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YMMV / To Tell the Truth

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  • Awesome Music: The orchestral remix of the classic theme used for the 1990 version.
  • Ear Worm: The 1969-78 theme. Ba-Ba-Buh-Ba-Buh-Ba-Buh-Baaaa! Ba-Ba-Buh-Ba-Buh-Ba-Buh-Baaaa!
  • Memetic Mutation: "Will the real [person's name] please stand up?". See also "Weird Al" Effect.
  • Moment of Awesome: Any time the impostors get all the votes from the panel.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Robin Ward on the 1980s version, who was generally hated for his stiff demeanor.
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  • The Scrappy: Anthony Anderson's mother who was brought in to keep track of correct votes for the panelists. Generally, fans who dislike her also tend to dislike this version's format changes that justify her being there (the panelist with the least amount of correct votes by the end of the episode has to "Tweet a Lie" about themselves).
  • Seasonal Rot: The final (1967-68) daytime season of the original run was inducted by Game Show Garbage for this reason. The theme song was changed for a more generic one and the set got a blindingly white makeover with random rectangular color pieces that looked like a bad attempt at emulating the Password backdrop. Most importantly, for the first game of each episode, a celebrity would come on and have the panel guess which one of the contestants were their partner, with the panel questioning the celebrity before the contestants. This gimmick, which might've worked if done once in a while, ended up making things too samey for the show and too easy for the panelists (who had more to work with to guess the person). Those changes were probably due to Executive Meddling from Fred Silverman, then in charge of daytime programming at CBS; his notorious hate of game shows makes it tempting to say he deliberately sabotaged the show to justify cancelling it.
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  • "Weird Al" Effect: People today are more likely to assume the phrase "Will the real [person's name] please stand up?" is from Eminem's "The Real Slim Shady" than this show.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: The 1969-71 "psychedelic" set.


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