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    Keep Talking

    Keep Talking

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    CBS (ended 1960)
    Keep Talking was a quiz show where celebrity panelists were divided into two teams of three players. The host would give each player a secret word and that player had to make up and tell a story using that word. The opposite team then had to guess what the secret word was.
    Panelists on Keep Talking included Paul Winchell, Morey Amsterdam, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean, Audrey Meadows, and Joey Bishop.
    Hosts of the show included Monty Hall, Carl Reiner, and Merv Griffin.moreless
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    Tic Tac Dough

    Tic Tac Dough

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    (ended 1991)
    Tic Tac Dough is a classic game show that married a straight Q&A quiz with the game of tic-tac-toe. Each version—from the 1950s scandal-plagued version, the successful 1978-86 version and the 1990 ill-advised remake—is covered here. While each version of this Jack Barry and Dan Enright creation had unique elements about them, the gameplay of each version of Tic Tac Dough was essentially identical. Two contestants, including a returning champion (who was "X"), competed. Rules — all versions The host introduced nine categories, and each player alternated selecting boxes on the board. The host read a question, and if the player answered correctly, he/she got to place their symbol in the box and the cash value of the box (which changed depending on the version) was added to a pot. If incorrect, the box was left empty and their opponent could earn their mark there with a correct question. The categories rotated to different boxes after each player is asked a question. The center box always featured a two-part question (or sometimes, a question with two answers); it was worth more than the outside boxes and thus considered "more difficult." The player selecting that box had to answer both parts correctly to earn the box. If there was a tie game, nine new categories were introduced, and the cash pot kept accumulating. Even in the original 1950s version, the pot sometimes reached $10,000 and higher through repeated tie games. The first player to earn three of his mark in a row won the cash value of the pot and became champion. 1956-1959 version In the 1956-1959 version (whose eight outside boxes were worth $100 and the center box $200), there was no bonus game; he/she simply faced another challenger until defeated. The original version (which, at its peak also had a prime-time version) was cancelled in the fall of 1959, a casualty of the Quiz Show Scandals. 1978-1986 version Tic Tac Dough returned in the summer of 1978 as a daytime entry on CBS. Wink Martindale was the host, and the boxes were worth $200 (for the outside) and $300 (for the center). The categories did not "shuffle," and there was no tie games; instead, if both players had four of their mark after eight questions, one final "tie-breaking" question was asked, and the first to answer correctly won the game. The champion then played a bonus game. Here, he/she faced the board of nine squares, which concealed four X's and four O's (arranged to make just one "Tic Tac Dough"), plus the dragon. The player won $150 for each symbol uncovered; he/she could stop at any time, while finding the "Tic Tac Dough" awarded any cash found (amended to $1,000 if they didn't have that much) plus a prize package. Finding the dragon, however, ended the game and forfeited both the cash and prizes. Tic Tac Dough was a much bigger success, as a five-a-week syndicated series. Once again, the questions rotated after each player has been asked one question (later, they shuffled after each question), and the cash values of the box remained $200 and $300, as appropriate. The bonus game was revamped wherein the board hid six cash amounts, a "TIC" and a "TAC" and (of course) that evil dragon (and his earth-shattering roar!). The contestant picked numbers, one at a time, and earned whatever cash amount s/he found ($100, $150, $250, $300, $400 and $500) and added it to the pot. If the player reached $1,000 or more, or uncovered both "TIC" and "TAC," s/he won the cash and a prize package. Once again, uncovering Mr. Dragon ended the bonus round with nothing. Five-time champions won a new car, as thus: • 1978 – Buick Skylark. • 1979-1981 – Buick Century. • 1981-1984 – Chevrolet Chevette. • 1984-1985 – AMC Eagle. • 1985-1986 – Madza GLC. In addition to the regular categories, special red boxed categories were added to the game during the show's run; at first one per game, there were three by the 1982-1983 season. These boxes each had special rules, many of them which involved both players and could affect the game's outcome at that moment. Often, a player could earn two boxes in a single turn (or sometimes, even get a "Tic Tac Dough" without his/her opponent getting a chance). The red box categories, plus long-running champions (who all competed until their defeat) made this version a big success. The best-known long-running champion was Thom McKee, who won $312,700 in his 43-game run in 1980. In the ranks of game shows, only Ken Jennings, the Jeopardy! mega-champion of 2004, has won more games. Also, through multiple games, the cash pot often climbed above $10,000 (the record single-game jackpot was $36,900, reportedly during McKee's championship reign, courtesy of the Secret Category; a red box where a correct answer doubled the pot). Martindale hosted the show until 1985. He was replaced by Jim Caldwell for the 1985-1986 season (which featured a redesigned set). The show's final episode, which aired in May 1986, featured a tribute to McKee. 1990 revival Not even McKee could have saved Tic Tac Dough's 1990 syndicated revival, in many critics' opinions. Game play was similar to the 1978 syndicated version, except the player in control used a plunger to stop the categories from shuffling. The boxes were worth $500 (outside) and $1,000 (center), but the jackpot reset after a tie game and the box values increased ($1,000 and $2,000, and so on…). The bonus game was similar to the 1978 CBS version, except the player chose one mark at the outset to try to get a "Tic Tac Dough" (there were four of the selected mark, the only one that could provide a three-in-a-row; and three of the other mark). The first "X" or "O" found was worth $500 & the next "X" or "O" doubled the pot, so the best possible score would be $8,000 (4 symbols + Dragon Slayer. Finding the "Tic-Tac-Dough" or a Dragon Slayer (an automatic win space & doubled the winnings) won a prize package, while finding the dragon ended the game with nothing. No cars were awarded this time, and champions stayed on for up to 15 shows. The 1990 version (whose only saving grace was music composed by the great Henry Mancini; his final television theme song) was harshly criticized largely for emcee Patrick Wayne's hosting style and the hampered game play because of other rules revisions (not worth mentioning here). And you had a "rapping Dragon" & "rapping dragon slayer" as well. It didn't help to have special theme weeks, such as the much ballyhooed "Divorced Couples Week." Viewers apparently agreed, and this version died a quick death. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details.moreless
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    Concentration

