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Mark Goodson, along with Bill Todman, produced some of the most iconic and long-lasting Game Shows in television history. After Todman's death on July 29, 1979, the "Goodson-Todman" moniker continued until about March 1984. Child's Play was the first game show to use the "Mark Goodson Productions" logo in 1982.

After Goodson's death in December 1992, the company was sold to All-American Television. In 1998, All-American was bought out by Pearson Television, which in turn was bought out in 2002 by Fremantle Media. The "Mark Goodson Productions" logo remained in use during this time, but was eventually removed on August 15, 2007 when Drew Carey became host of The Price Is Right.note  It was last seen on the October 12, 2007 repeat of Bob Barker's last show.

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Also played the drums. And disco-danced in a custom-tailored Giorgio suit. No, seriously.


Shows and films originally produced by Goodson-Todman include:

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    Radio 
  • Winner Take All (1946-52; the duo's first game show)
  • Stop the Music (1948-52, 1954-55; produced in association with Louis Cowan Productions)
  • Catch Me If You Can (1948)
  • Hit the Jackpot (1948-49, 1950; revamp of the above show)
  • Time's a-Wastin' (1948)
  • Beat the Clock (1949; quiz show unrelated to the later stunt series)
  • Spin To Win (1949)
  • Rate Your Mate (1950-51)
  • Meet Frank Sinatra (1950; Radio Special)
  • What's My Line? (1952-53)
  • Two for the Money (1953-56)

    TV 
  • Winner Take All (1948-50, 1951, 1952)
  • Stop the Music (1949-52, 1954-56; produced in association with Louis Cowan Productions)
  • What's My Line? (1950-67, 1968-75)
  • Beat the Clock (1950-61, 1969-74, 1979-80, 2002-03)
  • By Popular Demand (1950)
  • The Web (1950-54, 1957; dramatic anthology series)
  • It's News to Me (1951-53, 1954; began as a Primetime Special on May 11, 1951)
  • The Name's The Same (1951-55)
  • I've Got a Secret (1952-67, 1972-73, 1976, 2000-03, 2006)
  • Two for the Money (1952-56, 1957; Pilot filmed in June 1952 with Fred Allen as host)
  • Judge for Yourself (1953-54)
  • What's Going On? (1954)
  • Make the Connection (1955)
  • Choose Up Sides (1956; pilot filmed in September 1953 for CBS with Bob Kennedy as host)
  • The Price Is Right (1956-65, 1972-; also had nighttime versions from 1957-64, 1972-80, 1985-86, and 1994-95)
  • To Tell the Truth (1956-68, 1969-78, 1980-81, 1990-91, 2000-01, 2016-; original pilot was called Nothing But the Truth)
  • Goodyear Theatre (1957-60; dramatic NBC anthology series)
  • Jefferson Drum (1958; Western starring Jeff Richards and Eugene Martin)
  • Play Your Hunch (1958-63; pilot taped in the Spring)
  • The Rebel (1959-61; Western starring Nick Adams)
  • Split Personality (1959-60)
  • Say When!! (1961-65)
  • Number Please (1961)
  • Password (1961-67, 1971-75, 1979-82, 1984-89, 2008-09)
  • Match Game (1962-69, 1973-82, 1990-91, 1998-99, 2016-) and its spinoff, Match Game PM (1975-81)
  • Missing Links (1963-64)
  • The Richard Boone Show (1963-64; anthology series)
  • Get the Message (1964)
  • Call My Bluff (1965)
  • Branded (1965-66; Western starring Chuck Connors)
  • Snap Judgment (1967-69)
  • He Said, She Said (1969-70) and its revival, Tattletales (1974-78, 1982-84)
  • Now You See It (1974-75, 1989; pilots taped in October 1973 and November 1988 respectively, according to cbstelevisioncity.com)
  • What's My Line? at 25 (1975; ABC Primetime Special looking back on memorable moments from the show)
  • Showoffs (1975) and its revival, Body Language (1984-86; taped three pilots in October 1983)
  • Family Feud (1976-85, 1988-95, 1999-) and its spinoff, Celebrity Family Feud (2008, 2015-)
  • Double Dare (1976-77)
  • The Better Sex (1977-78)
  • Card Sharks (1978-81, 1986-89, 2001)
  • Mindreaders (1979-80)
  • That's My Line! (1980-81)
  • Blockbusters (1980-82, 1987)
  • Child's Play (1982-83; the May 1982 pilots were credited to Goodson-Todman)
  • The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour (1983-84; joint production with Orion Television)
  • TV's Funniest Game Show Moments (1984-85; two ABC Primetime Specials highlighting memorable moments from G-T shows; hosted by William Shatner)
  • Trivia Trap (1984-85)

