marshall: What do most dentists say you should do with your dentures when you go to bed?
Charley Weaver: Out at the home, we throw them into the center of the room and have a swap party.
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Followed by Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (1983) See more »


The Silly Song
Performed by the Jimmie Haskell Orchestra from 1966 to 1969
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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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