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->''From Hollywood, the word game of the stars, '''Password'''!''

GameShow created by BobStewart for Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions in 1961, after the company searched for parlor games that could be played for modest stakes in the wake of the quiz show scandals. Stewart suggested a game whose players asked themselves a simple question: "How well can I communicate with just one word?"

''Password'' debuted in October 1961 on Creator/{{CBS}} as the first game to have celebrity guests as teammates for civilian contestants, which was a big freaking deal at the time. Allen Ludden left ''G.E. College Bowl'' to moderate ''Password'' (Robert Earle replaced him on the former), which ran until 1967 on CBS daytime and primetime. Frequent guests included the stars of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.

Ludden returned as host of Creator/{{ABC}}'s 1971-75 {{revival}}, which went through two {{theme tune}}s and two sets. The changes were made for ''Password All-Stars'' (November 1974 to February 1975), after which members of the public were once again allowed to compete.

Two more daytime revivals appeared on Creator/{{NBC}} ''Password Plus'' from 1979-82, and ''Super Password'' from 1984-89. Both used Password Puzzles, wherein each round consisted of five passwords that described another person, place, or thing; for instance, "Wiki", "Lampshade", "Hanging", "Topics", and "{{Egregious}}" might be used to describe TVTropes. These versions also featured a BonusRound ("Alphabetics" on ''Plus'', "Super Password" on ''Super'') where the celebrity had to describe ten passwords, beginning with consecutive letters of the alphabet, within 60 seconds for a bonus of at least $5,000.

In June 2008, CBS debuted ''Million-Dollar Password'' for a brief primetime run on Sunday evenings with Regis Philbin as host. CBS then ordered a second set of episodes, which began airing in January 2009. The show was canned after 12 episodes because, despite winning its timeslot more often than not, it wasn't drawing the demographics the network wanted.

Normally that would be the end, but then a funny thing happened on January 18, 2011: it returned, boiled down to a simpler version of its later-era ''CBS'' style, hosted by Steve Higgins on NBC. The game now has words beginning at six points and no Lightning Round, and there's no stated prizes, but everyone has fun and damn if it isn't good. The new ''Password'' opened on a high note, with its first celebs being Creator/BettyWhite and Creator/JimmyFallon.

