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|Starring||Rod Serling (1969)
Bill Armstrong (1976)
Allen Ludden (1977–79)
Eric Boardman (1988–89)
|Narrated by||Jim Isaics (1969)
Bill Berry (1976–79)
Joe Seiter (1976–79)
Bill Armstrong (1988)
|Country of origin||United States (1969–79)
|Producer(s)||Ralph Andrews (1969–79)
Blair Murdoch (1988–89)
|Running time||approx. 26 Minutes|
|Original channel||Syndicated (1969, 1976–79, 1988–89)|
|Original run||1969 – 1989|
Liar's Club is an American game show, originally produced by Ralph Andrews, featuring a panel of celebrity guests who offered explanations of obscure or unusual objects. Contestants attempted to determine which explanation was correct in order to win prizes.
Liar's Club was first seen in 1969 with Rod Serling as host, and returned for a three-season run from 1976–79, after airing as a local series on Los Angeles' KTLA in 1974-75 season. Bill Armstrong hosted the program in the 1970s, and was later succeeded by Allen Ludden. Bill Berry and Joe Seiter sharing the announcing duties. Celebrity attorney/actress/producer Vicki Roberts was a regular researcher on the show, and brought-in many of the strange objects that were found by scouring local antique shops in the Los Angeles area.
Another version of the show aired from 1988–89 as The New Liar's Club; Chicago-native Eric Boardman hosted the program, and former emcee Bill Armstrong served as announcer. This version was produced by Blair Murdoch at CKVU-TV in Vancouver.
A panel of celebrity guests was presented with an unusual object, after which each celebrity provided an explanation of the object's use. Contestants then attempted to guess which star was providing the accurate description.
On the 1969 version, the contestant who made the most correct guesses during the episode won $100. For all later versions, contestants began the game with a set amount of money and made wagers before attempting to guess the correct object, which were then paid out at various odds if the contestant was successful.
From 1976–77, contestants were spotted with $100 at the start of the game, and wagered up to $100 (in $10 increments) for each prediction. Correct predictions were paid out at odds of 1:1 in Round 1, 2:1 in Round 2, 5:1 in Round 3, and 10:1 in Round 4. When Ludden took over as host in 1977, the game format largely remained the same, but the maximum in eacn round wager was changed from $100 to half of the contestant's current bank. On the 1988–89 version, contestants played for points and wagered anywhere between 10 and 50 points in each round.
Except from 1977–79, the last round of the game featured artwork presented before the panel and contestants. Each celebrity would then offer their own title for the art, and contestants attempted to predict which title was correct. From 1977–78, the final round consisted of each celebrity describing his or her own unusual item instead of a single object or a piece of art. From 1978–79, in a departure from the first three rounds, contestants attempted to predict which of the four celebrities was lying in their description. Also, when the change was made, the betting limit was removed for this round only.
The contestant with the highest score won the game and a bonus prize, with (from 1977–89) an additional prize to any contestant who made a correct prediction in all four rounds. If two or more contestants were tied at the end of the game, ties were broken first by the amount wagered in round four. If contestants were tied in that criteria, the winner was determined by the number of correct predictions during the game. If this did not break the tie, the contestants then revealed predictions each had made regarding their final score prior to the start of the game. The contestant with the prediction that was closest to their final score without going over was declared the winner.
Canadian comedian John Barbour was a regular panelist throughout the 1980s version, and the three other panelists changed from week to week. Shannon Tweed and Pete Barbutti later joined Barbour as permanent panelists.
The Next Line
In 1991, a show titled The Next Line and hosted by Kevin Frank, was produced in Canada. The format had many similarities to The New Liar's Club: both shows were taped at the same studio, and featured similar gameplay elements. However, contestants instead attempted to predict which celebrity was providing the correct "next line" in a video clip or song. Like The New Liar's Club, the show was produced by Blair Murdoch and featured Pete Barbutti as a regular panelist.
- Liar's Club (1969) at the Internet Movie Database
- Liar's Club (1976–79) at the Internet Movie Database
- The New Liar's Club (1988–89) at the Internet Movie Database
- "Vicki Roberts". IMDb. Retrieved 1 October 2013.