To Tell the Truth (1956)
Three challengers (known on the show as "team of imposters") are presented, all claiming to be a particular person, and host Bud Collyer reads an affidavit about something notable about him/her. After being seated, the panel, in turn asks questions to any of the challengers. After all four panelists have made their inquiries, they now vote on who the real namesake is. After voting, Bud utters the famous phrase "Will the real (name of person) please stand up?" Usually as a fake out, one of the team members will start to stand until the real person actually does. The team receives $100 for every wrong vote, and $1000 if the panel is stumped completely.
If a panelist thinks he may have some connection to the team of challengers (tangible connection or not), he/she may disqualify him/herself. This counts as an incorrect vote.
A daytime edition of To Tell The Truth was started on CBS on June 18, 1962. It aired till September 6, 1968. Late in the daytime run, the audience was allowed to vote for who they thought was the real person. Cash prizes were $50 for incorrect votes and $500 for stumping the panel.
A year after being canceled by CBS, To Tell The Truth returned in syndication as a five-day-a-week strip with Garry Moore as host. CBS regular panelists Tom Poston, Peggy Cass, Orson Bean and Kitty Carlisle all returned as well as Bill Cullen as a semi-regular. In 1977, Joe Garagiola replaced Garry Moore as host, and then the show was canceled in 1978. It returned in 1980 with Robin Ward as host, running one season. NBC revived it in 1990 with three hosts during its nine-month run--Gordon Elliot, Lynn Swann, and Alex Trebek. The show had a fifth incarnation in 2000 in a syndicated edition hosted by John O'Hurley. It ran a year-and-a-half. A sixth edition started airing in 2016.
The show's name in development was Three Of A Kind. It piloted as Nothing But The Truth but it was changed to keep from conflicting with a movie under the same title. The pilot had the panel (Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Patty Leidy, Dick Van Dyke; the host was Mike Wallace) given seven minutes to question the challengers with each panelist given 30 seconds. After the panel casts their votes, the audience made their selection on electronic devices at their seats (which would be repurposed later in the CBS run). The highest vote total counted for that challenger. Each incorrect vote was worth $100, and if at anytime the real person among the challengers is found to be lying, his/her cash award would be forfeited. People Are Funny host Art Linkletter attempted to sue Goodson-Todman for plagiarism as it was similar to "Lie Detector," a feature of Linkletter's show.
|Season One||December 18, 1956||August 27, 1957||36 + 1|
|Season Two||September 3, 1957||August 26, 1958||49|
|Season Three||September 2, 1958||August 25, 1959||50|
|Season Four||September 1, 1959||August 25, 1960||48|
|Season Five||September 1, 1960||August 28, 1961||44|
|Season Six||September 11, 1961||July 2, 1962||42|
|Season Seven||September 10, 1962||July 22, 1963||43|
|Season Eight||September 9, 1963||August 31, 1964||45|
|Season Nine||September 14, 1964||July 19, 1965||43|
|Season Ten||September 20, 1965||June 27, 1966||36|
|Season Eleven||September 11, 1966||May 22, 1967||21|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series