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What's My Line?(1950-1967)

30min per episode
3.8/5 (with 5 votes)

Four panelists must determine guests' occupations - and, in the case of famous guests, while blindfolded, their identity - by asking only "yes" or "no" questions.

Concentration(1958-1959)

24min per episode

Concentration is an American television game show based on the children's memory game of the same name. Matching cards represented prizes that contestants could win. As matching pairs of cards were gradually removed from the board, it would slowly reveal elements of a rebus puzzle that contestants had to solve to win a match.The show was broadcast on and off from 1958 to 1991, presented by various hosts, and has been made in several different versions. The original network daytime series, Concentration, appeared on NBC for 14 years, 7 months, and 3,770 telecasts, the longest run of any game show on that network. This series was hosted by Hugh Downs and later by Bob Clayton, but for a six-month period in 1969, Ed McMahon hosted the series. The series began at 11:30 AM Eastern, then moved to 11:00 and finally to 10:30. Nearly all episodes of the NBC daytime version were produced at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City.A weekly nighttime version appeared in two separate broadcast runs: the first aired from October 30 to November 20, 1958 with Jack Barry as host, while the second ran from April 24 to September 18, 1961 with Downs as host.

I've Got a Secret(1952-1967)

30min per episode | Reality-TV
4.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A panel tries to determine a contestant's secret: something that is unusual, amazing, embarrassing, or humorous about that person.

To Tell the Truth(1956-1958)

30min per episode | Reality-TV
3.9/5 (with 2 votes)

The show features a panel of four celebrities attempting to correctly identify a described contestant who has an unusual occupation or experience. This central character is accompanied by two impostors who pretend to be the central character. The celebrity panelists question the three contestants; the impostors are allowed to lie but the central character is sworn "to tell the truth". After questioning, the panel attempts to identify which of the three challengers is telling the truth and is thus the central character.

Beat the Clock(1950-2003)

30min per episode | Reality-TV
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

Beat the Clock is a Goodson-Todman game show that aired on American television in several versions since 1950.The original show, hosted by Bud Collyer, ran on CBS from 1950 to 1958 and ABC from 1958 to 1961. The show was revived in syndication as The New Beat the Clock from 1969 to 1974, with Jack Narz as host until 1972, when he was replaced by the show's announcer, Gene Wood. Another version ran on CBS from 1979 to 1980, with former Let's Make a Deal host Monty Hall as host and Narz as announcer. The most recent version aired in 2002 on PAX with Gary Kroeger and Julielinh Parker as co-hosts. The series was also featured as the third episode of Gameshow Marathon in 2006. Ricki Lake hosted while Rich Fields announced.In 2013, the show appeared in TV Guide's list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.

Twenty One(1956)

1h per episode

Twenty One is an American game show which aired in the late 1950s. While it included the most popular contestant of the quiz show era, it became notorious for being a rigged quiz show which nearly caused the demise of the entire genre in the wake of United States Senate investigations. The 1994 movie Quiz Show is based on these events. A new version aired in 2000 with Maury Povich hosting, lasting about five months on NBC.

Down You Go(1951-2009)

30min per episode

Down You Go is an American television game show originally broadcast on the DuMont Television Network. The Emmy Award-nominated series ran from 1951–1956 as a prime time series hosted by Dr. Bergen Evans. The program aired in eleven different timeslots during its five-year run.Down You Go is one of only six series — along with The Arthur Murray Party; Pantomime Quiz; Tom Corbett, Space Cadet; The Ernie Kovacs Show; and The Original Amateur Hour — shown on all four major television networks of the Golden Age of Television: ABC, NBC, CBS, and DuMont.

Truth or Consequences(1950-)

30min per episode

Truth or Consequences is an American television show originally hosted on NBC radio by Ralph Edwards and later on television by Edwards, Jack Bailey, Bob Barker, Bob Hilton and Larry Anderson. The television show ran on CBS, NBC and also in syndication. The premise of the show was to mix the original quiz element of game shows with wacky stunts.The daily syndicated show was produced by Ralph Edwards Productions, in associated with and distributed by Metromedia Producers Corporation and Lorimar-Telepictures.

