Tattletales

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Tattletales
Tattletales Logo 1974.jpg
Created by Ira Skutch
Directed by Paul Alter
Presented by Bert Convy
Narrated by Jack Clark (1974)
John Harlan (1974)
Gene Wood (1974–78)
Johnny Olson (1974, 1982–84)
Composer(s) Edd Kalehoff
Jonathan Segal
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 1,075 (1974–78, CBS)
30 (1977–78; Weekly Syndication)[1]
Production
Executive producer(s) Ira Skutch
Producer(s) Paul Alter
Running time approx. 22–26 minutes
Production company(s) Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (1974–78, 1982–83)
Mark Goodson Productions (1983–84)
Panel Productions (1974–78)
The Tattletale Company (1982–84)
Distributor Firestone Syndication (1977–78)
Release
Original network CBS (1974–78, 1982–84)
Syndicated (weekly, 1977–78)
Original release First Run
February 18, 1974 (1974-02-18) – March 31, 1978 (1978-03-31)
Second Run
January 18, 1982 (1982-01-18) – June 1, 1984 (1984-06-01)

Tattletales is an American game show which first aired on the CBS daytime schedule on February 18, 1974. It was hosted by Bert Convy, with several announcers, including Jack Clark, Gene Wood, Johnny Olson and John Harlan, providing the voiceover at various times. Wood was the primary announcer during the show's first run, with Olson announcing during the 1980s.

The show's premise involved questions asked about celebrity couples' personal lives and was based on He Said, She Said, a syndicated Goodson-Todman show that aired during the 1969–70 season.

Host[edit]

Bert Convy was awarded a Daytime Emmy for hosting the show in 1977. Bert Convy and his wife, Anne, occasionally played the game during the 1970s run, most often during weeks in which the panel was made up entirely of other game show hosts and their spouses. Among the hosts who filled in for Convy during these episodes were Gene Rayburn, Bob Barker, Bobby Van, Jack Narz and Richard Dawson. All five hosts also participated in playing the game along with other hosts such as Allen Ludden, Bill Cullen and Chuck Woolery.

Gameplay[edit]

Host Bert Convy.

The show changed its format after its first four months on the air. The second format remained for the rest of the show's run, including its later versions.

Format #1[edit]

The Tattletales set consisted of two parts. One was a desk behind which three players could sit. The other was a small seating area in the rear left corner of the stage, which was used to keep the players not in the game isolated; a sliding wall covered the seating area during gameplay and each player had a set of headphones to block out any noise from the other side of the wall.

Usually, the game began with the husbands isolated and the wives onstage. Convy asked the players onstage two questions, which usually started with "It happened at..." and then Convy completed the question. After each question was read, a player onstage buzzed-in to answer the question. That player then gave a one- or two-word clue that the spouse would recognize. The offstage players then each appeared on monitors in front of their spouses. Convy repeated the question to the offstage players, followed by the clue. The offstage player who buzzed in first answered the question, and if the couple's answers matched, they won money for their rooting section.

A correct answer was worth $100 with a one-word clue, and $50 with a two-word clue. Convy then asked another question, usually multiple choice, called a "Tattletale Quickie," to each couple in-turn. On their turn, each onstage player answered the question, and the spouse appeared and answered the same question. If the answers matched, the team won $100. The players changed places in the second round.

Format #2[edit]

In June 1974, the game dropped the first type of question, and questions in the "Tattletale Quickies" format were used for the entire show (though the "Quickies" name was dropped). The scoring format also changed. Each question had a pot of $150, split among all couples who matched ($50 if all three matched, $75 if two matched and $150 if only one couple matched). If no one matched, the amount of the pot was added to the next question. The husbands were first asked two questions, after which the players changed places prior to the second round. The wives were then asked two more questions, with the value of the final question doubled to $300.

