Contestants guess the correctness of celebrities' answers in order to win spaces in a tic-tac-toe game.
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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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1.33 : 1
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Whenever Big Bird appeared, he always referred to Peter Marshall as "Mr. Marshmallow", in a similar manner to how he refers to Mr. Hooper from Sesame Street (1969) as Mr. Looper. See more »

Quotes

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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Spoofed in Kim Possible: Dimension Twist (2005) 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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THE CARTOON SQUARES "THS 1966" That Never Will Be.
28 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

PILOT 1: Saturday February 26, 1966 for CBS-TV. THE MASTER: Mr. TED BESSELL The Announcer: Officer KENNY WILLIAMS B&W The Cast: Mr. Wally Cox as Shoeshine Boy (Dog/Beagle Mae Questel as Betty Boop Dayton Allen as Mr. Gabby Goat Rosemary Prinz as Penny Hughes Sheldon Leonard as Linus The Lionhearted Mia Farrow as Allison MacKenzie Walter Brennan as Grandpa Amos McCoy Miss Carol Lawrence as Pearl Pureheart (Mouse) & Jim Backus as Mr. Quincy Magoo.


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