Sadly, it isn't a regular series but an occasional game on Fallon's ''LateNight''. Still, despite what feelings anybody may have about him, he's pretty much the only thing keeping ''Password'' alive in America. (He's also pretty much the guy keeping ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' alive, too, come to think of it.)
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!!GameShowTropes in use:
* BonusRound: Lightning Round (the TropeMaker) on ''CBS''/''ABC'', 20:20 Password on ''All-Stars'', Alphabetics/Super Password (same game) on ''Plus'' and ''Super'' respectively, and Million-Dollar Password on ''Million-Dollar''.
* BonusSpace: To an extent, the Cashword on ''Super'', which was played in every game after the second puzzle for $1,000 plus $1,000 each game until claimed.
* CelebrityEdition: While many all-celebrity weeks were done over the years (none on ''Million-Dollar'') and ''All-Stars'' was built on this trope, there was a '''massive''' influx of them in 1974 during what can only be described as an immense pre-''All Stars'' gimmickfest.
* GameShowAppearance:
** A famous 1972 episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' featured Felix and Oscar on a New York-based version of ''ABC'', with the duo {{Lampshading}} the obvious difference in sets. Allen Ludden and Creator/BettyWhite, naturally, played themselves.
** ''Late Night'', as mentioned above, keeps the American franchise going in an odd sort of way.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Jack Clark announced on ''CBS'', and John Harlan filled these duties on ''ABC''/''All-Stars''. Gene Wood announced most of ''Plus'' with occasional substitutes. Rich Jefferies announced the first few weeks of ''Super'' until Gene took over on that show as well (Jefferies moved to helping Gene as an audience warm-up).
** GameShowHost: Allen Ludden was the first and most popular, holding the position from 1961-80. BillCullen filled in for four weeks in 1980, and Tom Kennedy hosted from late 1980 to 1982. Bert Convy hosted ''Super'', and Regis Philbin hosted ''Million-Dollar''.
** StudioAudience
** Creator/BettyWhite: Frequently appeared on both ''Plus'' and ''Super''; she and Ludden were married from 1963 until his death in 1981.
* ShowTheFolksAtHome: "The Password is..."
* WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: ''Million-Dollar'', natch, with the Money Ladder and the overall rapid-fire restructuring of the main game. (And, of course, Regis.)
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AscendedExtra: Tom Kennedy on ''Plus'', having been a celebrity partner before becoming host. Similarly, Bert Convy was a partner on ''Plus'' before hosting ''Super''. Regis has appeared as a celebrity partner in ''Plus'' before hosting ''Million Dollar'' thirty years later.
* BerserkButton: If anyone used a sound-alike rhyming word as a clue in the original version, Allen would lightly scold them, saying that while such words ''are'' legal to use, in his opinion they go against the spirit of the game and hence discourages their use. By ''Plus'', such words were regularly used without comment from Allen.
* CatchPhrase:
** "The password is...", whispered by TheAnnouncer on all versions except ''All-Stars'' (and the following ''ABC'' revamp), ''Plus'', and ''Million-Dollar''.
** "Hey, doll..." was Allen's greeting to Creator/BettyWhite's mother Tess at the beginning of nearly every show. Tess appeared on ''ABC'' as a celebrity challenger during the aforementioned gimmickfest (week of September 23-27, 1974).
** "Next word, (IF you) please," regularly used by Bert Convy on ''Super''.
* CrossOver: On an episode of ''IveGotASecret'', the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson introduced "the great new CBS series ''Password''" by playing a few rounds. All four of them (as well as ''Secret'' host Garry Moore) would ultimately wind up appearing on the actual show in individual episodes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Several.
** Jack Clark occasionally filled-in for Allen on ''CBS''.
** For three weeks in 1974 (July 1526 and September 2327) during ''ABC''[='s=] gimmickfest, Allen played as a celebrity guest while [[LetsMakeADeal Monty Hall]] guest-hosted.
** Allen then played as a celebrity guest shortly after ''All-Stars'' ended (March 24-28, 1975), with Betty White guest-hosting.
** Tom Kennedy once played as a celebrity partner on ''Plus'' in March 1982, with his brother [[{{Concentration}} Jack]] [[NowYouSeeIt Narz]] hosting. It was the last time most of the country saw Narz hosting a game show; viewers of KDOC in Anaheim, California got to see him host the NoBudget ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv8CrRt4_Yk You've Got To Be Kidding]]'' in late 1987.
* DownerEnding:
** On an episode of ''Super'', Dick Gautier and his teammate blazed through the first nine words of the endgame, but then Dick accidentally blurted out the answer to the last word, costing her $10,000.
*** It more or less happened again on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4vyU8qTMIY this one with Michael Dorn (skip to 11:45)]]. He didn't give it away but even with 26 seconds, his partner missed that last word.
** On another ''Super'' episode, Roz Ryan and her teammate got past the first nine words before giving the illegal clue, "Ha ha" for "Joke", on the tenth. After guessing the word, the pair began celebrating until the judge informed them that "Ha ha" is two words which meant they lost.
** On yet another episode of ''Super'', Richard Simmons attempted to cut himself off while giving an illegal clue on the final word of the endgame, originally resulting in a $15,000 win. After checking the tape, the judges confirmed he did not stop himself in time and the endgame was declared a loss.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the first few weeks of ''Plus'', some elements of the set were different. Most notably, the Alphabetics board was suspended by wires, instead of hidden in a cabinet.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Most episodes, when Ludden hosted, ended with him giving a "Password of the day" and usually ending it with the words "Think about it."
* {{Expy}}: ''Series/YouDontSay'', a word-association game which debuted in 1963, began with a virtually-identical set but moved the host's podium from the center to the far left in 1964 or '65.
** Also, ''The Object Is,'' a short-lived 1963 ABC game show (the first hosted by Dick Clark) which was a curious hybird of ''Password'' and ''You Don't Say''.
** More blatant is Goodson-Todman's ''SnapJudgment'' (one of the only Goodson-Todman games that has been entirely wiped), which debuted on April 11, 1967. For most of its run, ''Snap'' was a contrived word-association game of its own, but for the last three months (December 23, 1968 to March 28, 1969) it was {{Re Tool}}ed as a 100% clone of original-recipe ''Password''...complete with the same exact desk.
** NBC's most recent prime time game show, ''Hollywood Game Night,'' has a segment called "Take A Hint," in which the three celebrity players on each side each give one-word clues to their civilian partner for him/her to identify words.
* GrandFinale: The last episode of ''ABC'' in 1975 featured a final game played by four Goodson-Todman staffers. Neither team got to the normal format's 50-point goal.
** The last episode of ''Super'' in 1989 featured the infamous "Magic Toaster II" incident described at the FunnyMoments page. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CrnK8dJfZw Here's the first part of the episode, from its original broadcast.]]
* HalloweenEpisode: For one Halloween Week on ''Super'', Bert had two bags one orange marked "Treats", one black marked "Tricks". For each puzzle, the winning contestant would pick a prize at random from the "Treat" bag (toys and little gifts such as magnetic balls) and the loser a prize from the "Trick" bag (things like a random piece of wood or assorted pocket lint).
* InAndOutOfCharacter: Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence were the celebs for one early week on ''Plus''. At one point, Allen suggested they come back at a later date as their characters Eunice and Mama. They did just that a few weeks later, playing in character against [=McLean=] Stevenson and Joanna Gleason's ''HelloLarry'' characters Larry and Morgan.
* InSeriesNickname: The device concealing the [=Ca$hword=] check on ''Super'' was called the Magic Toaster.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Several.
** December 23, 1980: It took nearly five minutes to get ''Plus'' back on track after Tom Kennedy cracked up over [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlOkZCms-w Dick Martin's reaction]] to giving "France" as a clue for "French". In 2008, Kennedy donated a copy of the unedited master tape to the Television Production Music Museum, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee2fFYGq7lY and]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDLZG9Wl_BQ it]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejQa0W8TzxA quickly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxauU04KM3Y spread]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzRnANsTiJ4 to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8T3qstZ6ak YouTube.]]
** January 1982: During one puzzle, the word "Hairy" was ruled unacceptable for the password "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Rlrx-AQbQ Harry]]". Marcia Wallace contested this (since homophones of words are accepted), so the next day Tom hauled out a chalkboard and gave everyone a phonics lesson.
*** Bert had to haul out that chalkboard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nPjTP_2kwk as well at least once, over gerund/guarant (skip to 3:00)]].
* LiteralMinded: Following a celebrity accidentally giving the Cashword as a clue on ''Super'', Bert asked the producer what they did in that situation. Upon being told to "throw it out", he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nv8UMIWmPE#t=3m21s picked up the Magic Toaster and threw it behind him]], asking what to do next as he did so. The Toaster broke as it hit the floor. Cue an OhCrap look on Bert's face when the celebrity informed him that he broke the Toaster.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Not the show itself, but the [=Ca$hword=] round on ''Super''.