Rooting Sections[edit]

Production for Tattletales was set up at Hollywood's CBS Television City in Stages 31, 41, 43 during both runs.[2] It was recorded with a studio audience divided into three color-coded sections: red, yellow (which Convy nicknamed "banana"), and blue, each rooting for one celebrity couple. Audience members in each section divided the money their respective couples won. The couple with the most money at the end of the show won the game, earning their section a $1,000 bonus. In the event of a tie, those sections split the $1,000 bonus. A member of the winning section was also randomly drawn to win additional prizes. Audience members received their winnings in checks distributed as they left the studio.

Celebrities[edit]

The guest couples on the premiere episode of Tattletales were Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce, and Dick Gautier and Barbara Stuart. Among the other celebrities that played the game were Jay Leno and his wife Mavis, Michael J. Fox and his girlfriend Nancy McKeon, Leslie Nielsen and his wife, Tommy Lasorda and his spouse, William Shatner and his second wife Marcy Lafferty, Patti Deutsch and her husband comedy writer Donald Ross, Phyllis Diller and her husband Warde Donovan, James Brolin and his wife Jane Cameron Agee, and As the World Turns co-stars Meg Ryan and Frank Runyeon.

Neither version had a hard rule that the celebrity couples were in fact married or romantically involved, although the later version more frequently featured non-romantic couplings than the original run; the later version occasionally aired special weeks with teams consisting of TV couples, best friends, parent-child, and other combinations. On a March 1982 broadcast, Linda Blair stated on-air, in response to a question about romantic preferences, that her playing partner for that week, Jim Atcheson, was a close friend rather than a romantic interest. For one week in February 1975, gay comic actor Dick Sargent and lesbian comedian/author Fannie Flagg appeared on the show as a couple; Flagg was not introduced as Sargent's wife or girlfriend, or even friend, but rather "his lady". Gay actor and director Charles Nelson Reilly was booked on Tattletales during both CBS runs; his playing partner in 1977 was Elizabeth Allen, a long-time friend from his days on Broadway, and his partner on the show in 1982 was Julie Harris, another old friend from Broadway who was married to her third husband, Walter Carroll, at the time the program was produced.

Broadcast history[edit]

CBS placed Tattletales at 4:00 PM Eastern (3:00 Central) when it premiered, replacing the long-running soap opera The Secret Storm. It formed the last third of an afternoon game show block that also included The Price is Right and Match Game '74.

The show changed time slots three times in 1975. On June 16, CBS moved it to 11:00 AM Eastern time (one hour earlier in other time zones). On August 11, after The Price Is Right returned to the morning, Tattletales moved to 3:30 PM Eastern (one hour earlier in other zones). On December 1, it returned to its original time slot.

On December 12, 1977, CBS moved Tattletales to the 10:00 AM Eastern Time slot (one hour earlier in other zones) in a scheduling shuffle with The Price Is Right and Match Game '77. Tattletales gradually began to lose viewers and ran its 1,075th and final show of the original version on March 31, 1978. It was replaced by Pass the Buck. A weekly nighttime version, syndicated by Firestone aired during the 1977–78 season, but was not renewed.

In 1981, CBS asked Mark Goodson to bring Tattletales back, and it returned on January 18, 1982. It aired at 4:00 PM Eastern (one hour earlier in other zones) until June 1, 1984, when it was replaced by another Goodson show, Body Language.

Season 1 Episodes[edit]

