Series: Truth or Consequences
that originally aired in 1940 as an NBC
Radio program with its creator, Ralph Edwards, as host. A decade later, it moved to television on CBS
with its format and emcee unchanged.
Contestants on the show were asked silly trick questions which they almost invariably failed to answer correctly. If they answered incorrectly, or failed to come up with any answer in a short time, Beulah the Buzzer went off. The host then told them that since they had failed to tell the truth, they would have to pay the consequences. Consequences consisted of elaborate stunts, some done in the studio and others done outside, some completed on that week's episode and others taking a week or more and requiring the contestant to return when the stunt was completed. Some of the stunts were funny, but more often they were also embarrassing, and occasionally they were sentimental (as when long-separated relatives were reunited within the context of the stunt).
The original TV version of Consequences
, with Edwards as host, lasted only a single season, but was popular enough that the town of Hot Springs, New Mexico renamed itself after the show. When it returned three years later on NBC, Jack Bailey
was the MC, later replaced by Steve Dunne. NBC aired a daytime version of the show from 1956-65, with Bob Barker as host.
Barker made a career of the show after that, remaining with it through the rest of the daytime run and on into the original syndicated run, from 1966-75. A short-lived syndicated revival
in 1977-78 was moderated by Bob Hilton. And a decade later, in 1987, comic Larry Anderson turned up as host of yet another syndicated version which quickly faded from the airwaves.
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