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To Tell the Truth
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To Tell the Truth

"To Tell the Truth" is a classic American game show that has been seen in various forms on and off since 1956.

The basic premise is simple: Three contestants, each of whom claims to be the same person, are interrogated by a panel of four celebrities in an attempt to identify who is the real one and who is bluffing. The contestant in question usually holds an unusual occupation or has done something noteworthy. After each celebrity has had a turn to question the guests, they each vote as to who they think is the real person. When this is finished, the moderator says the now-famous line, "Will the real (John Doe) please stand up?" The real person stands, the other two then reveal who they really are, and money is awarded to the players based on how many incorrect votes were placed.

"To Tell the Truth" (or TTTT) premiered on December 18, 1956 on CBS in prime time, and a daytime edition was introduced in 1960. Bud Collyer was the host; major panelists in this era included Orson Bean, Peggy Cass, Tom Poston, and Kitty Carlisle. This was cancelled in 1968, but returned only a year later in syndication; this lasted until 1977. Garry Moore hosted until 1976; regular panelists included Peggy Cass, Kitty Carlisle, and Bill Cullen, who subbed for Moore when needed. The 1969 version is known by many for its psychedelic set and its lyrical theme song; the psychedelia was ditched for a more conservative look in 1971.

TTTT returned for a brief one-year run in 1980 with Robin Ward hosting; again for a year in 1990 with Gordon Elliott, then Lynn Swann, then finally Alex Trebek in the host's seat; and once more in 2000 with John O'Hurley. Kitty Carlisle was a regular panelist in 1980 and 1990, and made a guest appearance for a week in 2000.

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