Air Date[3] Host[4] Panelists[5]
February 18, 1974 Bert Convy Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara
February 25, 1974 Bert Convy Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
Phyllis Diller & Warde Donovan
March 4, 1974 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Pat Harrington & Marjorie Harrington
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
March 11, 1974 Bert Convy Steve Allen & Jayne Meadows
Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
March 18, 1974 Bert Convy Greg Mullavey & Meredith MacRae
Edward Mallory & Joyce Bulifant
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
March 25, 1974 Bert Convy Allen Ludden & Betty White
Bill Cullen & Ann Cullen
Chuck Woolery & Jo Ann Pflug
April 1, 1974 Bert Convy Steve Allen & Jayne Meadows
Jack Narz & Delores "Dodie" Narz
Roger Perry & Jo Anne Worley
April 8, 1974 Bert Convy Ken Berry & Jackie Joseph
Gary Crosby & Barbara Crosby
Pat Harrington & Marjorie Harrington
April 15, 1974 Bert Convy Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Alejandro Rey & Joyce Rey
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
April 22, 1974 Bert Convy James Brolin & Jane Brolin
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
April 29, 1974 Bert Convy Ken Berry & Jackie Joseph
Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
May 6, 1974 Bert Convy Allen Ludden & Betty White
Gavin MacLeod & Patti Steele
Pat Harrington & Marjorie Harrington
May 13, 1974 Bert Convy Ken Berry & Jackie Joseph
Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
May 20, 1974 Bert Convy Gary Crosby & Barbara Crosby
Robert Culp & Sheila Sullivan
Christopher George & Lynda Day George
May 27, 1974 Bert Convy Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Janet Lennon & Lee Bernhardi
Glenn Ford & Cynthia Hayward
June 3, 1974 Bert Convy Chad Everett & Shelby Grant
Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
David Ladd & Cheryl Ladd
June 10, 1974 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Alejandro Rey & Joyce Rey
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
June 17, 1974 Bert Convy Frank Gilbert & Amanda Blake
William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
June 24, 1974 Bert Convy Bob Crane & Pat Crane
Elena Verdugo & Charles Rosewall
Fabian & Kate Forte
July 1, 1974 Bert Convy Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Bobby Troup & Julie London
Rona Barrett & William Trowbridge
July 8, 1974 Gene Rayburn Bert Convy & Anne Convy
Harvey Korman & Donna Korman
Roger Perry & Jo Anne Worley
July 15, 1974 Bert Convy Monty Hall & Marilyn Hall
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
July 22, 1974 Bert Convy Ross Martin & Olavee Martin
Alejandro Rey & Joyce Rey
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
July 29, 1974 Bert Convy Jessica Walter & Ross Bowman
Lyle Waggoner & Sharon Waggoner
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
August 5, 1974 Bert Convy Army Archerd & Selma Archerd
Robert Culp & Sheila Sullivan
Pat Harrington & Marjorie Harrington
August 12, 1974 Bert Convy Joseph Campanella & Jill Campanella
Allen Ludden & Betty White
Scoey Mitchlll & Claire Mitchlll
August 19, 1974 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Chad Everett & Shelby Grant
Kaye Stevens & Tom Lindstrom
August 26, 1974 Bert Convy Gene Barry & Betty Barry
Phyllis Diller & Warde Donovan
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross

Season 2 Episodes[edit]

