The dating game contestants list
A 1998 revival put Whoopi Goldberg in the center square for four seasons.
Host: Howie Mandel Years on TV: 2005 – present Deal or No Deal put Howie Mandel back on the map – that alone has gotta be worthy of landing on our list of the 25 greatest game shows.
Once the dealing began, contestants could choose from behind door or curtain number one, two or three – with either legit prizes or total crap. Here’s a great Super Password clip featuring major screw ups by Patty Duke, Rip Taylor and host Bert Convy.
Host: Allen Ludden, Tom Kennedy (Password Plus), Bert Convy (Super Password), Regis Philbin (Million Dollar Password) Years on TV: 1961-1967; 1971-1975 (Password Plus 1979); (Super Password 1984-1989); (Million Dollar Password) You had to love the hushed announcer revealing the secret password: “The password is…” Password offered up plenty of great celebrity appearances (C’mon! Hosts: Peter Marshall (1966-1981), Jon Bauman (1983-1984), John Davidson (1986-1989), Tom Bergeron (1998-2004) Years on TV: 1966-1981; 1983-1984; 1986-2004 Circle gets the square!
The scripted comedy on Hollywood Squares was delivered better by some than others (Hello? ) and featured regulars like Florence Henderson, Sandy Duncan, George Gobel and Joan Rivers.
Hosts: Red Benson, Bill Cullen, George De Witt, Richard Hayes, Dennis James, Tom Kennedy, Jim Lange Years on TV: 1953 -1959; 1974-1981; 1984-1985 Name That Tune is the predecessor of shows like “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” and yeah, looking back it is heavy on the cheese.
But who didn’t love the courage of those contestants who could “name that tune in two notes” – for reals?
Host: Ken Ober Years on TV: 1987 – 1990 This MTV game show classic combined pop culture with quirky host Ken Ober, a unique format and a set that was supposed to be Ken’s mom’s basement.
Losing contestants were sucked off the set in their leather recliners and don’t forget the final challenge – naming music videos from clips played on a pile of TVs.