Pioneers of Television

Game Shows

Season 1, Ep 4, Aired 1/23/08
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  • Episode Description
  • The final installment of the series chronicles the history of television shows based on games of competition among participants - including how the pioneering producers planned the games, the quiz show scandals of the late 50s, and the rise of more inclusive programs in the 1960s.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Harlan Saperstein

    Narrator

  • Mike Trinklein

  • Steve Boettcher

  • Bob Barker

    Himself

  • Monty Hall

    Himself

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The series wraps-up with an examination of game shows. This is probably the strongest installment.

    By Mac-Ale, Feb 02, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Wink Martindale: Mark Goodson once described the game show hosting job as, "Driving a car backwards down a mountain road, and being witty and funny at the same time."

    • Bob Eubanks: The Newlywed Game was a comedy show that happened to have a game there, and that's really what it is, you know? Nobody talks about, "Wow, did you see that great prize they won?" Or, "Wow, they sure knew each other." No, they only talk about the funny stuff.

    • (About "Hollywood Squares") Phyllis Diller: At home in bed, at two o'clock in the morning, you'd think of the greatest line that you didn't use. That's enough to kill a person.

    • (About building the drama on "Let's Make a Deal") Monty Hall: And you're noticing the contestant's reactions, because you have to play off their reactions. That's the first thing you do. You are like an amateur psychologist, because you're watching the eyelids flutter, and you think you know when her breaking point is, and you go to that point and no farther.

    • Bob Stewart: In my opinion, you have a great game show if the person at home is talking to the screen aloud. When they yell at the screen, "Say so-and-so" or "Do so-and-so" you got 'em hooked.

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    Notes (1)

    • Archive Footage: • $64,000 ChallengeThe Dating GameDream Girl of '67The Hollywood Squares – Peter Marshall, Paul Lynde, Karen Valentine, Redd Foxx, Florence Henderson, Charlie Weaver • Jeopardy (audio) • Let's Make a Deal – Monty Hall • The Newlywed Game – Bob Eubanks • Okay Mother – Dennis James • Password – Allen Ludden, Betty White • Play Your Hunch – Merv Griffin • The Price is Right – Bob Barker, Bill Cullen • Stop the Music (radio) – Bert Parks • This Is Your Life – Ralph Edwards • Truth or Consequences (radio) – Ralph Edwards • Truth or Consequences – Bob Barker, the Valenti Brothers • Twenty-One – Jack Barry, Charles Van Doren, Herb Stempel • What's My Line? – John Daly, Steve Allen • Wheel of Fortune (audio) • You Bet Your Life – Groucho Marx, George Fenneman, Phyllis Diller • You Don't Say! – Wink Martindale, Dorothy Dandridge, Peter Lawford

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