Word for Word

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Word for Word
Premiere September 30, 1963
Finale October 23, 1964
Creator Merv Griffin
Host Merv Griffin
Network/Provider NBC
Style 25-minute game show
Company Merv Griffin Productions (Milbarn Productions)
Seasons 1
Episodes 250
Origin US

Word for Word was a game show airing on NBC daytime. It was the first game show created and produced by Merv Griffin.

Two contestants competed turn by turn in creating smaller words out of a big word. The big word is displayed to the home and studio audience while the words the contestants would write down on a slate (they must pronounce and spell it as well) are superimposed in back of them for television. The words had to be at least three letters in length, no proper names, hyphenated or foreign words. Players received two points for each acceptable word created. A contestant creating a pre-designated word receives ten bonus points.

The high scorer after two rounds wins the game and $100. He/she now plays a bonus game with the points converted into seconds of time. In that time frame, the player must unscramble five scrambled words with a prize awarded for each word.


Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Merv Griffin Host 1
Frank Simms Announcer 1
Bill McCord 1
Bill Wendell Announcer 1
Substitute host 1

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DVD Releases

There has not been a DVD release for this show.