Air Date[6] Host[7] Panelists[8]
September 2, 1974 Bert Convy Bill Cullen & Ann Cullen
Bill Macy & Samantha Harper
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
September 9, 1974 Bert Convy Jim Backus & Henny Backus
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
Max Julien & Vonetta McGee
September 16, 1974 Bert Convy Robert Alda & Flora Alda
Louis Nye & Anita Nye
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
September 23, 1974 Bert Convy Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Christopher George & Lynda Day George
Robert Vaughn & Linda Vaughn
October 14, 1974 Bert Convy Conrad Bain & Monica Bain
Allen Ludden & Betty White
Tommy Mason & Cathy Rigby
October 21, 1974 Bert Convy Arlene Dahl & Skip Schaum
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
October 28, 1974 Bert Convy Richard Dawson & Jody Donovan
Kaye Stevens & Tom Lindstrom
Bill Macy & Samantha Harper
November 4, 1974 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Chris Connelly & Carol Connelly
George Hamilton & Alana Stewart
November 11, 1974 Bert Convy Marty Allen & Frenchy Allen
Ronny Cox & Mary Cox
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
November 18, 1974 Bert Convy Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
Bobby Troup & Julie London
Rona Barrett & William Trowbridge
November 25, 1974 Bert Convy Hugh Lambert & Nancy Sinatra
Robert Blake & Sondra Blake
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
December 2, 1974 Bert Convy Glenn Ford & Cynthia Hayward
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Max Julien & Vonetta McGee
December 9, 1974 Bert Convy William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
George Hamilton & Alana Stewart
Scoey Mitchlll & Claire Mitchlll
December 16, 1974 Bert Convy Amanda Blake & Frank Gilbert
Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
Gene Rayburn & Helen Rayburn
December 23, 1974 Bert Convy Don Galloway & Linda Galloway
Christopher George & Lynda Day George
Jimmie Walker & Samantha Stone
December 30, 1974 Bert Convy Monty Hall & Marilyn Hall
Pat Harrington & Marjorie Harrington
John McCook & Juliet Prowse
January 6, 1975 Bert Convy Shecky Greene & Nalani Kele
Greg Mullavey & Meredith MacRae
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
January 13, 1975 Bert Convy Jack Albertson & Wallace Albertson
Ken Berry & Jackie Joseph
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
January 20, 1975 Bert Convy Martin Milner & Judy Milner
Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
January 27, 1975 Bert Convy George Hamilton & Alana Stewart
Juliet Mills & Michael Miklenda
Peter Haskell & Dianne Haskell
February 3, 1975 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Bill Daily & Pat Daily
Dick Sargent & Fannie Flagg
February 10, 1975 Bert Convy Army Archerd & Selma Archerd
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Bobby Troup & Julie London
February 17, 1975 Bert Convy Sammy Cahn & Rita Cahn
Gary Crosby & Barbara Crosby
Milt Kamen & Margot Kamen
February 24, 1975 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roseanne Carter
Kent McCord & Cynthia McCord
Shari Lewis & Jeremy Tarcher
March 3, 1975 Bert Convy Milton Berle & Ruth Berle