    Concentration

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    NBC (ended 1973)
    Game show producers Jack Barry and Dan Enright created this classic game show, based on the children's matching memory game. The first match aired on August 25-29, 1958, but it seemed doomed when Barry and Enright (because of their roles in the fast-unfolding Quiz Show Scandals) were forced to relinquish their ownership of the game. However, NBC-TV took over production and the rest is history. 2 contestants, including a returning champion, competed to solve a rebus hidden beneath a board of 30 numbers (1-30). The board itself concealed the names of prizes(good or joke),wild cards and other action cards (described below). Each player in turn, called out a pair of numbers. No match gave his/her opponent control of the board, but a match gave whatever prize was printed on the card or allowed him/her to perform an action. It also revealed to pieces of the rebus (identifying a person, phrase, place, thing, etc.); the player could try to solve the rebus, but even if he/she was wrong, he/she kept control. In addition to all those prizes, there were the following action cards: WILD - Self-explanatory; provided an automatic match. Early on, players uncovering 2 WILD cards won a $500 bonus and chose two additional number, the prizes went on that contestant's side and 4 pieces of the rebus were revealed. Late in the run, getting 2 WILD cards in the same turn won the player a new car – usually the Chevrolet Nova – which he/she kept, regardless of the game's outcome. Take One Gift - The contestant at that moment was allowed to take a prize his/her opponent might have in their possession and put it in his/her own rack. Usually, there were 2 sets of these per game. Forfeit One Gift - The player immediately had to give up one of the prizes he/she had in his possession to his/her opponent. Also 2 sets per game. Also included were 2 or 3 joke prizes (such as a banana peel or torn teddy bear). These actually served as insurance markers against opponents' Take cards and the Forfeit cards he/she might stumble upon. Only upon correctly solving the puzzle on the rebus does a player actually win what he/she claimed from the board (he/she also earned $100 if there were no prizes in his/her rack). The loser forfeits all his/her gifts. For the 1st 2 seasons of the show (1958-1960), there's no bonus game. The 1st end game was "The Envelope and its Mysterious Contents" (which hid cash amounts or a grand prize such as a car) in 1960. Later that time, "The Cash Wheel" which allowed a player to win up to $2000 cash by spinning a carnival wheel in 1962. Champions continued until either defeated or by winning 20 games (reportedly accomplished just once, in 1966 by Ruth Horowitz, though other 20-game champions have been documented in recent years). Another noted contestant is Ralph Branca, a Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher who won 17 games. Beginning in 1963 The top 4 winners each season returned to play a best 4 out of 7 World Series style "CONCENTRATION Challenge of Champions Tournament." The grand prize was $1000, a trip around the world plus "The Connie" (a trophy modeled after Rodin's The Thinker). On March 23, 1973, after 3796 episodes (featuring a reported 7,300 rebuses), the show ended its 15-Season run on NBC. The 1st puzzle was "It Happened One Night" & The last puzzle was "You've Been More Than Kind." It was replaced by Baffle. Concentration will stand for all time as the longest-running game show in NBC history. The longevity of the show was finally eclipsed in April 1987 by the 1972 version of The Price is Right. Concentration now ranks fourth on the long-run list of long-running daytime/syndicated game shows (behind TPiR and the syndicated runs of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!). Goodson-Todman Productions was awarded the rights to the show and produced a five-a-week syndicated revival of the show on September 10-14, 1973, which ran 5 years (to this day, this is the only Goodson-Todman series that was NOT their original creation). The game was the same as before, with two new contestants competing each day. The rules basically were the same, except the idea of joke prizes was scrapped as well as Forfeit One Gift. They were replaced by a new Free Look space, which upon a match allowed the contestant to briefly open up two as-of-yet available numbers, which he/she thought would help him solve the rebus. Also, Narz announced the whereabouts of four of the prizes (to give players a "head start") at the outset of each game; and, uncovering both WILD cards in a single turn earned the player a $250 bonus, which he/she kept regardless of the game's outcome. And, the player was spotted another $250 if he/she solved the rebus and didn't have any prizes. The winner played a new bonus round called Double Play, with a new car as the top prize for solving two rebuses within 10 seconds. During the 1977-1978 season, players determined their Double Play prize package by choosing two squares from a 10-space board and competing for the first prize package matched. The show returned in 1987 as Classic Concentration; see that title for more details. Both versions of Concentration offered an impressive array and variety of prizes. One retrospective of the original series reported the following prize tally: * 512 cars. * 397 boats. * 1,287 domestic and foreign trips and cruises. * 12 trips around the world. * 857 fur coats. * Numerous diamonds. Additionally, there were countless gift certificates, travel trailers, airplanes, swimming pools, furniture, kitchen appliances (large and small), rooms of furniture, clothing, stereos and televisions, fantastic nights out on the town and virtually any other item seen in any mail-order catalog. One history of the 1958-1973 series reported the total prize giveaway at $10 million. Speaking of prizes, the prize values were deliberately much, much smaller than those of the big-money quiz shows implicated as part of the scandals of the late-1950s. Barry and Enright deliberately kept the winnings low-value to avoid any suggestion that it, too, was tainted. Usually, there was at least one prize worth more than $1000; however, nearly all the other prizes were worth less than $500 with some in the $10-$100 range. A board of prizes rarely totalled more than $2000-$3000 and champions rarely took home more than that in merchandise during their stay (though some longer-lived winners approached $10,000). Milton Bradley (and later, Pressman and Endless Games) marketed home versions of Concentration (and later, Classic Concentration); millions of copies of more than 25 editions of this best-selling, enduring game have been sold since the first one went on sale in 1959.moreless
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    $64,000 Question

