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 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|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|Episode Collections - Various Series|
|The Best of Password||December 2, 2008||4||