Trivia / The Hollywood Squares


  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: As listed under Memetic Mutation on the YMMV page, one of Paul Lynde's most-quoted zingers, usually done by the quoter with Lynde's trademark mannerisms and voice, is "Because chiffon wrinkles!"note , despite that not being what Lynde actually said — what he actually said was "Because chiffon wrinkles too easily."
  • Dueling Shows: With Match Game, which inevitably led to The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour.
  • Fan Nickname: "Beaverface" for Peter Marshall, after this question:
    Peter Marshall: Paul, true or false your teeth are about the same size and shape as a pig's.
    Paul Lynde: Look who's talking, Beaverface!
    • H2 for the last two seasons of the Bergeron edition, due to that being its new logo ("Hollywood Squared," get it?).
      Giant Bomb: [during a review of the 2010 game] So we're actually playing Hollywood Hollywood.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Peter Marshall-hosted versions were believed to have been largely destroyed until around 2002, when several hundred episodes (the number varies- Peter Marshall said in a webchat there were 3500 episodes they stumbled across) from both the daytime and nighttime versions were found unintentionally as part of a search for episodes of Dark Shadows, of all shows (read more here). Even then, GSN aired them only from 2002 to 2003.
    • The Davidson version was rerun on the USA Network for a few years in the '90s and hasn't been seen since.
  • No Budget: Hip Hop Squares, which offered a top prize of $2,500 in 2012. Could be justified, as it was produced for MTV2, a cable network (plus most of the budget likely went towards getting the celebrities).
  • Older Than They Look: Many think the catchphrase "_ gets the square" started on The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, but in fact it originated on the final season of the Marshall run.
  • Screwed by the Network: The NBC version. Despite being the number one game show in daytime at the time, then NBC president and CEO Fred Silverman abruptly cancelled it, after moving its time slot around several times, along with Chain Reaction and High Rollers, to make room for a 90-minute talk show hosted by David Letterman. Reportedly, Silverman had passed on the show back when he was vice president of daytime programming at CBS, and after seeing it become a big hit on NBC, was obviously not happy.
  • Troubled Production: The Vegas episodes. Paul Lynde was frustrated by the supposedly inferior lodging facilities in Vegas (among other things) and in general soured the overall mood.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Bert Parks was originally chosen to host the NBC version and Marshall subbed for him on the pilot.
    • Marc Summers was slated to host the 1998 revival but was dismissed for fears that his OCD (which he had revealed on The Oprah Winfrey Show a year prior) would make it difficult to work with him.
    • Prior to Whoopi coming on board, Roseanne was attempting to create the Planet Hollywood Squares in the mid 90s, but we never heard much from it, likely due to Planet Hollywood's mid-90s bankruptcy (they had opened far too many locations and lots of spinoff concepts, including ice cream shops and theaters run by AMC). Thank god for that.
  • You Look Familiar: John Davidson was a semi-regular panelist on the Marshall Squares before becoming host of the third version.

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