** ''Password Plus +'' if you count the + in the logo and all over the set.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: While the main-game passwords on ''Plus'' and ''Super'' were sometimes a bit tough, they paled in comparison to the [=Ca$hword=]. Some of these words were nothing short of impossible to convey using just one-word clues, even given ''three'' chances. (Prime example: "Backgammon".)
** Three clues: Dice; Checkers; fronT? (read that last clue with a rising tone, as to convey an opposite).
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: A winner on ''Super'' walked away with $58,600 (including a record-setting $55,000 jackpot in the BonusRound)...but it was later revealed that he was a convict who had entered the show with a pseudonym. More info [[http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-01-16/news/0010150272_1_super-password-ketchem-patrick-quinn here.]]
* NintendoHard: The time limits and/or word difficulty on ''Million-Dollar'', coupled with the inane "clue-response-clue" rule (see below) and forcing each half-hour to be self-contained, meant there was no way anybody was going to win the Million. Also, the Ca$hword in ''Plus'' tended to be towards this.
* ObviousRulePatch: Several.
** ''CBS'' went from one pair of contestants playing only one round, to the same pair playing two rounds after switching partners, to the whole half-hour featuring just those two players switching partners after every round.
** ''ABC'' introduced the play-or-pass option of passing the first opportunity to give a clue to the other team if the player felt the word needed a minimum of two clues to be guessed (as can be seen in the ''Odd Couple'' episode).
** For the first few weeks of ''Plus'', Allen went out of his way to remind everyone that although the clues still had to be one non-hyphenated word, the passwords themselves could now be two words like "New York" or "Twenty-Four".
*** On April 23, 1979, ''Plus'' made antonyms illegal clues. Sure, some words are very hard to convey using one-word clues that ''aren't'' the opposite, but making antonyms illegal meant that brains were exercised by requiring more thought to convey words (much later, on ''Million-Dollar'', contestants kept passing on words that didn't have a clear opposite).
*** Similarly, ''Plus'' changed its Alphabetics jackpot in 1981 to increase by $5,000 until claimed, with illegal clues deducting $1,000 (later 20% of the current total being played for).
** ''Super'' reversed the ''Plus'' antonym rule (making them legal again), the BonusRound rules (once again denying the ability to gain the jackpot if an illegal clue was given), and removed the play-or-pass option.
* OffTheRails: The "testimony" incident.
* OhCrap: Bert's reaction to blurting out the password, which he did quite often. He gets a particularly good moment [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-51t1-EBoQ here.]]
* OpeningNarration: Several over the course of the run. The 1971-1974 version, as done by John Harlan, is quoted at the top of the page.
** Ludden credited long time ''{{Password}}'' player Carol Burnett with coming up with the narration "It's more than just ''{{Password}}''...it's ''[[LuckyCharmsTitle Password Plus]]''!" Ater a while, "It's more than just ''Password''" was dropped.
** ''Super'' shortened it to "It's ''Password''... It's ''Super Password''!"
* [[TitleDrop Opening Narration Drop]]: As seen in one of the early GSN ads for ''Plus'', while talking with Allan, DavidLetterman slips in the Opening Narration while Allan discribes the new gameplay.
-->'''David Letterman''' "Well, (of course), it's more than just ''Password''...
-->'''Allan Ludden''' "It's ''Password Plus''!"
-->'''David Letterman''' "Well...yeah..."
* PressXToDie: Anyone who ever gave the password as a clue, which may or may not be justified as a case of IgnoreTheDisability, as the word is right in front of them. Probably the same reason that Bert Convy himself did it more than once.
* ProgressiveJackpot: On ''Password Plus'' and ''Super Password'':
** On ''Plus'', late in the series' run, a rolling jackpot was added to the bonus round (then called "Alphabetics"), starting at $5,000 and increasing by $5,000 per playing until won. While the cap was $50,000, the highest it ever got was $35,000.
** On ''Super'', the accruing jackpot was returned; the highest it reached was $55,000. In addition, a new mini-game called "Ca$hword" was added early in the run; a contestant who won the second puzzle was given a chance to guess a difficult password (using a maximum of three clues) for a cash bonus of $1,000 plus $1,000 for each show unclaimed. The top amount the "Ca$hword" reached was $17,000.
* RealLifeRelative: On the original Creator/LucilleBall & Garry Morton (and in one instance joined by Lucy's kids), Jimmy & Gloria Stewart, Steve & Carol Lawrence, Jayne Meadows & Steve Allen, Jack & Joan Benny; On ''Plus'', John and Patty Duke Astin. And, of course ... Betty White & Allen Ludden.
** On ''Super'', Mary Ann Mobley & Garry Collins.
* ReplacedTheThemeTune: The ABC version changed its set and theme tune for the transition to ''Password All-Stars''. Robert Israel's synthesized theme was replaced by Bob Cobert's "Bicentennial Funk".
** In 1963, the first theme--Kurt Rehfeld's ''Holiday Jaunt''--was replaced with a Bob Cobert composition many believe to be called "You Have the Password."
* RunningGag: It was common on ''Super'' for someone to throw a roll of tape at Bert if they thought he was on the verge of blurting out the answer.
** Also on ''Super'', if neither Bert nor the teams knew the answer to a puzzle, Bert would sometimes ask announcer Gene Wood whether he knew, to which Gene would always cheerfuly respond, "[[FeigningIntelligence Yep!]]"
*** Another ''Super'' one- The guy working the board looking like Santa (tends to come up more in the Christmas week shows, of course).
* SceneryPorn: All of the show's sets were bright and colorful with attention paid to every detail (including the parts not normally seen on-camera)...except the ''Million-Dollar'' set. It might have been cool to some, but it certainly wasn't bright or colorful.
* ShoutOut: Every once in a while the writers included a password that had a meaning for one of the celebs, such as "[[IveGotASecret Secret]]" for Betsy Palmer, "Crane" for Bob Crane, "Ukulele" for Arthur Godfrey, "Court" for ''TheDefenders''' E.G. Marshall, "Huddle" for Frank Gifford and, perhaps most famously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAyJPpjqujw "Skipper"]] for Bob Denver.
** Lest we forget "Miser" for Jack Benny. His clue to his partner: "Me!"
** It once happened in reverse Florence Henderson got the word "Bunch" about three years before she became Mrs. Brady.
** One ''Plus'' episode had the first three puzzle clues "STUFFED" "RED" "HEAD". Lucille Ball jokingly guessed "Me!" (The actual answer was [[spoiler:cabbage]].)
** One ''Super'' puzzle during the week that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' stars James Doohan and Michael Dorn played against each other contained the word "Scottish". Dorn gave the clue "Doohan", and despite all the nodding he did to the other side he could not make his partner understand that he did not say "Doing".
** The title character of the [[ShortRunners short lived]] GameShowNetwork [[GameShowNetwork Original ''Burt Luddens Love Buffet'']] was a ShoutOut to the hosts of 'Plus' and 'Super' (albeit spelled Burt instead of Bert).
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Allen Ludden always ended his versions of the show with a password of the day.
* TrashTheSet: The aforementioned incident with Betty and the Magic Toaster.
* UpToEleven: The original intro to ''Plus'' went "It's more than ''Password'', it's ''Password Plus''!"
* UrbanLegend: It has been rumored for many years that an African-American contestant (or sometimes, an African-American celebrity such as Nipsey Russell), given the clue of "Doe" (for the word "Deer"), answered with "Knob". According to Snopes, there is [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/password.asp no record of this]] having ever happened; further, if it '''did''' happen and it was on ''CBS'' (daytime) or ''ABC'', there's [[MissingEpisode a pretty good reason]] why there's no record.
** Although often debunked as a case of racist humor {ridiculing the speech patterns of African-Americans}, there ''is'' a plausible, non-racist explanation: the African-American contestant or celebrity simply misheard the clue-giver, and in a moment of absentmindedness thought s/he had heard "Door" (in which case "Knob" would be a very logical guess).
* WordAssociationTest: The Game.
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-->''"Allen Ludden saying the Password for today is "TvTropes". TV Tropes collects and expands on conventions and devices in creative works, such as '''Password''', and we think it's a pretty nice place. See you next time, I hope."''