Remember this Date(1950)

30min per episode

Remmember This Date is an American game show that aired on NBC from November 14, 1950 to June 28, 1951. The program is most notable for being the first daytime game show.

Name That Tune(1952)

30min per episode | Music

Name That Tune is an American television game show that put two contestants against each other to test their knowledge of songs. Premiering in the United States on NBC Radio in 1952, the show was created and produced by Harry Salter and his wife Roberta.Name That Tune ran from 1953–1959 on NBC and CBS in prime time. The first hosts were Red Benson and later Bill Cullen, but George DeWitt became most identified with the show.Richard Hayes also emceed a local edition from 1970–1971, which ran for 26 weeks in a small number of markets. However, the best-remembered syndicated Name That Tune aired once a week from 1974–1981 with host Tom Kennedy. The series was revived for daily syndication in 1984, and its lone season was hosted by Jim Lange. For the last two of these series, John Harlan served as announcer.The centerpiece of each Name That Tune series was an orchestra, which would play the songs for the contestants to guess. The syndicated series' orchestras were conducted by Bob Alberti, Tommy Oliver, and Stan Worth. A second band, Dan Sawyer and the Sound System, was also featured from 1978–1981. Beginning in 1976 and continuing for the remainder of the weekly syndicated series, as well as for the entire 1984 run, the show's title became The $100,000 Name That Tune.

High-Low(1957)

30min per episode

High Low was an American game show that aired on NBC from July 4 to September 19, 1957. The series was a summer replacement for the popular variety show The Ford Show. Jack Barry was the emcee and Don Pardo was the announcer.

Directed by Charles S. Dubin

Break the Bank(1948)

30min per episode

Break the Bank is an American quiz show which aired variously on Mutual Radio and ABC, CBS and NBC television from 1945 to 1957.

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Okay, Mother(2021-)

Okay, Mother is an American daytime variety/game show hosted by Dennis James which originally aired on WABD in New York City in 1948. After receiving good ratings and largely positive reviews the show, originally titled Mothers Inc., aired nationally from 1 pm to 1:30 pm ET on the DuMont Television Network from Summer 1949 to July 6, 1951.

Broadway to Hollywood(2021-)

30min per episode

Broadway to Hollywood was an early American television program broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network. While the daytime version was mainly a talk show with news, celebrity gossip, and home-viewer quizzes, the quiz portion became a full-fledged nighttime version within two weeks of the program's debut.

Battle of the Ages(1952)

30min per episode

Battle of the Ages was an early American television program originally broadcast on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network and later CBS. It was a prime time game show/talent contest which pitted children against adult celebrities. Whichever team won would have their winnings donated to either the Professional Children's School or the Actors' Fund of America.The series ran during 1952. The DuMont version, which ran from January 1 to July 17, was hosted by John Reed King.The series was then aired by CBS on Saturdays at 10:30pm ET from September 6 to November 29, and was hosted by Morey Amsterdam.

Time Will Tell(1954)

30min per episode

Time Will Tell is an early American game show which aired on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network Fridays at 10:30pm ET from August 27 to October 15, 1954. The show's host, Ernie Kovacs, would go on to host many other shows on both DuMont, ABC, and NBC.Game play involved three contestants answering questions in 90-second rounds, timed with a large hourglass.The program, produced and distributed by the network, aired on most DuMont affiliates on Fridays at 10:30 pm Eastern Time, replacing Gamble on Love which was also hosted by Kovacs in the same time slot. After Time Will Tell ended, DuMont replaced the series with local programming. For DuMont, Kovacs also hosted the panel show One Minute Please and the late-night talk show The Ernie Kovacs Show.

Haggis Baggis(1958)

30min per episode

Haggis Baggis is an American game show that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959. Jack Linkletter hosted the primetime version while Fred Robbins and Dennis James did the daytime show. The announcer was Bill Wendell, with some editions announced by Jerry Damon.The series was produced by Rainbow Productions, otherwise known as Joe Cates Productions.

