YMMV / Password

Allen Ludden: Alright, we've got "TV", "Tropes", "Different", "Opinion", and "Tab". Trope-tan, for the game, what do you think it is?
Trope-tan: Your Mileage May Vary?
Allen: Is it "Your Mileage May Vary"? ("Password Puzzle" cover lifts) Yes, it is!

  • Broken Base:
    • The disallowing of opposites in Password Plus. Those in favor of it think said clues make the game too easy and that it encourages people to use their heads more whenever they gave clues. Those against it feel it adds unnecessary difficulty to the game and that it unfairly penalizes those who would accidentally forget the rule.
    • Super Password changed the Alphabetics rule regarding illegal clues. Instead of playing for a reduced share, the grand prize is negated and the round continues at $100 for each remaining password. This split the fan base between those who feel it was justified, saying contestants shouldn't be rewarded for guessing words from illegal clues (which was not uncommon on Plus). Fans who aren't in favor of this point out that contestants have no control on how a celebrity gives clues and that they shouldn't pay the price for a celebrity's mistake.
  • Breather Level: The letters X and Z in Alphabetics/Super Password, especially if one was fortunate enough to get a Q-Z round. Only three known passwords were used for X: Xerox, X-Ray and Xylophone.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming:
    • Prior to Tom Kennedy's first episode as host, he made a dedication to his stricken friend.
      Tom: To Allen Ludden, with each show, we send you our love. Our thoughts are with you.
    • The opening of the infamous "French blooper" episode had Betty White (Allen's wife and a close friend of Tom's) thanking Tom for a "wonderful job picking up the pieces." According to this interview clip, Tom looked up to Allen, but wouldn't do it unless Allen approved. When it was pointed out Allen asked for Tom to host, he graciously accepted.
      • A "Game Show Reunion" episode of Vicki Lawrence's short-lived talk show, Vicki!, reaffirmed the above notion, when Betty discussed the wonderful job Tom did taking over for Allen, with Peter Marshall adding, "He sure did."
  • Ear Worm: Pretty much every one of the American franchise's themes and sound effects...until Million-Dollar decided to go generic. The second theme for the 1960s version, "You Know the Password", composed by Bob Cobert, was so popular that Bob Crane once suggested writing lyrics to it.
  • Gameplay Derailment: The disallowing of opposites as clues in Password Plus was seen as this.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Florence Henderson got the password "Bunch" in 1966, three years before she became Mrs. Brady.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Kirstie Alley was a contestant on Plus in 1980.
    • Diane Amos, better known as the Pine-Sol lady, was a contestant on Super in 1987.
  • Special Effect Failure: Occasionally on Super Password, the show's equipment malfunctioned, such as the door not opening properly, the board accidentally revealing everything and giving away the puzzle. Naturally they couldn't edit this out all the time.
  • Surprise Difficulty: Try playing the home versions - it looks pretty easy, but a lot of people accidentally give the password as a clue because the word's written right in front of them. Even Bert accidentally blurted out the password a few times!
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • While All-Stars is a good format in its own right, the change to it in November 1974 is generally considered a bad idea. Then again, Goodson-Todman likely wouldn't have made the "big-money Lightning Round" format otherwise.
    • While some think that Plus making antonyms illegal early in its run made things more challenging by forbidding the most obvious clues, the consensus among most others seems to be that it was an unwarranted rule change that only served to make the game unnecessarily harder than it had to be.
    • Originally, the front game of Plus had a $100-$100-$200-$200 structure and a goal of $300, so games typically ended in three or four puzzles (assuming none were thrown out for one reason or another, in which case they played another puzzle for the same amount). In late 1981, they increased the goal to $500 and added a third $100 puzzle, which meant games now ended in four to six puzzles. One game took place over three episodes and used 12 puzzles.
    • Alphabetics on Plus had the top prize being reduced by 20% per illegal clue. On Super, this changed to the word being thrown out if an illegal clue was given along with the contestant forfeiting the chance at the jackpot. Since the celebrity always gave the clues, this meant a good player will be screwed over by a celebrity's mistake.
    • Million-Dollar. As per the standard for Fremantle Media, all the good things added to the format over the years were thrown out in favor of each half-hour being self-contained. The main game switched to a Pyramid-esque format, while the Bonus Round used Cashword's three-clues-per-word concept and didn't really have the suspense of Alphabetics/Super Password.
      • The bonus round required a clue-response-clue communication method if the clue-giver said two clues in a row, or the contestant gave two guesses in a row, that word was forfeited. One contestant lost because she gave two guesses (the second of which was correct) with about two seconds left on the clock; she would've lost had she followed the rules (there was no time for another clue to be given), and lost because she gave two answers (likely because she knew there would be no time for another clue). Basically, she was screwed either way.
  • They Just Didn't Care:
    • Early on in Super Password's life when Bert accidentally gave away the answer to a puzzle it was not thrown out and it was not even mentioned on the air. This happened at least twice but thankfully, they caught onto these later in the run.
    • On at least eight occasions (twice on Plus and six times on Super), the contestant guessed the tenth password in the End Game after the buzzer but the judges counted it. At least one of those was justified since it was for charity.
  • Tough Act to Follow: Tom Kennedy and Bert Convy on Plus and Super respectively after Allen Ludden took ill and died before Plus even went off the air. Many fans give them credit for doing their part in succeeding Mr. Password and incorporating their own hosting styles.
  • What an Idiot:
    • This Alphabetics round. Granted, those are not the easiest words, but the clues given were rather terrible.
    • Bert Convy loved to play along with the celebrities and the contestants, trying his best to give the perfect clue. The problem is, in doing so, he wound up blowing the answer to many puzzles, forcing them to be thrown out.
    • Many celebrity players on Million-Dollar were...none too swift at playing the game. Sara Evans, Monique Coleman and William Shatner were abysmal.

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