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Premiere December 29, 1986
Finale September 4, 1987
Network NBC
Style 30-minute game show comedy
Company Fiedler-Berlin
Mick Kennedy TV
Rick Ambrose Prods.
Scotti Brothers Prod.
Syd Vinneage Prods.
Seasons 1
Episodes 180
Origin USA

Wordplay was a game show airing daytime on NBC.

Two contestants scored money by selecting odd words from a board of nine words, and guessed which of a panel of three celebrities was giving the correct definition. Cash prizes were determined by how three words were connected with each other. A bonus word won a contestant a trip, theirs to keep regardless of the game's outcome.

The winner played a bonus game and had 45 seconds to identify words from two definitions for each word, making a left-to-right connection. Each word is worth $100; a block goes up for an incorrect guess. Making a connection successfully wins the jackpot starting at $5000 and progressing $2500 each time it is not won.

The basic idea of defining words goes back to the 1965 game show Call My Bluff.


Person Role Duration
Main Cast
Tom Kennedy Host 1
Charlie O'Donnell Annoucer 1