The Name of the Game (1968–1971)

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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 Glenn Howard / ... (41 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Peggy Maxwell (32 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Dan Farrell (26 episodes, 1968-1971)
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 Jeff Dillon (17 episodes, 1968-1970)
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This groundbreaking series had three rotating stars, who were featured in independent episodes tied together by a loose common theme. The commonality was Howard Publications, the self-made publishing empire of Glenn Howard. Episodes featuring Howard focused on his business and political confrontations and his flamboyant lifestyles. Other episodes featured Jeff Dillon, a crusading investigative reporter, or Dan Farrell. Farrell was a retired FBI agent who used his position as the editor of "Crime Magazine" to wage a literary war against organized crime. The series had several semi-regulars who were featured in one or more of the plot threads, including editorial assistant Peggy Maxwell, and junior reporters Joe Sample, Andy Hill and Ross Craig. Written by Marg Baskin <marg@asd.raytheon.ca>

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20 September 1968 (USA)  »

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Audacia es el juego  »

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Anthony Franciosa's character, Jeff Dillon, worked for "People Magazine". This was 6 years before the real People Magazine existed. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Stranded in Space (1991) See more »

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Definitely a cut above, but . . .
4 September 2000 | by (Lowell, Mich. U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I saw most of the episodes in the late '60s and in syndication the following decade. Ambitious and not bad on the whole, especially in view of the 90 minute mini-movie running time. One was supposed to get, and at least I did at times, a "bigger than TV" fell from THE NAME OF THE GAME. I recall especially a fine early episode inspired by the "Prague Spring." Some of the camera work was so good that I recall discussing it with a photography buff friend at the time.

That said, I did get tired of Gene Barry playing himself. Far worse, the series seemed to come apart after the second season perhaps from writing, perhaps from budget cuts. Robert Culp added nothing, and I think his coming on board signified deeper problems.

Anyway, THE NAME OF THE GAME was American television at its most studiously spectacular thirty years ago.


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