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The television version premiered in 1955, and was hosted by Hal March. A contestant would be asked several questions, earning money which escalated as the questions became harder. Once the contestant had reached $4000 in winnings, they would come back the next week for one question. They could quit at any time and retire with their money, but until they won $8000, if they got a question wrong, they were eliminated without winning anything. Once the contestant won $8000, if they missed a question they received a consolation prize of a new Cadillac. Once reaching the $8000 level, they were placed in the Revlon "isolation booth", where they could hear nothing but the host's words. As long as the contestant kept answering correctly, they could stay on the show until they had won $64,000.

The program was an enormous hit immediately, reaching number one on the charts, even drawing more viewers than I Love Lucy. It spawned many imitators, including Twenty-One, The Big Surprise and The $64,000 Challenge. Challenge was a sister show to Question -- $64,000 winners on Question would move over to Challenge, where they could win another $70,000. Among the winners on both shows was Doctor Joyce Brothers, who proved her expertise in her chosen category, boxing.

The biggest winners on the combined shows were 11-year-old Robert Strom, who won $192,000 with new escalating question plateaus, and Teddy Nadler, who won a total of $252,000.

TV Guide kept a running total of the amount of money won on Question, with $1,000,000 the total by the end of November 1956.

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Last Airing Nov 02, 1958
Premiere June 7, 1955
Episodes Unknown
Network CBS
Format/Time Black & White / 30 Minutes
Country United States
Upcoming Airs Not currently airing
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