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.