Third version of the veteran game show, where a celebrity panel must decide who the actual person associated with a story is.
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Alan Kalter ...
Bill Wendell ...
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Mary Kay Ash ...
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Lauren Chapin ...
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Pat Collins ...
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Jack Eisner ...
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Fannie Flagg ...
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As in the previous incarnations, the 1980 version of "To Tell the Truth" featured a team of three contestants one the actual person associated with a story and two imposters. After the affidavit is read, the celebrity panelists question the three contestants in an attempt to ferret out the liars. The celebrities then voted separately as to who they thought was the real person associated with the story. Payoffs were based on the team's ability to fool the panel $100 per incorrect vote and $1,000 for four incorrect votes. Two such games were played per show. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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To Tell The Truth
(1980-1981 Edition)
Written and Performed by Robert Arnold Israel & Michael Malone
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Third Time Wasn't the Charm
7 June 2009 | by (St. Louis Park, MN) – See all my reviews

Two years after To Tell the Truth wrapped up its long run in syndication, another version hit the airwaves in the fall of 1980. Like the first two, it was taped in New York. But unlike the first two, it featured a new host, Robin Ward and a panel that rotated from week to week instead of the familiar trio of Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle and Bill Cullen. Also, a new feature was added called "One on One", which featured the impostors from the two games, one of them had a unique claim to fame. Each of the four panelists would question one of the impostors and then would vote Yes or No.

To me, the addition of One on One was one unneeded addition to a format that has been successful for more than 20 years. The regular games seemed more rushed and there were no demonstrations, expect at the end of the show. Ward, another in the line of game show hosts from Canada along with Monty Hall and Alex Trebek was OK, but wasn't as good as his predecessors Bud Collyer and Garry Moore. The hurried format also left no time for banter between Ward and the panel.

On the positive side, there was interesting guests, including Larry King, the inventor of racquetball and a contestant who judges pickles. IMHO, it was why To Tell the Truth has been one of the best game shows of all-time, the extraordinary contestants on stage to stump the panel. This version had a run of only one season, way shorter than the first two. The third time wasn't the charm.

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