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The game of Password was adapted into a successful television game show of the same name. Password, hosted by Allen Ludden, ran from October 2, 1961, to September 22, 1967, on CBS and from April 5, 1971, to June 27, 1975, on ABC. The show's regular announcers were Jack Clark on CBS and John Harlan on ABC.
Two teams — each consisting of one celebrity player and one contestant — competed on the show. One player gave the single-word clues; the other player attempted to guessed the password. If the contestant made an incorrect guess, the other team had a chance to guess the word. This continued until one of the two teams guessed the word correctly or until ten clues were given. Scoring was based on how many clues were given when the correct word was guessed, with the team earning ten points for guessing on the first try, nine points on the second try, eight points on the third, and so on. The first team to reach 25 points played a "Lightning Round" where the contestant tried to guess five passwords within 60 seconds for $50 per word.
From November 18, 1974, to February 21, 1975, Password became Password All-Stars, where teams of celebrities played for charity.
Password won the first-ever Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show in 1974.
NBC brought Password back as Password Plus on January 8, 1979 (originally announced in Variety magazine as Password '79). The new format involved two teams, each consisting of a celebrity and a contestant, solving puzzles which consisted of five related passwords. Each team was given two chances (reduced from three chances after the first five months) to solve the password. If the password was solved correctly, the team was given a chance to identify the subject of the "Password Puzzle". The first two puzzles in each game were worth $100; each puzzle thereafter was worth $200.
The first team to reach $300 (later $500) played a bonus round known as "Alphabetics", where the team attempted to solve ten passwords beginning with consecutive letters of the alphabet within 60 seconds. If they were successful, the contestant won $5,000; otherwise, the contestant won $100 for each correct answer. Any illegal clues reduced the jackpot by $1,000. Toward the end of the show's run, $5,000 was added to the jackpot for each game until it was won, and illegal clues reduced the jackpot by 20 percent.
Allen Ludden emceed Password Plus. When Ludden was diagnosed with stomach cancer in 1980, Bill Cullen substituted for four weeks in the spring of 1980. Ludden returned to the show, but his illness eventually forced him off for good (he died in 1981). Tom Kennedy emceed the show from October 27, 1980 until its cancellation on March 26, 1982 after 800 shows. Gene Wood was the show's announcer.
Password Plus won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show in 1982, shortly after the show was cancelled.
On September 24, 1984, NBC brought the series back as Super Password with Bert Convy hosting and Gene Wood announcing. Gameplay was similar to Password Plus, except that the first puzzle was worth $100 and each puzzle was worth $100 more than the previous one; the first team to reach $500 won. The team that had the lead after the second puzzle played a "Ca$hword" game, where the celebrity player was given a password and the contestant was given three chances to guess that word. If the word was guessed correctly, the contestant won a cash jackpot that started at $1,000 and increased by that amount until somebody won. Contestants switched celebrity partners after the Ca$hword.
The bonus round no longer had the Alphabetics name (instead being just called "Super Password"), but it was played the same way, except that any illegal clues forfeited the contestant's chance at the jackpot. Jackpots started at $5,000 and increased by that amount — sometimes topping $50,000 — until somebody won.
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|Last Airing||Mar 24, 1989|
|Premiere||October 2, 1961|
|Format/Time||Color / 30 Minutes|
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