    $64,000 Question

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    Welcome to the $64,000 Question guide at TV.com. There is no editor for this show. If you would like to be the editor look here for details. This quiz show was based on a radio game show "Take It or Leave It" where the top prize is $64. The television version added 3 zeroes to make it $64,000. A contestant started by choosing a category of his/her choice. The first 10 questions were valued starting @ $1 & doubled up to $512. At any time, the contestant could walk away with the money earned (Jack Benny stopped @ $1!) or risk missing & going home with nothing. The next three questions ($1,000/$2,000/$4,000) came from a secured safe. Then it came time for the Isolation Booth. There, questions were divided into many parts (IE: a 6-part question for $8,000), & think music was provided before the contestant could answer. Each successful win paid $8,000/$16,000/$32,000/$64,000. Missing a question in this stage of the game resulted in a consolation prize, a new Cadillac. Many famous contestants appeared on the show including Barbara Feldon (Get Smart) who had Shakespeare for her caegory, Dr. Joyce Brothers for boxing. There were sometimes guest hosts who filled in for Hal March, Ed Sullivan was game show host for a day. The demise of The $64,000 Question was because of the Quiz Show Scandal. Producers fed contestants information beforehand. Along with Twenty-One & Dotto (the show that started the scandals), big money quizzes were gone by 1958. In 1976, it came back as The $128,000 Question. Mike Darow hosted the first season from New York while Alex Trebek did the second season from Toronto.moreless
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    Earn Your Vacation

    Earn Your Vacation

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    CBS (ended 1954)
    Host Johnny Carson asked audience members where they wanted to go on their vacations, then they would play for their prizes.
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    We Take Your Word

    We Take Your Word

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    CBS (ended 1951)
    We Take Your Word was a game show where television viewers mailed in word suggestions and the show's panelists would attempt to provide the definitions, derivations and histories of the word.moreless
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    The $64,000 Challenge!