    Unsold Pilots 
  • Rate Your Mate (1951; attempt to bring the radio game to TV)
  • Take Your Choice (1954; hosted by Fred Allen for NBC)
  • Buckley (1955; unsold Sitcom pilot filmed the week of March 21 starring Reginald Gardiner and Dorothy Lamour)
  • The Legend of Hemp Brown (1955; unsold Documentary-style Western series filmed in the Summer)
  • Play For Keeps! (November 1955; Winner Take All revamp hosted by Sonny Fox, with at least two pilots shot for CBS)
  • Landmark (1956; unsold pilot similar to the Disneyland series hosted by Bennett Cerf, and filmed in the Spring)
  • The Red Smith Show (1956; unsold pilot filmed in the Spring)
  • Ethan Allen (1957; unsold Dramatic pilot starring Rex Allen filmed in the Spring)
  • It Had To Be You (1963, hosted by Ed McMahon; later led to He Said, She Said)
  • It's Predictable (1970; hosted by Gene Rayburn)
  • Spellbinders (August 1978; hosted by Bill Anderson)
  • Puzzlers (March 1980; at least three pilots for NBC, hosted by Pat Sajak {yes, him}; contained rounds that were early prototypes for Blockbusters, Catch-Phrase and Bumper Stumpers (the first and second both had the involvement of Steve Ryan, who created this pilot))
  • Star Words (May-June 1983; at least three pilots for CBS, hosted by Nipsey Russell)
  • Now You See It (October 1985; at least two pilots, hosted by Jack Clark)
  • Oddball (February 1, 1986; hosted by Jamie Farr for NBC)
  • On a Roll (February 23, 1986; at least four pilots, hosted by David Sparks for CBS)
  • TKO (November 10, 1989; at least four pilots, hosted by Peter Tomarken for ABC)
  • Body Talk (October 1990; Showoffs/Body Language revival hosted by Vicki Lawrence, with at least two pilots shot for ABC)
  • Cash Tornado (July 18, 1993; hosted by Jim Perry)
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    Films 
Yes, believe it or not, but they even briefly ventured into films.

  • Broken Sabre (1965; an edit of the three-part color episode of Branded "The Mission" with new footage)
  • Blade Rider, Revenge of the Indian Nations (1966; an edit of of the three-part episode of Branded "Call to Glory" with new footage)
  • Ride Beyond Vengeance (1966)
  • Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)


Special mention should be made to Concentration, which was licensed to Goodson-Todman by NBC (1973-78, 1987-91; also did ten pilots in 1985). Because of NBC's refusal to do anything with the format or episodes, Concentration has never appeared in blooper specials - not even Game Show Moments Gone Bananas, a Fremantle-produced series of specials that dealt mostly with Goodson-Todman games.

Three lottery game shows which debuted after Goodson's death - Illinois Instant Riches (1994-98), Bonus Bonanza (1995-98), and Flamingo Fortune (1995-99) - originally used Mark's logo, as the company's lottery division still existed. All three shows eventually changed to the logo for Jonathan Goodson's company, but his credit was eventually ousted from Flamingo as well due to a format overhaul in 1997.


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