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[[caption-width-right:350:The show's (basic) history in one image.]]

->''From Hollywood, the word game of the stars, '''Password'''!''

GameShow created by BobStewart for Creator/MarkGoodson-Bill Todman Productions in 1961, after the company searched for parlor games that could be played for modest stakes in the wake of the quiz show scandals. Stewart suggested a game whose players asked themselves a simple question: "How well can I communicate with just one word?"

''Password'' debuted in October 1961 on Creator/{{CBS}} as the first game to have celebrity guests as teammates for civilian contestants, which was a big freaking deal at the time. Allen Ludden left ''G.E. College Bowl'' to moderate ''Password'' (Robert Earle replaced him on the former), which ran until 1967 on CBS daytime and primetime. Frequent guests included the stars of ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.

Ludden returned as host of Creator/{{ABC}}'s 1971-75 {{revival}}, which went through two {{theme tune}}s and two sets. The changes were made for ''Password All-Stars'' (November 1974 to February 1975), after which members of the public were once again allowed to compete.

Two more daytime revivals appeared on Creator/{{NBC}} ''Password Plus'' from 1979-82, and ''Super Password'' from 1984-89. Both used Password Puzzles, wherein each round consisted of five passwords that described another person, place, or thing; for instance, "Wiki", "Lampshade", "Hanging", "Topics", and "{{Egregious}}" might be used to describe TVTropes. These versions also featured a BonusRound ("Alphabetics" on ''Plus'', "Super Password" on ''Super'') where the celebrity had to describe ten passwords, beginning with consecutive letters of the alphabet, within 60 seconds for a bonus of at least $5,000.

In June 2008, CBS debuted ''Million-Dollar Password'' for a brief primetime run on Sunday evenings with Regis Philbin as host. CBS then ordered a second set of episodes, which began airing in January 2009. The show was canned after 12 episodes because, despite winning its timeslot more often than not, it wasn't drawing the demographics the network wanted.

Normally that would be the end, but then a funny thing happened on January 18, 2011: it returned, boiled down to a simpler version of its later-era ''CBS'' style, hosted by Steve Higgins on NBC. The game now has words beginning at six points and no Lightning Round, and there's no stated prizes, but everyone has fun and damn if it isn't good. The new ''Password'' opened on a high note, with its first celebs being Creator/BettyWhite and Creator/JimmyFallon.

