To Say the Least
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|To Say the Least|
|Created by||Heatter-Quigley Productions|
|Presented by||Tom Kennedy|
|Narrated by||Kenny Williams|
|Theme music composer||Stan Worth|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Original run||October 3, 1977– April 21, 1978|
To Say the Least is an American game show that aired on NBC from October 3, 1977 to April 21, 1978. The show was produced by Heatter-Quigley Productions, hosted by Tom Kennedy and announced by Kenny Williams. This was Kennedy's third NBC show to debut in the span of one year; his first, 50 Grand Slam, was canceled after a 13-week run in December 1976 and was replaced by a daytime version of his hit Name That Tune, which was canceled in June 1977 after 26 weeks.
Two teams, one consisting of men and the other women, competed. Each team consisted of one civilian player and two celebrities.
The object of To Say the Least was to guess the identity of subjects in as few words as possible. For each subject, one team member played while the other two were placed in isolation.
Both teams were shown a sentence of six to ten words to begin. Taking turns, both teams chose a word to eliminate from the sentence. Play continued until one of two things happened. At any given point one of the players could challenge the other team to guess the subject, and the isolated players were brought back out. If the teams continued eliminating words until only one was left, the team that eliminated the second-to-last word was forced to attempt a guess. If the guessing team correctly figured out the subject, they earned a win while the opposing team got the win if they could not. The first team to two wins won the match, and the civilian player won $100 and a prize package.
The winning contestant advanced with all four celebrities to play the All-Star Game for a chance at a cash jackpot.
Each of the celebrities stood behind four numbered doors on stage, and the contestant was given the subject and another sentence. The contestant preceded to eliminate all but three words in the sentence, and once he/she did so the first celebrity in line took a guess. Guessing correctly won the contestant $100. The contestant then repeated the process with the next celebrity in line, and a correct guess added $200 to his/her total.
Regardless of what had happened to this point, the contestant removed one more word from the sentence. If either the third or fourth celebrity correctly guessed the subject from the one remaining word displayed, the contestant won the jackpot. Each jackpot started out with $2,000 and went up $1,000 each day until somebody claimed it.
A contestant could stay on until they lost twice or played seven matches, whichever came first. If a contestant won four matches in a row without being defeated they also won a new car.
The premiere and the February 23 episode (the latter featuring a $5,000 win in the All-Star Game) exist among private collectors; one episode is held at The Paley Center for Media.