NBC Daytime, Monday, September 24, 1984 – Friday, March 24, 1989
Run time
30 Minutes
Bert Convy
Rich Jefferies
Gene Wood
NBC Studio 3, Burbank, California

This is chronicling the Super Password era.  

Game formatEdit

In the main game, contestants & celebrities solved puzzles with five clues each. They earned a chance to solve the puzzle by playing Password, and the passwords were the clues to the puzzles.

Starting in 1986, the famous phrase "The password is..." was reinstated (it was lifted at the start of the All-Stars version). It also revived the "last chance to guess" rule whenever a guesser gave a form of the word.

A password was given to the clue givers, and they each had two chances to get their partners to say the word. Each time the guesser said the password, the password became a clue and it appeared on a puzzle board; plus the guesser had a chance to solve the puzzle. If the password was given away by the clue giver, the right to solve the puzzle automatically went to the opposing guesser. Failure to solve the puzzle meant that another password/clue was played. If the guesser failed to solve the puzzle after five clues, the clue giver was given a chance to solve the puzzle. If he/she failed, the opposing team had a chance to solve it. If the puzzle was missed entirely, another puzzle was played for the same amount. The first team to solve the puzzle won money.

Each puzzle was worth $100 more than the previous, starting with $100, and ending with $400. After the second puzzle (the $200 puzzle) the team that solved that puzzle won the right to play the CA$HWORD game. This was where the celebrity gave up to three clues, trying to get the contestant to say the CA$HWORD. Correctly guessing the CA$HWORD won a cash jackpot which started at $1,000 and grew by that amount until won, with the highest being $12,000. If the celebrity gives an illegal clue, CA$HWORD automatically ends. The contestants then switched celebrity partners. The first team to reach $500 or more won the game.

The Super Password End GameEdit

In the End Game in Super Password, the winning contestant was shown 10 letters which were all initials to 10 passwords and in alphabetical order. The celebrity's job was to give a series of one word clues to the contestant, and if the contestant guessed the word, he/she won $100 and advanced to the next word beginning with the next letter. If the contestant can't guess the word, the celebrity can pass that word and may return to it with time left. Getting all ten words in 60 seconds or less won the jackpot which started at $5,000 and grew by that amount every time it was not won, and illegal clues forfeited the chance at the jackpot. There was no max jackpot in this version, the highest of which was $55,000 (won twice; however, the latter winner did not receive his winnings after it was discovered he was wanted for insurance fraud); also won on three occasions was $50,000, the second highest jackpot. In all instances, the words were seen on a small TV monitor located near the contestant's head but was only visible to the celebrity. Winning players stayed on the show till they won five games in a row.



At one time, a con artist named Kerry Ketchum appeared on the show under an alias (Patrick Quinn). He won $55,000 from the End Game during his appearance. He was disqualified when an Alaskan viewer recognized him and he was consequently arrested.


Computer GamesEdit

Gametek (1988)Edit

A version of Super Password was released for the DOS, Apple II and Commodore 64 in 1988.

Handheld GameEdit

Tiger Electronics (2000)Edit

An electronic handheld version of Super Password was released. (NOTE: when starting the game, it plays a snippet of the original 1961-67 theme song instead of the 1984-89 theme song.)

Online GameEdit

GSN/Game Show NetworkEdit

An online interactive version of Super Password where you were allowed to play along with the show through their website was released by them at one time.

Unreleased GamesEdit

Gametek (1980s)Edit

Gametek was going to release two ports of Super Password (in both its "Regular" and "Talking" editions) for the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) in the 80s. However, both versions were later scrapped.




Funny MomentsEdit



Real & Fake Ticket PlugsEdit


Episode StatusEdit

See Also: Super Password/Episode Guide

This series exists in its entirety, has aired on GSN at various times, and currently airs on Buzzr.


Super Password (12 10 84)21:10

Super Password (12 10 84)

Super Password - June 14, 198820:39

Super Password - June 14, 1988

Super Password - Outtakes01:32

Super Password - Outtakes

Super Password - More Outtakes03:21

Super Password - More Outtakes

Super Password Long Credit Roll - November 198401:31

Super Password Long Credit Roll - November 1984

Super Password Promo (1985)-000:31

Super Password Promo (1985)-0

Super Password promo, 1985-000:11

Super Password promo, 1985-0

Super Password March 24, 1989 Final Closing02:33

Super Password March 24, 1989 Final Closing

Super Password Bonus Round Contestant Plug and Prop Used04:52

Super Password Bonus Round Contestant Plug and Prop Used

Password Plus and Super Password GSN promo from 200100:21

Password Plus and Super Password GSN promo from 2001

See AlsoEdit

Password (1961)
Password (1971)
Password Plus
Password (1997 proposed revival)
Million Dollar Password


Super Password @ Game Show Galaxy (via Internet Archive)
Super Password @ Jay Anton
Super Password @ Bert (via Internet Archive)
A Blog about Super Password @ Best of the 80s

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