Sadly, it isn't a regular series but an occasional game on Fallon's ''LateNight''. Still, despite what feelings anybody may have about him, he's pretty much the only thing keeping ''Password'' alive in America. (He's also pretty much the guy keeping ''Series/{{Pyramid}}'' alive, too, come to think of it.)
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!!GameShowTropes in use:
* BonusRound: Lightning Round (the TropeMaker) on ''CBS''/''ABC'', 20:20 Password on ''All-Stars'', Alphabetics/Super Password (same game) on ''Plus'' and ''Super'' respectively, and Million-Dollar Password on ''Million-Dollar''.
* BonusSpace: To an extent, the Cashword on ''Super'', which was played in every game after the second puzzle for $1,000 plus $1,000 each game until claimed.
* CelebrityEdition: While many all-celebrity weeks were done over the years (none on ''Million-Dollar'') and ''All-Stars'' was built on this trope, there was a '''massive''' influx of them in 1974 during what can only be described as an immense pre-''All Stars'' gimmickfest.
* GameShowAppearance:
** A famous 1972 episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' featured Felix and Oscar on a New York-based version of ''ABC'', with the duo {{Lampshading}} the obvious difference in sets. Allen Ludden and Creator/BettyWhite, naturally, played themselves.
** ''Late Night'', as mentioned above, keeps the American franchise going in an odd sort of way.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Jack Clark announced on ''CBS'', and John Harlan filled these duties on ''ABC''/''All-Stars''. Gene Wood announced most of ''Plus'' with occasional substitutes. Rich Jefferies announced the first few weeks of ''Super'' until Gene took over on that show as well (Jefferies moved to helping Gene as an audience warm-up).
** GameShowHost: Allen Ludden was the first and most popular, holding the position from 1961-80. BillCullen filled in for four weeks in 1980, and Tom Kennedy hosted from late 1980 to 1982. Bert Convy hosted ''Super'', and Regis Philbin hosted ''Million-Dollar''.
** StudioAudience
** Creator/BettyWhite: Frequently appeared on both ''Plus'' and ''Super''; she and Ludden were married from 1963 until his death in 1981.
* ShowTheFolksAtHome: "The Password is..."
* WhoWantsToBeWhoWantsToBeAMillionaire: ''Million-Dollar'', natch, with the Money Ladder and the overall rapid-fire restructuring of the main game. (And, of course, Regis.)
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!!This show provides examples of:
* AscendedExtra: Tom Kennedy on ''Plus'', having been a celebrity partner before becoming host. Similarly, Bert Convy was a partner on ''Plus'' before hosting ''Super''. Regis has appeared as a celebrity partner in ''Plus'' before hosting ''Million Dollar'' thirty years later.
* BerserkButton: If anyone used a sound-alike rhyming word as a clue in the original version, Allen would lightly scold them, saying that while such words ''are'' legal to use, in his opinion they go against the spirit of the game and hence discourages their use. By ''Plus'', such words were regularly used without comment from Allen.
* CatchPhrase:
** "The password is...", whispered by TheAnnouncer on all versions except ''All-Stars'' (and the following ''ABC'' revamp), ''Plus'', and ''Million-Dollar''.
** "Hey, doll..." was Allen's greeting to Creator/BettyWhite's mother Tess at the beginning of nearly every show. Tess appeared on ''ABC'' as a celebrity challenger during the aforementioned gimmickfest (week of September 23-27, 1974).
** "Next word, (IF you) please," regularly used by Bert Convy on ''Super''.
* CrossOver: On an episode of ''IveGotASecret'', the panel of Bill Cullen, Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson introduced "the great new CBS series ''Password''" by playing a few rounds. All four of them (as well as ''Secret'' host Garry Moore) would ultimately wind up appearing on the actual show in individual episodes.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Several.
** Jack Clark occasionally filled-in for Allen on ''CBS''.
** For three weeks in 1974 (July 1526 and September 2327) during ''ABC''[='s=] gimmickfest, Allen played as a celebrity guest while [[LetsMakeADeal Monty Hall]] guest-hosted.
** Allen then played as a celebrity guest shortly after ''All-Stars'' ended (March 24-28, 1975), with Betty White guest-hosting.
** Tom Kennedy once played as a celebrity partner on ''Plus'' in March 1982, with his brother [[{{Concentration}} Jack]] [[NowYouSeeIt Narz]] hosting. It was the last time most of the country saw Narz hosting a game show; viewers of KDOC in Anaheim, California got to see him host the NoBudget ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv8CrRt4_Yk You've Got To Be Kidding]]'' in late 1987.
* DownerEnding:
** On an episode of ''Super'', Dick Gautier and his teammate blazed through the first nine words of the endgame, but then Dick accidentally blurted out the answer to the last word, costing her $10,000.
*** It more or less happened again on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4vyU8qTMIY this one with Michael Dorn (skip to 11:45)]]. He didn't give it away but even with 26 seconds, his partner missed that last word.
** On another ''Super'' episode, Roz Ryan and her teammate got past the first nine words before giving the illegal clue, "Ha ha" for "Joke", on the tenth. After guessing the word, the pair began celebrating until the judge informed them that "Ha ha" is two words which meant they lost.
** On yet another episode of ''Super'', Richard Simmons attempted to cut himself off while giving an illegal clue on the final word of the endgame, originally resulting in a $15,000 win. After checking the tape, the judges confirmed he did not stop himself in time and the endgame was declared a loss.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: For the first few weeks of ''Plus'', some elements of the set were different. Most notably, the Alphabetics board was suspended by wires, instead of hidden in a cabinet.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Most episodes, when Ludden hosted, ended with him giving a "Password of the day" and usually ending it with the words "Think about it."
* {{Expy}}: ''Series/YouDontSay'', a word-association game which debuted in 1963, began with a virtually-identical set but moved the host's podium from the center to the far left in 1964 or '65.
