Password (1962)

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Premiere January 2, 1962
Finale May 22, 1967
Creator Bob Stewart
Mark Goodson
Bill Todman
Host Allen Ludden
Network CBS
Style 30-minute game show
Company CBS Television,
Goodson-Todman Productions
(Peak Productions)
Episodes 201
Origin USA

Password is a game show that aired on CBS. It was the second version of Password, and ran in the nighttime at the same time the original version ran in the daytime.

Two teams, each made up of a celebrity and a civilian, compete. One member of the team is shown a "password," which is shown to the home audience. The team member must give a one-word clue to his/her partner in an attempt to say the password. The point value starts at 10, then each time the word is not guessed, the turn goes to the opposing team and the point value is reduced by a point. The team correctly guessing the word scores the points.

The team scoring 25 points wins the game, $250 for the civilian player, and plays the Lightning Round. The celebrity has 60 seconds to convey five passwords to his/her partner with each correct guess worth $50.

Contestants change partners for game two. On the nighttime show, contestants continue to play for the entire show.


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One January 2, 1962 December 30, 1962 49
Season Two January 6, 1963 December 26, 1963 51
Season Three January 2, 1964 December 31, 1964 49
Season Four January 7, 1965 September 9, 1965 34
Season Five December 25, 1966 May 22, 1967 16


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Episode Collections - Various Series
The Best of Password December 2, 2008 4