Glenn Ford & Cynthia Hayward
Hugh Lambert & Nancy Sinatra
March 10, 1975 Bert Convy Bill Macy & Samantha Harper
Scoey Mitchlll & Claire Mitchlll
William Gray Espy & Janice Lynde
March 17, 1975 Bert Convy George Hamilton & Alana Stewart
James Brown & Deidre Brown
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
March 24, 1975 Bert Convy Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Virginia "Ginny" Newhart
Totie Fields & George Johnston
March 31, 1975 Bert Convy Steve Forrest & Cris Forrest
Hugh Lambert & Nancy Sinatra
Gene Rayburn & Helen Rayburn
April 7, 1975 Bert Convy Robert Vaughn & Linda Vaughn
Arte Johnson & Gisela Johnson
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
April 14, 1975 Bert Convy Joyce Brothers & Dr. Milton Brothers
Amanda Blake & Frank Gilbert
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
April 21, 1975 Bert Convy Milton Berle & Ruth Berle
Amanda Blake & Frank Gilbert
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
April 28, 1975 Bert Convy Robert Blake & Sondra Blake
Anthony Newley & Dareth Rich
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
May 5, 1975 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Douglas S. Cramer & Joyce Hamber
Tom Hallick & Pam Crawford
May 12, 1975 Bert Convy Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Pat Harrington & Marge Harrington
Buck Owens & Lisa Todd
May 19, 1975 Bert Convy Christopher George & Lynda Day George
Lorenzo Music & Henrietta Music
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
May 26, 1975 Bert Convy Bob Barker & Dorothy Jo Barker
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
Jack Jones & Susan George
June 2, 1975 Bert Convy Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
John Clark & Lynn Redgrave
Bill Elliott & Dionne Warwick
June 9, 1975 Bert Convy Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Virginia "Ginny" Newhart
Anthony Newley & Dareth Rich
June 16, 1975 Bert Convy Dick martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Virginia "Ginny" Newhart
Anthony Newley & Dareth Rich
June 23, 1975 Bert Convy Scoey Mitchell & Claire Mitchell
Bill Daily & Pat Daily
Dana Valery & Tim Saunders
June 30, 1975 Bert Convy Helen Reddy & Jeff Wald
Jan Murray & Toni Murray
Totie Fields & George Johnston
July 7, 1975 Bert Convy Robert Culp & Sheila Sullivan
Charles Nelson Reilly & Elizabeth Allen
Sugar Ray Robinson & Millie Robinson
July 14, 1975 Bert Convy Bill Daily & Pat Daily
Scoey Mitchlll & Claire Mitchlll
Tim Saunders & Dana Valery
July 21, 1975 Bert Convy Conny Van Dyke & Larry Coates
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
July 28, 1975 Bert Convy Joan Collins & Ron Kass
Zsa Zsa Gabor & Jack Ryan
Bill Cullen & Ann Cullen
August 4, 1975 Bert Convy Sammy Davis Jr. & Altovise Davis
Adrienne Barbeau & Michael Malone
Linda Kaye Henning & John O'Connell
August 11, 1975 Bert Convy Jack Douglas & Reiko
Greg Morris & Lee Morris
William Gray Espy & Janice Lynde
August 18, 1975 Bert Convy Barbara McNair & Rick Manzie
Rick Barry & Pam Barry
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
August 25, 1975 Bert Convy Hal Holbrook & Carol Rossen
Marcia Wallace & Michael Bell
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean

Season 3 Episodes[edit]

Air Date[9] Host[10] Panelists[11]
September 1, 1975 Bert Convy Julie London & Bobby Troup
Ron Masak & Kay Masak
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
September 8, 1975 Bert Convy Lynn Redgrave & John Clark
Godfrey Cambridge & Audrey Cambridge
Hal Linden & Fran Linden
September 15, 1975 Bert Convy Anne Meara & Jerry Stiller
Darren McGavin & Kathie Browne
Ross Martin & Olavee Martin
September 22, 1975 Bert Convy Mel Tormé & Janette Scott
Bob Seagren & Kam Seagren
Gene Rayburn & Helen Rayburn
September 29, 1975 Bert Convy Richard Dawson & Janette Scott
Bo Hopkins & Sondra Locke
Diana Ewing & Harvey Miller
October 6, 1975 Bert Convy Eva Gabor & Frank Jameson
Dennis James & Micki James
Jamie Farr & Joy Farr
October 13, 1975 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Stirling Silliphant & Tiana Silliphant
Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
October 20, 1975 Bert Convy Bob Barker & Dorothy Jo Barker
Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Henry Darrow & Lucy Darrow
October 27, 1975 Bert Convy Glenn Ford & Cynthia Hayward
Kent McCord & Cynthia McCord
Scoey Mitchell & Claire Mitchell
November 3, 1975 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Alex Rocco & Sunny Rocco
Robert Urich & Heather Menzies
November 10, 1975 Bert Convy Tom Bosley & Jean Bosley
Bern Nadette Stanis & Tom Fauntleroy
Bill Shoemaker & Babs Shoemaker
November 17, 1975 Bert Convy Lee Grant & Joe Feury
Buzz Aldrin & Beverly Van Stile
November 24, 1975 Bert Convy Sheldon Leonard & Frankie Leonard
Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Ginny Newhart
December 1, 1975 Bert Convy Kevin Dobson & Susan Dobson
Joe Hyams & Elke Sommer
William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
December 8, 1975 Bert Convy Bob Barker & Dorothy Jo Barker
Gene Rayburn & Helen Rayburn
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
December 15, 1975 Bert Convy Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
Theresa Merritt & Ben Hines
Gavin MacLeod & Patti Steele
December 22, 1975 Bert Convy
December 29, 1975 Bert Convy Steve Garvey & Cyndy Garvey
Pat Morita & Yuki Morita
Mike Farrell & Judy Farrell
January 5, 1976 Bert Convy Roy Boulting & Hayley Mills
Bob Newhart & Virginia "Ginnie" Newhart
Tony Visconti & Mary Hopkin (Visconti)
January 12, 1976 Bert Convy Redd Foxx & Yui Chi Chung Foxx
Bob McAllister & Peggy McAllister
David Travis & Kathy Garver
January 19, 1976 Bert Convy Dick Van Patten & Pat Van Patten
Dick Clark & Kari Wigton
Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
January 26, 1976 Bert Convy Wink Martindale & Sandy Martindale
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Whitman Mayo & Gail Mayo
February 2, 1976 Bert Convy Bob Newhart & Ginny Newhart
Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
February 9, 1976 Bert Convy Allen Ludden & Betty White
George Hamilton & Alana Stewart
Susan Howard & Calvin Chrane
March 8, 1976 Bert Convy Lorne Greene & Nancy Greene
Arte Johnson & Gisela Johnson
Pat Delaney & Rick Touceda
March 15, 1976 Bert Convy Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Army Archerd & Selma Archerd
Robert Hegyes & Mary Hegyes
March 22, 1976 Bert Convy Meredith MacRae & Greg Mullavey
March 29, 1976 Bert Convy Jayne Meadows & Steve Allen
Tom Poston & Kay Poston
Steve Forrest & Cris Forrest
April 26, 1976 Bert Convy Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
Deborah Raffin & Michael Viner
Eva Gabor & Frank Jameson
May 3, 1976 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Albert Salmi & Roberta Salmi
Adam Wade & Vernee Watson-Johnson
July 12, 1976 Bert Convy Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
Charlie Frank & Susan Blanchard
Larry Haines & Trudy Haines
July 19, 1976 Bert Convy Judy Norton Taylor & Doug Taylor
Don Stewart & Susan Stewart
Bill Cullen & Ann Cullen
August 23, 1976 Bert Convy Michael Nouri & Lynn Goldsmith
Pat Harrington & Marge Harrington
Joyce Brothers & Dr. Milton Brothers