Tic-Tac-Dough(2021-)

30min per episode

Tic-Tac-Dough is an American television game show based on the paper-and-pencil game of tic-tac-toe. Contestants answer questions in various categories to put up their respective symbol, X or O, on the board. Three versions were produced: the initial 1956–59 run on NBC, a 1978–1986 run initially on CBS and then in syndication, and a syndicated run in 1990–1991. The show was produced by Barry & Enright Productions.Jack Barry, the co-producer, was the original host of the 1950s version, followed by Gene Rayburn and then Bill Wendell, with Jay Jackson and Win Elliot hosting prime time adaptations as well. Wink Martindale hosted the network and syndicated version beginning in 1978, but left the program and was replaced by Jim Caldwell who hosted during the 1985–1986 season. Patrick Wayne hosted the 1990–1991 version.

Keep Talking(2021-)

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College Bowl(2021-)

30min per episode
4.0/5 (with 1 vote)

College Bowl was a format of college-level quizbowl run and operated by College Bowl Company, Incorporated. It had a format similar to the current NAQT format. College Bowl first aired on US radio stations in 1953, and aired on US television from 1959 to 1970. After a seven-year hiatus following its cancellation on television, the game reappeared on college campuses in 1977 through an affiliation with the Association of College Unions International that lasted for 31 years. In 2008, the College Bowl Company announced its suspension of the College Bowl program, citing increased costs and financial infeasibility of continuing to work with ACUI.

One Minute Please(2021-)

30min per episode

One Minute Please was a panel quiz show hosted by Ernie Kovacs aired on the DuMont Television Network from 6 July 1954 to 17 February 1955 on Tuesdays at 9pm ET.Panelists were given a topic and had to talk about the subject for one minute nonstop. The panelist who talked the most was the winner.

Quick on the Draw(2021-)

24min per episode

Quick on the Draw was an American game show that aired on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network.

The Big Game(1958-2011)

The Big Game is a game show created by Jackson Stanley Productions. It ran on NBC in prime time from June 13 to September 19, 1958. It was hosted by Tom Kennedy.

You're On Your Own(2021-)

30min per episode

You're On Your Own was an American game show that aired on CBS from December 22, 1956 to March 16, 1957. Actor Steve Dunne was the emcee, with Hal Simms as the announcer and Joann Jordan was the commercial spokesperson for sponsor Hazel Bishop.You're On Your Own was broadcast from CBS Studio 59, also known as the Mansfield Theatre, in Manhattan.

Back That Fact(2021-)

30min per episode

Back That Fact is a short-lived American game show that aired on ABC from October 22 to November 26, 1953. This was the first TV game show for creator/producers Jack Barry and Dan Enright. Borscht Belt comedian and syndicated columnist Joey Adams was the emcee, with actress Hope Lange and actor Al Kelly as his assistants and Carl Caruso as the announcer.Back That Fact was broadcast from New York City.

Dough Re Mi(2021-)

30min per episode

Dough Re Mi was an American game show that aired on NBC from February 24, 1958 to December 30, 1960. The series was hosted by Gene Rayburn and was somewhat of an answer to CBS' Name That Tune, which began in 1953.Among those who substituted for Rayburn during the run were Jack Barry, announcer Roger Tuttle, Dayton Allen, Keefe Brasselle, and Fred Robbins.

Directed by Ted Nathanson

It Could Be You(1956)

30min per episode

It Could Be You was a television game show produced by Ralph Edwards Productions in the late 1950s in the United States, broadcast daily in the weekday daytime schedule for five years 1956-61, and weekly in the evening on-and-off over three years 1958-61. Bill Leyden was the host, and Wendell Niles was the announcer.

Dr. I.Q.(1953)

30min per episode

Dr. I.Q. is a radio and television quiz program. Remembered as radio's first major quiz show, it popularized the catch phrase "I have a lady in the balcony, Doctor."

Wheel of Fortune(1952)

30min per episode

Wheel of Fortune is an American game show hosted by Todd Russell which ran from 1952-1953 on CBS in both daytime and nighttime versions.

Gamble on Love(2021-)

30min per episode

Gamble on Love is an American game show which ran on the now-defunct DuMont Television Network from July 16 to August 20, 1954. The series, originally hosted by Denise Darcel, had three couples competing for a prize.The series aired Friday nights at 10:30 PM Eastern on most DuMont affiliates. Darcel was replaced on August 6 by comedian Ernie Kovacs, who also hosted the retitled version, Time Will Tell, which started August 27.

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