Super Password

NBC (ended 1989)



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Super Password

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Super Password was the third revival of the classic word-communication game. As with its immediate predecessor, Password Plus, Super Password used the game's classic elements and paired them with a new "master puzzle" (always a person, place, thing, etc.). Two contestants, including a returning champion, competed, each one paired with a celebrity guest (who played the entire week). Host Bert Convy gave each cluegiver a "password" which as before, he/she could only use a one-word clue to communicate it to his/her partner. If the word was not guessed, the opposing team (who could eavesdrop) could use a different clue (or perhaps even the same clue) to guess the word. Up to four guesses, two per team were allowed; the word was placed in a master puzzle (each having 5 "passwords," played one at a time), and the first team to guess could then attempt to identify the solution. If the word was not guessed, it was still put up, but no guesses were allowed. The team that solves the puzzle won cash ($100 for the 1st puzzle, $200 for the 2nd and so on); no cash was given if nobody from either team could guess the final password or solve the puzzle after all five clues were revealed. The celebrities were the cluegivers for the odd-numbered rounds (e.g., first and third) and the contestants gave the clues for the even-numbered ones (second and fourth). The winner of the second puzzle played a new "Ca$hword" game for a $1,000 bonus (and $1,000 added every game it went unclaimed). In "Ca$hword," the celebrity partner could give up to three clues to a difficult word; if the contestant guessed it, he/she won the bonus (which was kept, regardless of the outcome). The contestants switched celebrity partners after the $200 puzzle. The first team to reach $500 won the game and played the Super Password round. This bonus round was played identically as its previously known name, "Alphabetics." The team had 60 seconds to guess ten passwords each beginning with a successive letter of the alphabet (A-J, B-K, etc.). Each word was worth $100 and getting all ten was worth $5,000 (plus $5,000 for each playing it went unclaimed). Frequently, the Super Password jackpot went unclaimed for several days and reached as high as $60,000 on more than one occassion. A contestant remained on the show for up to five days or his/her defeat; NBC did not have a winnings' limit, but the all-time champion retired with $76,000. Besides of a Tournament of Champions, the show also instituted a Tournament of Losers. This tournament was for those contestants who – even though they proved to be very good players – either were soundly beaten by terrific opponents or were partnered with celebrities who didn't have the slightest clue how to play the game. In other words, those who won $0! The most famous Super Password contestant appeared in 1988. Competing as Patrick Quinn, the contestant blitzed his way to $58,600 during his championship reign. However, alert viewers from Alaska tipped off police that he was really Kari Ketchum, a con artist! When Ketchum tried to collect his winnings at the Goodson office, police arrested him. Needless to say, the Goodson company didn't give him any of his winnings, not even those lovely parting gifts!moreless
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  • The third episode of the season







    Solved by Patricia right away. Pretty incredible for her and only a sign of things to come.

    Cash word suspect







    Lori couldn't remember much less think of the name of the place. Thankfully, her partner




    artichoke stumped the contestants

    astroturf was easy for Pat once he said Astrodome.









    Gloria luckily guessed this one just out of the blue.



    Doodle was unsaid


    Firecracker (blown because Gloria said Fourth of July as a clue)






    Mary Rose Callopy is from Costa Mesa, California and married to a man named Bill. They have two kids named Billy and Amanda. She would unfortunately be the very first contesant on this show to win nothing.moreless
  • One of the greatest game shows of all time brought back in 80's style.

    Password has always been one of the classics of the game show genre. Allen Ludden played the intellectual aspect to the hilt. After the (sadly permanent) passing of the original Password, in 1975, NBC elected to bring it back in 1979 but as "Password Plus" and retained Ludden as host. This version used the password as clues to a puzzle which the contestants (or their celebrity parter) had to guess to win the money and eventually the game. The mood was more playful, to which the quick witted Ludden usually played into but at times seemed frustrated that there was too much nonsense. Sadly, Ludden passed away and the show was never quite the same with replacements Bill Cullen and Tom Kennedy. In 1982, the show was cancelled.

    Two years later, NBC again resurrected the Password franchise as "Super Password." This time veteren Bert Convy ("Tattletales", "Win, Lose or Draw") was tapped as host. As much as Ludden was Password, Convy was Super Password. His on stage demeanor was just the playful touch that this less intellectual game needed. He often seemed bumbling and many times he would unintentionally give away the answer. This may have been frustrating to the crew, celebrities and contestents but was a riot to those of us watching.

    The premise of Super was the same as Plus: guess passwords to get the clues to the puzzle and solve the puzzle to win the round. In this version each game consisted of $100, $200, $300, and $400 rounds. Contestents would switch partners after the $200 round. The first contestant to $500 won the game and went on to play for a graduated jackpot which started at $5000 (later years it started at $10000) and went up by $5000 every time it was not won. This version also added the "Cashword" which was usually a more difficult word presented to the winner of the $200 puzzle. Guess it and win an extra $1000 graduated jackpot. Another much need rule change from Plus, thank goodness, opposites were again allowed for clues.

    The celebrities came from various backgrounds, some very well know and others that most people have never heard of but are obviously there to promote themselves or their work. How else would you explain the then unknown Pat Sajak. Classic episodes include appearances by veteren funny men Tom Poston and Dick Martin.

    This show is certainly worth the time to watch it. Thank you GSN for keeping it on the air.moreless
  • This is a good game show, that many people don't know of.

    Super Pssword is an excellent game show, that has a unique idea behind it. I enjoy the way the game is played, and they made like three different versions of it. Super Password I think is one of the best because it really makes you think, and it's very fun to play along with. I feel this game show is somewhat underated because I never hear anything about, and I'm surprised, but happy, that they still air the show on the Game Show Network. Either way, i hope it says on the Game Show Network, because it very fun, and a joy to watch compared to some of the others on the channel.moreless
  • A great old game show.

    Look for this on the game show network. If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you.moreless
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