Season 4 Episodes[edit]

Air Date[12] Host[13] Panelists[14]
September 13, 1976 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Millee Taggart & Barry Kurtz
Abe Vigoda & Bea Vigoda
September 27, 1976 Bert Convy Jed Allan & Toby Brown Allan
Martin Milner & Judy Milner
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
October 4, 1976 Bert Convy Jack Albertson & Wallace Albertson
Scoey Mitchell & Claire Mitchell
Johnny Mann & Lynn Mann
October 11, 1976 Bert Convy Bill Anderson & Becky Anderson
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Beth Howland & Harvey Frand
October 18, 1976 Bert Convy Vicki Lawrence & Al Schultz
Roger Newman & Fran Myers
Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara
October 25, 1976 Bert Convy Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
Steve Garvey & Cyndy Garvey
Robert Vaughn & Linda Vaughn
November 1, 1976 Bert Convy Rick Lohman & Lenore Lohman
Peter Graves & Joan Graves
Dan Rowan & Joanna Young
November 9, 1976 Bert Convy Vic Tayback & Sheila Tayback
Zsa Zsa Gabor & Michael O'Hara
Don Sutton & Patti Sutton
November 15, 1976 Bert Convy Bob Barker & Dorothy Barker
Richard Dawson & Jody Donovan
Jack Narz & Doe Narz
November 22, 1976 Bert Convy Ja'net Dubois & William "Mickey" Stevenson
Wink Martindale & Sandy Martindale
Michael Zaslow & Susan Hufford
December 1, 1976 Bert Convy Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Ginny Newhart
Anthony Newley & Dareth Newley
December 7, 1976 Bert Convy Hal Linden & Fran Linden
Bern Nadette Stanis & Tom Fauntleroy
Mickey Manners & Jane Manners
December 14, 1976 Bert Convy Patty Duke Astin & John Astin
Bill Macy & Samantha Harper
Robert Shields & Lorene Yarnell
December 21, 1976 Bert Convy Michael Constantine & Kathleen Constantine
Eva Gabor & Frank Jameson
Scoey Mitchell & Claire Mitchell
December 28, 1976 Bert Convy Vidal Sassoon & Beverly Adams
Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
George Lindsey & Joy Lindsey
January 4, 1977 Bert Convy Army Archerd & Selma Archerd
Darren McGavin & Kathie Browne
Charles Nelson Reilly & Elizabeth Allen
January 11, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Greg Morris & Lee Morris
Anson Williams & Lorrie Mahaffey
January 18, 1977 Bert Convy Buddy Ebsen & Nancy Ebsen
Lee Meriwether & Jim Gruzalski
Mark Shera & Barbara Deutsch
January 25, 1977 Bert Convy Dennis James & Micki James
Brock Peters & Didi Peters
Richard Deacon & Dody Goodman
February 1, 1977 Bert Convy Bill Anderson & Becky Anderson
Mickey Spillane & Sherri Spillane
Allen Ludden & Betty White
February 9, 1977 Bert Convy Dick Gautier & Barbara Stuart
Robert Ginty & Danuta
February 15, 1977 Bert Convy Martin Milner & Judy Milner & Becky Anderson
Barbara Mandrell & Ken Dudney
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
February 22, 1977 Bert Convy Mike Farrell & Judy Farrell
Peter Isackeh & Suzanne Wishner
Adrienne Barbeau & Michael Malone
March 22, 1977 Bert Convy Alex Trebek & Elaine Trebek
John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
March 29, 1977 Bert Convy Redd Foxx & Joi Foxx
Bill Macy & Samantha Harper
Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
April 5, 1977 Bert Convy Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Lorne Greene & Nancy Greene
Ken Gilman & Colette Bablon
April 12, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Douglas & Reiko
Christopher George & Lynda Day George
Vicki Lawrence & Al Schultz
May 3, 1977 Bert Convy Mickey Rooney & Jan Chamberlain
Dabney Coleman & Jean Hale
John McCook & Juliet Prowse
May 10, 1977 Bert Convy Greg Morris & Lee Morris
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
Victor French & Julie Cobb
July 12, 1977 Bert Convy Christopher George & Lynda Day George
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
Phyllis Diller & Murray Matheson
July 20, 1977 Bert Convy Patti Deutsch & Donald Ross
George Savalas & Robin Savalas
Robert Urich & Heather Menzies
July 27, 1977 Bert Convy Robert Culp & Sheila Sullivan
Juliet Mills & Michael Miklenda
July 27, 1977 Bert Convy Gary Collins & Mary Ann Mobley
Bill Cullen & Ann Cullen
Joyce DeWitt & Ray Butenica