** Also, ''The Object Is,'' a short-lived 1963 ABC game show (the first hosted by Dick Clark) which was a curious hybird of ''Password'' and ''You Don't Say''.
** More blatant is Goodson-Todman's ''SnapJudgment'' (one of the only Goodson-Todman games that has been entirely wiped), which debuted on April 11, 1967. For most of its run, ''Snap'' was a contrived word-association game of its own, but for the last three months (December 23, 1968 to March 28, 1969) it was {{Re Tool}}ed as a 100% clone of original-recipe ''Password''...complete with the same exact desk.
** NBC's most recent prime time game show, ''Hollywood Game Night,'' has a segment called "Take A Hint," in which the three celebrity players on each side each give one-word clues to their civilian partner for him/her to identify words.
* GrandFinale: The last episode of ''ABC'' in 1975 featured a final game played by four Goodson-Todman staffers. Neither team got to the normal format's 50-point goal.
** The last episode of ''Super'' in 1989 featured the infamous "Magic Toaster II" incident described at the FunnyMoments page. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CrnK8dJfZw Here's the first part of the episode, from its original broadcast.]]
* HalloweenEpisode: For one Halloween Week on ''Super'', Bert had two bags one orange marked "Treats", one black marked "Tricks". For each puzzle, the winning contestant would pick a prize at random from the "Treat" bag (toys and little gifts such as magnetic balls) and the loser a prize from the "Trick" bag (things like a random piece of wood or assorted pocket lint).
* InAndOutOfCharacter: Carol Burnett and Vicki Lawrence were the celebs for one early week on ''Plus''. At one point, Allen suggested they come back at a later date as their characters Eunice and Mama. They did just that a few weeks later, playing in character against [=McLean=] Stevenson and Joanna Gleason's ''HelloLarry'' characters Larry and Morgan.
* InSeriesNickname: The device concealing the [=Ca$hword=] check on ''Super'' was called the Magic Toaster.
* LeaveTheCameraRunning: Several.
** December 23, 1980: It took nearly five minutes to get ''Plus'' back on track after Tom Kennedy cracked up over [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MlOkZCms-w Dick Martin's reaction]] to giving "France" as a clue for "French". In 2008, Kennedy donated a copy of the unedited master tape to the Television Production Music Museum, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ee2fFYGq7lY and]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDLZG9Wl_BQ it]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejQa0W8TzxA quickly]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxauU04KM3Y spread]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzRnANsTiJ4 to]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8T3qstZ6ak YouTube.]]
** January 1982: During one puzzle, the word "Hairy" was ruled unacceptable for the password "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8Rlrx-AQbQ Harry]]". Marcia Wallace contested this (since homophones of words are accepted), so the next day Tom hauled out a chalkboard and gave everyone a phonics lesson.
*** Bert had to haul out that chalkboard [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nPjTP_2kwk as well at least once, over gerund/guarant (skip to 3:00)]].
* LiteralMinded: Following a celebrity accidentally giving the Cashword as a clue on ''Super'', Bert asked the producer what they did in that situation. Upon being told to "throw it out", he [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Nv8UMIWmPE#t=3m21s picked up the Magic Toaster and threw it behind him]], asking what to do next as he did so. The Toaster broke as it hit the floor. Cue an OhCrap look on Bert's face when the celebrity informed him that he broke the Toaster.
* LuckyCharmsTitle: Not the show itself, but the [=Ca$hword=] round on ''Super''.
** ''Password Plus +'' if you count the + in the logo and all over the set.
* MoonLogicPuzzle: While the main-game passwords on ''Plus'' and ''Super'' were sometimes a bit tough, they paled in comparison to the [=Ca$hword=]. Some of these words were nothing short of impossible to convey using just one-word clues, even given ''three'' chances. (Prime example: "Backgammon".)
** Three clues: Dice; Checkers; fronT? (read that last clue with a rising tone, as to convey an opposite).
* NegatedMomentOfAwesome: A winner on ''Super'' walked away with $58,600 (including a record-setting $55,000 jackpot in the BonusRound)...but it was later revealed that he was a convict who had entered the show with a pseudonym. More info [[http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/1988-01-16/news/0010150272_1_super-password-ketchem-patrick-quinn here.]]
* NintendoHard: The time limits and/or word difficulty on ''Million-Dollar'', coupled with the inane "clue-response-clue" rule (see below) and forcing each half-hour to be self-contained, meant there was no way anybody was going to win the Million. Also, the Ca$hword in ''Plus'' tended to be towards this.
* ObviousRulePatch: Several.
** ''CBS'' went from one pair of contestants playing only one round, to the same pair playing two rounds after switching partners, to the whole half-hour featuring just those two players switching partners after every round.
** ''ABC'' introduced the play-or-pass option of passing the first opportunity to give a clue to the other team if the player felt the word needed a minimum of two clues to be guessed (as can be seen in the ''Odd Couple'' episode).
** For the first few weeks of ''Plus'', Allen went out of his way to remind everyone that although the clues still had to be one non-hyphenated word, the passwords themselves could now be two words like "New York" or "Twenty-Four".
*** On April 23, 1979, ''Plus'' made antonyms illegal clues. Sure, some words are very hard to convey using one-word clues that ''aren't'' the opposite, but making antonyms illegal meant that brains were exercised by requiring more thought to convey words (much later, on ''Million-Dollar'', contestants kept passing on words that didn't have a clear opposite).
*** Similarly, ''Plus'' changed its Alphabetics jackpot in 1981 to increase by $5,000 until claimed, with illegal clues deducting $1,000 (later 20% of the current total being played for).
** ''Super'' reversed the ''Plus'' antonym rule (making them legal again), the BonusRound rules (once again denying the ability to gain the jackpot if an illegal clue was given), and removed the play-or-pass option.
* OffTheRails: The "testimony" incident.
* OhCrap: Bert's reaction to blurting out the password, which he did quite often. He gets a particularly good moment [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-51t1-EBoQ here.]]
