3rd Degree (game show)

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3rd Degree
Genre Game Show
Created by Bert Convy
Burt Reynolds
Presented by Bert Convy
Narrated by Bob Hilton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 195
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Burt and Bert Productions
Kline and Friends Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original channel Syndication
Original release September 11, 1989 (1989-09-11) – June 8, 1990 (1990-06-08)

3rd Degree is an American game show that aired in syndication from September 11, 1989 to June 8, 1990 (with repeats airing until September 7). The series was hosted by Bert Convy, while Bob Hilton served as announcer. It was the final game show hosted by Convy (although he was slated to host the 1990 edition of Match Game for ABC), who died thirteen months after the series was cancelled.

The show was produced by Burt & Bert Productions, Kline & Friends, in association with Lorimar Television, and distributed by Warner Bros. Television. The series was similar to the Goodson-Todman panel games What's My Line? and Make the Connection. 3rd Degree was taped at Studio 31 at CBS Television City in Hollywood.


A panel of four celebrities who were split into two teams (two men, two women) faced a team of two contestants who have a special relationship between them. Two rounds were played for each civilian team; in each round, each team of celebrities had a limited time to question the contestants (or give them "the third degree", hence the name of the show). In the first round, each team of celebrities had one minute to question the contestants, and in the second round, the time was cut to 30 seconds.

When the time was up, the celebrity team in control then got to guess the relationship (or when Bert Convy asked the question, "What's the relationship?" when they were getting close to the correct relationship). An incorrect guess awarded $250 to the contestants, and stumping the panel completely won $2,000.

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Peter Marshall hosted the pilot, but was forced out after Bert Convy left his other show Win, Lose or Draw to make room for new host Robb Weller. Marshall sued in retaliation, but dropped his claim after Bert was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.[1]


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