Season 5 Episodes[edit]

Air Date[15] Host[16] Panelists[17]
September 6, 1977 Bert Convy Joyce Brothers & Dr. Milton Brothers
Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
Richard Dawson & Jody Donovan
September 13, 1977 Bert Convy John Ritter & Nancy Morgan
Gary Crosby & Barbara Crosby
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
September 19, 1977 Bert Convy Jamie Farr & Joy Farr
Eddie Mekka & Shirley Kirkes
Allen Ludden & Betty White
September 26, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Albertson & Wallace Albertson
Adam Arkin & Catherine Cunningham
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
October 3, 1977 Bert Convy Totie Fields & George Johnston
Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Ginny Newhart
October 10, 1977 Bert Convy Barry Gordon & Lenore Gordon
Peter Isacksen & Kimberly Brent
Mickey Rooney & Jan Chamberlain
October 17, 1977 Bert Convy Joe Hyams & Elke Sommer
David Landsberg & Jean Landsberg
Orson Bean & Carolyn Bean
October 24, 1977 Bert Convy Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Ginny Newhart
Anthony Newley & Dareth Newley
October 31, 1977 Bert Convy Monty Hall & Marilyn Hall
Marcia Wallace & John Liken
Pat Harrington & Marge Harrington
November 7, 1977 Bert Convy Bert Kramer & Mimi Kramer
John McCook & Juliet Prowse
Scoey Mitchell & Claire Mitchell
November 14, 1977 Bert Convy Bob Barker & Dorothy Jo Barker
Pat Cooper & Patti Cooper
William Shatner & Marcy Lafferty
November 21, 1977 Bert Convy Bill Macy & Samantha Harper
John Ritter & Nancy Morgan
Bobby Troup & Julie London
November 28, 1977 Bert Convy Guy Hovis & Ralna English
Richard Deacon & Dody Goodman
Robert Guilliame & Fay Hauser
December 5, 1977 Bert Convy John Astin & Patty Duke Astin
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
Dick Van Patten & Pat Van Patten
December 12, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Albertson & Wallace Albertson
Tommy Lasorda & Jo Lasorda
Robert Urich & Heather Menzies
December 19, 1977 Bert Convy Steve Allen & Jayne Meadows
Hal Linden & Fran Linden
Joey Heatherton & Jerry Fischer
December 26, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Douglas & Reiko
Mickey McMeel & Helaine Lembeck
Dennis Patrick & Barbara Cason
January 2, 1978 Bert Convy Jack Carter & Roxanne Carter
Christopher George & Lynda Day George
Vicki Lawrence & Al Schulz
January 9, 1978 Bert Convy Bill Anderson & Becky Anderson
Patrick Duffy & Carlyn Duffy
Allen Ludden & Betty White
January 16, 1978 Bert Convy Alan Hamel & Suzanne Somers
Gary Burghoff & Janet Burghoff
Don Sutton & Patti Sutton
January 23, 1978 Bert Convy Norman Fell & Karen Fell
Robert Mandan & Sherry Mandan
Robert Shields & Lorene Yarnell
January 30, 1978 Bert Convy Eva Gabor & Frank Jameson
Tommy John & Sally John
Bobby Van & Elaine Joyce
February 6, 1978 Bert Convy Phyllis Diller & Murray Matheson
Charles Nelson Reilly & Elizabeth Allen
Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara
February 13, 1978 Bert Convy Sal Viscuso & Tess Viscuso
Steve Garvey & Cyndi Garvey
Jimmie Walker & Carly Barag
February 20, 1978 Bert Convy Guy Hovis & Ralna English
Lorne Greene & Nancy Greene
Charlie Brill & Mitzi McCall
February 27, 1978 Bert Convy Army Archerd & Selma Archerd
Gary Crosby & Barbara Crosby
March 20, 1978 Bert Convy Dick Martin & Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart & Ginny Newhart
Anthony Newley & Dareth Newley
March 27, 1978 Bert Convy Gavin MacLeod & Patti MacLeod
Greg Mullavey & Meredith MacRae

Pilot[edit]

A pilot was produced in 1972 titled Celebrity Matchmates and was hosted by Gene Rayburn, who at the time was hosting CBS's Amateur's Guide to Love. By the time the show was sold to the network in early 1974, Rayburn was already hosting Match Game (also a Goodson-Todman production). Bert Convy became host of Tattletales, while Rayburn and his wife were frequent guests on the show, and Rayburn filled in as host when Convy and his wife Anne played the game.

Episode status[edit]

Both versions of Tattletales remain intact, but only a portion have been seen on GSN: episodes of the CBS run from 1974–77, selected episodes from the CBS run from 1977–78, and several months of the 1982–84 run. GSN never reran the nighttime syndicated version. Back to back episodes of the 1974-1977 version of Tattletales can currently be seen on Buzzr Wednesday mornings at 7 & 7:30 ET.

Merchandise[edit]

Although there was never a home game released to the public, Hasbro[18] however did promote a home version of the show in their 1978 catalogue that was sent to retail stores nationwide, but was later scrapped when the show was cancelled in the same year.

International versions[edit]

An Australian version of Tattletales aired on the Seven Network as Celebrity Tattle Tales, hosted by Ugly Dave Gray for a brief time from 1979–80, and was produced by Reg Grundy. The show was cancelled just after being on the air for three months.[19]

A Brazilian version of Tattletales ran on SBT from 1975–86 under the name Ela Disse, Ele Disse ("She said, He said") hosted by Silvio Santos.

In popular culture[edit]

Tattletales was satirized in a first season episode of SCTV as 'Celebrity Tattletales', with Prince Phillip (Joe Flaherty) and Queen Elizabeth (Catherine O'Hara) being asked questions by Bert Convy (Eugene Levy) about their personal lives.

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