* OpeningNarration: Several over the course of the run. The 1971-1974 version, as done by John Harlan, is quoted at the top of the page.
** Ludden credited long time ''{{Password}}'' player Carol Burnett with coming up with the narration "It's more than just ''{{Password}}''...it's ''[[LuckyCharmsTitle Password Plus]]''!" Ater a while, "It's more than just ''Password''" was dropped.
** ''Super'' shortened it to "It's ''Password''... It's ''Super Password''!"
* [[TitleDrop Opening Narration Drop]]: As seen in one of the early GSN ads for ''Plus'', while talking with Allan, DavidLetterman slips in the Opening Narration while Allan discribes the new gameplay.
-->'''David Letterman''' "Well, (of course), it's more than just ''Password''...
-->'''Allan Ludden''' "It's ''Password Plus''!"
-->'''David Letterman''' "Well...yeah..."
* PressXToDie: Anyone who ever gave the password as a clue, which may or may not be justified as a case of IgnoreTheDisability, as the word is right in front of them. Probably the same reason that Bert Convy himself did it more than once.
* ProgressiveJackpot: On ''Password Plus'' and ''Super Password'':
** On ''Plus'', late in the series' run, a rolling jackpot was added to the bonus round (then called "Alphabetics"), starting at $5,000 and increasing by $5,000 per playing until won. While the cap was $50,000, the highest it ever got was $35,000.
** On ''Super'', the accruing jackpot was returned; the highest it reached was $55,000. In addition, a new mini-game called "Ca$hword" was added early in the run; a contestant who won the second puzzle was given a chance to guess a difficult password (using a maximum of three clues) for a cash bonus of $1,000 plus $1,000 for each show unclaimed. The top amount the "Ca$hword" reached was $17,000.
* RealLifeRelative: On the original Creator/LucilleBall & Garry Morton (and in one instance joined by Lucy's kids), Jimmy & Gloria Stewart, Steve & Carol Lawrence, Jayne Meadows & Steve Allen, Jack & Joan Benny; On ''Plus'', John and Patty Duke Astin. And, of course ... Betty White & Allen Ludden.
** On ''Super'', Mary Ann Mobley & Garry Collins.
* ReplacedTheThemeTune: The ABC version changed its set and theme tune for the transition to ''Password All-Stars''. Robert Israel's synthesized theme was replaced by Bob Cobert's "Bicentennial Funk".
** In 1963, the first theme--Kurt Rehfeld's ''Holiday Jaunt''--was replaced with a Bob Cobert composition many believe to be called "You Have the Password."
* RunningGag: It was common on ''Super'' for someone to throw a roll of tape at Bert if they thought he was on the verge of blurting out the answer.
** Also on ''Super'', if neither Bert nor the teams knew the answer to a puzzle, Bert would sometimes ask announcer Gene Wood whether he knew, to which Gene would always cheerfuly respond, "[[FeigningIntelligence Yep!]]"
*** Another ''Super'' one- The guy working the board looking like Santa (tends to come up more in the Christmas week shows, of course).
* SceneryPorn: All of the show's sets were bright and colorful with attention paid to every detail (including the parts not normally seen on-camera)...except the ''Million-Dollar'' set. It might have been cool to some, but it certainly wasn't bright or colorful.
* ShoutOut: Every once in a while the writers included a password that had a meaning for one of the celebs, such as "[[IveGotASecret Secret]]" for Betsy Palmer, "Crane" for Bob Crane, "Ukulele" for Arthur Godfrey, "Court" for ''TheDefenders''' E.G. Marshall, "Huddle" for Frank Gifford and, perhaps most famously, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sAyJPpjqujw "Skipper"]] for Bob Denver.
** Lest we forget "Miser" for Jack Benny. His clue to his partner: "Me!"
** It once happened in reverse Florence Henderson got the word "Bunch" about three years before she became Mrs. Brady.
** One ''Plus'' episode had the first three puzzle clues "STUFFED" "RED" "HEAD". Lucille Ball jokingly guessed "Me!" (The actual answer was [[spoiler:cabbage]].)
** One ''Super'' puzzle during the week that ''Franchise/StarTrek'' stars James Doohan and Michael Dorn played against each other contained the word "Scottish". Dorn gave the clue "Doohan", and despite all the nodding he did to the other side he could not make his partner understand that he did not say "Doing".
** The title character of the [[ShortRunners short lived]] GameShowNetwork [[GameShowNetwork Original ''Burt Luddens Love Buffet'']] was a ShoutOut to the hosts of 'Plus' and 'Super' (albeit spelled Burt instead of Bert).
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: Allen Ludden always ended his versions of the show with a password of the day.
* TrashTheSet: The aforementioned incident with Betty and the Magic Toaster.
* UpToEleven: The original intro to ''Plus'' went "It's more than ''Password'', it's ''Password Plus''!"
* UrbanLegend: It has been rumored for many years that an African-American contestant (or sometimes, an African-American celebrity such as Nipsey Russell), given the clue of "Doe" (for the word "Deer"), answered with "Knob". According to Snopes, there is [[http://www.snopes.com/radiotv/tv/password.asp no record of this]] having ever happened; further, if it '''did''' happen and it was on ''CBS'' (daytime) or ''ABC'', there's [[MissingEpisode a pretty good reason]] why there's no record.
** Although often debunked as a case of racist humor {ridiculing the speech patterns of African-Americans}, there ''is'' a plausible, non-racist explanation: the African-American contestant or celebrity simply misheard the clue-giver, and in a moment of absentmindedness thought s/he had heard "Door" (in which case "Knob" would be a very logical guess).
* WordAssociationTest: The Game.
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-->''"Allen Ludden saying the Password for today is "TvTropes". TV Tropes collects and expands on conventions and devices in creative works, such as '''Password''', and we think it's a pretty nice place. See you next time, I hope."''
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4th Nov '13 2:11:35 PM nombretomado
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Normally that would be the end, but then a funny thing happened on January 18, 2011: it returned, boiled down to a simpler version of its later-era ''CBS'' style, hosted by Steve Higgins on NBC. The game now has words beginning at six points and no Lightning Round, and there's no stated prizes, but everyone has fun and damn if it isn't good. The new ''Password'' opened on a high note, with its first celebs being BettyWhite and Creator/JimmyFallon.

