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Tattletales
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Tattletales Panel Productions
Aired
CBS Daytime, Monday, February 18, 1974 – March 31, 1978
Syndicated September 12, 1977 – September 1978
CBS Daytime, January 18, 1982 – June 1, 1984
Run time
30 Minutes
Host
Bert Convy
Announcers
Jack Clark
John Harlan
Gene Wood
Johnny Olson
Origination
Studio 31, CBS Television City, Los Angeles, California

Tattletales was the game of celebrity gossip. The show itself is a reboot of the short-lived 1969-70 syndicated game show He Said, She Said.

Game formatEdit

The game was played in two halves: in each half, one half of the couples (all of the same sex) wore headphones and sat in an enclosed room on the left of the set and were being viewed by television monitors while the other half sat behind the playing desk in front of the audience. The show went through two formats.

1st FormatEdit

Bert read a question to the spouses sitting at the desk. A spouse would then buzz-in to answer that question and give a one-word or two-word clue to the answer that he/she thought the mate would recognize. The isolated mates' monitors would then be turned on and Bert would then repeat the question followed by the clue. The mate would then buzz-in (using a buzzer of his/her own) if he/she thought his/her spouse gave that clue and gave his/her answer. If it matched the spouse's answer, the couple won money for their rooting section according to how long the clue is (one-word clue $100, two-word clue $50). Two questions of that type were asked.

After those two questions, Bert then read a mini multiple choice question called the "Tattletale Quickie". Each spouse in turn answered the question. Then after each spouse gave an answer, the isolated mates gave their own answers and if they matched, they won $100 for their rooting section.

2nd FormatEdit

Later in the run, the format was changed to have all "Tattletale Quickies" for the entire show. Because of the new format, they didn't need to call them "Tattletale Quickies" anymore. Also the scoring format changed; each question had a pot of $150 with the money split between two or all three couples if they get it right. If all three match they score $50, if two of the couples matched they score $75, but if only one couple matched that couple won the entire pot. If no couple made a match, the money was carried over into the next question. Four questions (sometimes more in case of extra time) were asked with the roles reversed after the first two, and the final question was worth double or $300 to the only couple who matched, $150 for two couples, and $100 for all three.

Money for Rooting SectionsEdit

In all versions, all three "rooting sections" (one-third of the studio audience, divided into the colors of red, yellow (sometimes nicknamed "banana"), and blue) divided the money their respective couples won for them. The couple with the most money at the end of the show won the game, earning their rooting section a bonus of $1,000. If the game ended in a tie between two or among all three couples, the bonus was split ($500 for two rooting sections, $334 for all three).

Cash prizes on game shows are typically awarded to contestants in the form of a check, mailed weeks after a show has been taped. Because of the impracticality (e.g., postal costs) of doing this for an entire studio audience, Tattletales kept a check-cutting machine in the studio and distributed the money to the audience members on their way out immediately after the show.

PersonnelEdit

TriviaEdit

This was Bert Convy's first permanent job as game show host.

International VersionsEdit

Main Article: Tattletales/International

MerchandiseEdit

In 1978, Hasbro was originally going to release a board game based on Tattletales, but somehow they reconsidered it when the show got cancelled in the same year.

PhotosEdit

Press PicsEdit

Press AdsEdit

TicketsEdit

ScreengrabsEdit

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BumperEdit

Ticket PlugEdit

In Popular CultureEdit

Tattletales has been referenced, mentioned or spoofed in the following:

  • SCTV as Celebrity Tattletales.
Celebrity Tattletales01:31

Celebrity Tattletales

Episode StatusEdit

See Also: Tattletales/Episode Guide

This series exists in its entirety, and has aired on GSN and Buzzr at various times in the past. However, they never reran the syndication version at all.

VideoEdit

Tattletales 1974 CBS Debut21:35

Tattletales 1974 CBS Debut

Tattletales ticket plug, 197400:19

Tattletales ticket plug, 1974

Tattletales - 197621:57

Tattletales - 1976

2 Tattletales28:46

2 Tattletales

Tattletales (1982)20:48

Tattletales (1982)

1982 Tattletales Howie Mandel Sneak Peek02:08

1982 Tattletales Howie Mandel Sneak Peek

Tattletales October 28, 198221:21

Tattletales October 28, 1982

Tattletales - 1983 (Sheila Vic vs Nancy Michael J21:39

Tattletales - 1983 (Sheila Vic vs Nancy Michael J. Fox vs Marie Shecky)

GSN Promo Tattletales Ruining Marriages Since 197400:31

GSN Promo Tattletales Ruining Marriages Since 1974


























See AlsoEdit

He Said, She Said
Celebrity Match Mates (1972 proposed pilot)

LinksEdit

Tattletales description by Game Show Network (via Internet Archive)
Tattletales @ Bert Convy.net (via Internet Archive)
Bert Convy and Tattletales

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