    The $64,000 Challenge!

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    CBS (ended 1958)
    a spin-off of "The $64,000 Question".
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    Ad Libbers

    Ad Libbers

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    CBS (ended 1951)
    The Ad Libbers was a short lived improvisational program where a host Peter Donald offered a situation and a group of actors would ad lib dialogue to fit that scene.
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    21

    21

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    NBC (ended 1958)
    The number 21 means a lot of different things to different people. It's the highest winning score in blackjack, legal drinking age, the New England Patriots' NFL record for consecutive victories and the current Century. But for a brief span in the late 1950s, Twenty-One also was synonymous with one of the most-watched, and most infamous, game shows in history. 21 inspired the movie Quiz Show.moreless
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    Miss Universe

    Miss Universe

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    NBC
    Miss Universe is an annual beauty pageant broadcast by NBC and run by the Miss Universe Organization. In the contest, women from more than 80 countries contest for the crown and the title of Miss Universe, vying for the highest cumulative score in swimsuit, evening gown, and question-and-answer competitions. The overall winner receives a contract with the Miss Universe Organization, a chance to spread awareness of disease control, peace, and AIDS awareness across the globe, and the keys to an apartment in Trump Tower (Donald Trump owns the rights to the competition). The pageant aims to host a competition of women that are beautiful, yet are still intelligent, goal-oriented, and well-mannered. The contestants are usually chosen through national pageants in countries across the world, although some countries refuse to participate due to cost or local customs. Over the history of the Miss Universe pageant, the United States has taken the most titles (7), followed Venezuela (6), Puerto Rico (5), and Sweden (3).moreless
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    Front Page Challenge

    Front Page Challenge

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    CBC (ended 1995)
    Canadian panel/quiz show
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    Tag the Gag

    Tag the Gag

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    NBC (ended 1951)
    Wilbur Stark Productions created this short-lived game show. Hal Block was the Host. This quiz show lasted two weeks. A panel of comedians attempted to guess the punch line based on the actions of a group of performers. This series was aired only on two Mondays: August 13 and 20, 1951 at 8:00 PM on NBC. These two shows are lost to history. No kinescopes exist.moreless
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    Talent Patrol

    Talent Patrol

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    ABC (ended 1955)
    This show was a military talent show sponsored by the US Army to aid recruiting. The show, emceed by Steve Allen, featured amateurs trying to win a night on the town with a pretty actress. In April 1953, Allen was replaced by Bud Collyer, who was replaced by Arlene Francis in June 1953. In 1954, professional entertainers in the Army were featured each week instead of the amateurs of the first year. In June 1955, the show expanded to 60 minutes from 30, and Richard Hayes, who was in the Army, joined Ms. Francis as co-host. All of the music on the show was provided by US Army bands.moreless
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    It Could Be You

    It Could Be You

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    NBC (ended 1961)
    Game.Contestants selected from the studio audience compete by performing stunts. Winners receive a prize that they had always wanted (stated before the game begins) ,but could never afford to purchase. Featured: friend and family reunions.moreless
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    Gamble on Love

    Gamble on Love

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    Dumont (ended 1954)
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    Double or Nothing

    Double or Nothing

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    CBS (ended 1954)
    early CBS game show
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    Dollar a Second

    Dollar a Second

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    Dumont (ended 1957)
    Contestants earned money for every correct answer. BROADCAST HISTORY DuMont: 9/20/53 - 6/14/54 NBC: 7/4/54 - 8/22/54 ABC: 10/1/54 - 6/24/55; 9/2/55 - 8/31/56 NBC: 6/22/57 - 9/28/57
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    Hold That Camera!

    Hold That Camera!

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    Dumont (ended 1950)
    The series was initially hosted by Jimmy Blaine and had contestants performing outrageous stunts of the "Truth or Consequences" variety while being given instructions via phone from home viewers. Within a few weeks, Blaine and the format were given the axe. Kyle MacDonnell became host and the show was a straight variety program.moreless
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    Who's There?

    Who's There?

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    CBS (ended 1952)
    This program was a summer replacement show with three panelists attempting to guess a celebrity's name after viewing articles of clothing or props associated with him or her.
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    Answer Yes or No

    Answer Yes or No

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    NBC (ended 1950)
    Hosted by Moss Hart, this quiz show featured a panel of celebrity guests who would be asked questions about how they would behave in a variety of hypothetical situations. The contestants would then ask the guests other questions about themselves to try and determine what their hypothetical answer would be.moreless
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