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Normally that would be the end, but then a funny thing happened on January 18, 2011: it returned, boiled down to a simpler version of its later-era ''CBS'' style, hosted by Steve Higgins on NBC. The game now has words beginning at six points and no Lightning Round, and there's no stated prizes, but everyone has fun and damn if it isn't good. The new ''Password'' opened on a high note, with its first celebs being BettyWhite Creator/BettyWhite and Creator/JimmyFallon.



** A famous 1972 episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' featured Felix and Oscar on a New York-based version of ''ABC'', with the duo {{Lampshading}} the obvious difference in sets. Allen Ludden and BettyWhite, naturally, played themselves.

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** A famous 1972 episode of ''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' featured Felix and Oscar on a New York-based version of ''ABC'', with the duo {{Lampshading}} the obvious difference in sets. Allen Ludden and BettyWhite, Creator/BettyWhite, naturally, played themselves.



** BettyWhite: Frequently appeared on both ''Plus'' and ''Super''; she and Ludden were married from 1963 until his death in 1981.

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** BettyWhite: Creator/BettyWhite: Frequently appeared on both ''Plus'' and ''Super''; she and Ludden were married from 1963 until his death in 1981.



** "Hey, doll..." was Allen's greeting to BettyWhite's mother Tess at the beginning of nearly every show. Tess appeared on ''ABC'' as a celebrity challenger during the aforementioned gimmickfest (week of September 23-27, 1974).

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** "Hey, doll..." was Allen's greeting to BettyWhite's Creator/BettyWhite's mother Tess at the beginning of nearly every show. Tess appeared on ''ABC'' as a celebrity challenger during the aforementioned gimmickfest (week of September 23-27, 1974).
28th Oct '13 6:03:47 PM TheMysteriousH
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*** Bert had to haul out that chalkboard a few times as well.

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*** Bert had to haul out that chalkboard a few times [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nPjTP_2kwk as well.well at least once, over gerund/guarant (skip to 3:00)]].
28th Oct '13 5:47:04 PM TheMysteriousH
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*** What makes it worse is they had ''nearly 20 seconds'' left at that point. It's a 60 second round.

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*** What makes It more or less happened again on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4vyU8qTMIY this one with Michael Dorn (skip to 11:45)]]. He didn't give it worse is they had ''nearly 20 seconds'' left at away but even with 26 seconds, his partner missed that point. It's a 60 second round.last word.
28th Oct '13 5:30:46 PM TheMysteriousH
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*** Another ''Super'' one- The guy working the board looking like Santa (tends to come up more in the Christmas week shows, of course).
28th Oct '13 5:25:42 PM TheMysteriousH
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** On ''Super'', Mary Ann Mobley & Garry Collins.
28th Oct '13 5:21:21 PM TheMysteriousH
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*** Bert had to haul out that chalkboard a few times as well.
28th Oct '13 5:10:03 PM TheMysteriousH
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*** What makes it worse is they had ''nearly 20 seconds'' left at that point. It's a 60 second round.
6th Sep '13 1:06:24 PM Viira
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* RealLifeRelative: On the original LucilleBall & Garry Morton (and in one instance joined by Lucy's kids), Jimmy & Gloria Stewart, Steve & Carol Lawrence, Jayne Meadows & Steve Allen, Jack & Joan Benny; On ''Plus'', John and Patty Duke Astin. And, of course ... Betty White & Allen Ludden.

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* RealLifeRelative: On the original LucilleBall Creator/LucilleBall & Garry Morton (and in one instance joined by Lucy's kids), Jimmy & Gloria Stewart, Steve & Carol Lawrence, Jayne Meadows & Steve Allen, Jack & Joan Benny; On ''Plus'', John and Patty Duke Astin. And, of course ... Betty White & Allen Ludden.
18th Jul '13 6:54:12 AM Ccook50
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* NBC's most recent prime time game show, ''Hollywood Game Night,'' has a segment called "Take A Hint," in which the three celebrity players on each side each give one-word clues to their civilian partner for him/her to identify words.

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* ** NBC's most recent prime time game show, ''Hollywood Game Night,'' has a segment called "Take A Hint," in which the three celebrity players on each side each give one-word clues to their civilian partner for him/her to identify words.
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