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 (1974-1983)
Paul Alter (1983-1984)
Producer(s) Paul Alter (1974-1983)
Mimi O' Brien (1983-1984)
Robert Sherman (1983-1984)
Running time approx. 22–26 minutes
Production company(s) Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions (1974–78, 1982–84)
Mark Goodson Productions (1984)
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..." or "A story involving..." 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.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

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

Season 2[edit]

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

Season 3[edit]

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

Season 4[edit]

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

Season 5[edit]

Air Date[3] Host[3] Panelists[3]
September 6, 1977 Bert Convy Joyce Brothers and Dr. Milton Brothers
Gary Burghoff and Janet Burghoff
Richard Dawson and Jody Donovan
September 13, 1977 Bert Convy John Ritter and Nancy Morgan
Gary Crosby and Barbara Crosby
Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall
September 19, 1977 Bert Convy Jamie Farr and Joy Farr
Eddie Mekka and Shirley Kirkes
Allen Ludden and Betty White
September 26, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Albertson and Wallace Albertson
Adam Arkin and Catherine Cunningham
Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce
October 3, 1977 Bert Convy Totie Fields and George Johnston
Dick Martin and Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart and Ginny Newhart
October 10, 1977 Bert Convy Barry Gordon and Lenore Gordon
Peter Isacksen and Kimberly Brent
Mickey Rooney and Jan Chamberlain
October 17, 1977 Bert Convy Joe Hyams and Elke Sommer
David Landsberg and Jean Landsberg
Orson Bean and Carolyn Bean
October 24, 1977 Bert Convy Dick Martin and Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart and Ginny Newhart
Anthony Newley and Dareth Newley
October 31, 1977 Bert Convy Monty Hall and Marilyn Hall
Marcia Wallace and John Liken
Pat Harrington and Marge Harrington
November 7, 1977 Bert Convy Bert Kramer and Mimi Kramer
John McCook and Juliet Prowse
Scoey Mitchell and Claire Mitchell
November 14, 1977 Bert Convy Bob Barker and Dorothy Jo Barker
Pat Cooper and Patti Cooper
William Shatner and Marcy Lafferty
November 21, 1977 Bert Convy Bill Macy and Samantha Harper
John Ritter and Nancy Morgan
Bobby Troup and Julie London
November 28, 1977 Bert Convy Guy Hovis and Ralna English
Richard Deacon and Dody Goodman
Robert Guilliame and Fay Hauser
December 5, 1977 Bert Convy John Astin and Patty Duke Astin
Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall
Dick Van Patten and Pat Van Patten
December 12, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Albertson and Wallace Albertson
Tommy Lasorda and Jo Lasorda
Robert Urich and Heather Menzies
December 19, 1977 Bert Convy Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows
Hal Linden and Fran Linden
Joey Heatherton and Jerry Fischer
December 26, 1977 Bert Convy Jack Douglas and Reiko
Mickey McMeel and Helaine Lembeck
Dennis Patrick and Barbara Cason
January 2, 1978 Bert Convy Jack Carter and Roxanne Carter
Christopher George and Lynda Day George
Vicki Lawrence and Al Schulz
January 9, 1978 Bert Convy Bill Anderson and Becky Anderson
Patrick Duffy and Carlyn Duffy
Allen Ludden and Betty White
January 16, 1978 Bert Convy Alan Hamel and Suzanne Somers
Gary Burghoff and Janet Burghoff
Don Sutton and Patti Sutton
January 23, 1978 Bert Convy Norman Fell and Karen Fell
Robert Mandan and Sherry Mandan
Robert Shields and Lorene Yarnell
January 30, 1978 Bert Convy Eva Gabor and Frank Jameson
Tommy John and Sally John
Bobby Van and Elaine Joyce
February 6, 1978 Bert Convy Phyllis Diller and Murray Matheson
Charles Nelson Reilly and Elizabeth Allen
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara
February 13, 1978 Bert Convy Sal Viscuso and Tess Viscuso
Steve Garvey and Cyndi Garvey
Jimmie Walker and Carly Barag
February 20, 1978 Bert Convy Guy Hovis and Ralna English
Lorne Greene and Nancy Greene
Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall
February 27, 1978 Bert Convy Army Archerd and Selma Archerd
Gary Crosby and Barbara Crosby
March 20, 1978 Bert Convy Dick Martin and Dolly Martin
Bob Newhart and Ginny Newhart
Anthony Newley and Dareth Newley
March 27, 1978 Bert Convy Gavin MacLeod and Patti MacLeod
Greg Mullavey and 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[4] 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.[5]

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.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.americanradiohistory.com/Broadcasting_Individual_Issues_Guide.htm (02-21-1977 issue)
  2. ^ "Shows–CBS Television City". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Tattletales". TV.com. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  4. ^ Ottinger, Matt. "The Game Show Home Game Home Page". Retrieved 25 October 2016. 
  5. ^ "Celebrity Tattle Tales". 1 March 1980. Retrieved 25 October 2016 – via IMDb.