CBS Primetime, June 19, 1952 – April 3, 1967
Run time
30 Minutes
Garry Moore (1952-1964)
Steve Allen (1964-1967)
John Cannon
Bern Bennett
Johnny Olson
Mansfield Theatre (Studio 59), New York City, New York (1952-1960)
CBS Studio 52, New York City, New York (1960-1967)

I've Got a Secret was a panel show where contestants have a hidden secret (hence the title) which is usually a stunt or occupation. 

Game format[edit | edit source]

A panel of four celebrity guests faced one contestant or a group of contestants. Each contestant that appeared had a weird, fabulous, laughable and/or unusual secret. When the game started after the contestant came out & introduced himself/herself, the contestant whispered the secret into the host's ear, and the home audience was shown the secret. After that, the host would give a clue to the panel concerning the secret; that's when the questioning began. Each panelist one at a time in turn asked yes or no questions to the contestant in an attempt to guess the secret. The panelist in control would have an unmentioned amount of time to question the contestant. When the time was called by the producers and the panelist in control did not guess the secret, the next panelist in line would do the questioning. The process went on until either the secret was guessed, or until the entire panel questioned the contestant. Each panelist stumped was worth $20 to the contestant for a top prize of $80. Originally it was $10 per stumped panelist, because each panelist took two turns instead of one. After the game, the contestant would talk about his/her secret via the host's interview and sometimes a video/movie clip or demonstration would be shown.

Also on I've Got a Secret, celebrity guests played the game themselves. At the start of each show, the celebrity guest in question would introduce himself/herself followed by saying, "...and I've Got a Secret." The game was pretty much the same as with the regular contestants, but sometimes the panel would be off-stage in preparation of the game. Sometimes the secrets would be a personal secret, or something they were going to do that day.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Panelists[edit | edit source]

Regular Panelists included:

Broadcast History[edit | edit source]

June 19, 1952-June 25, 1953 (Thursday at 10:30-11:00 PM)
July 1, 1953-September 20, 1961 (Wednesday at 9:30-10:00 PM)
September 25, 1961-September 24, 1962 (Monday at 10:30-11:00PM)
October 1, 1962-September 5, 1966 (Monday at 8:00-8:30 PM)
September 12, 1966-April 3, 1967 (Monday at 10:30-11:00PM)

In Popular Culture[edit | edit source]

I've Got a Secret has been referenced, featured or spoofed in the following:

  • The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet: The Reading Room (1957) (TV Episode) - As Ozzie is being blindfolded, he quips, "Are we expecting a celebrity guest here?"
  • It Happened to Jane (1959) - Jane is featured on the show as the mystery guest.
  • Make Room for Daddy: Kathy and the Glamour Girl (1960) (TV Episode) - Charley Halper jokes that Danny could never be on the show because of his "big mouth".
  • My Favorite Martian: Who's Got a Secret? (1965) (TV Episode) - title reference
  • Electra Woman & Dyna Girl: The Spider Lady: Part 1 (1976) (TV Episode) - Mentioned by Lori
  • Muppet Babies: The Frog Who Knew Too Much (1987) (TV Episode) - Gonzo host a parody of this show titled He's Got a Secret.
  • Kate & Allie: I've Got a Secret (1989) (TV Episode) - Title reference
  • The Nanny: I've Got a Secret (1994) (TV Episode) - Title reference
  • Love Ranch (2010) - mentioned in dialogue
  • John Glenn: American Hero (1998) (TV Movie)
  • In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)- clip from episode with Neil Armstrong's parents
  • The Cinema Snob: Friday the 13th (2013) (TV Episode) - "Is that Betsy Palmer from I've Got a Secret?"
  • Summer Colony (2013) (Video) - Clips shown

International Versions[edit | edit source]

Main Article: I've Got a Secret/International

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

Main Article: I've Got a Secret/Merchandise

Photos[edit | edit source]

Main Article: I've Got a Secret/Photos

Episode Status[edit | edit source]

Early episodes from the first season appear to have been lost. Most episodes from Season 2 in 1952-1953 to the 1967 cancellation appear to exist, though the final season consists of black and white kinescopes of color videotapes. These/Those Normal Film & Videotapes from 1957 to 1967 aren't seen the image of the program's norm of broadcast has been the same for both GSN-GAME SHOW NETWORK & BUZZR, LET'S PLAY from 1994 to the Present.

Main Article: I've Got a Secret/Episode Guide

See Also[edit | edit source]

I've Got a Secret (1972)
I've Got a Secret (1976)
I've Got a Secret (1992 Proposed Revival)
I've Got a Secret (2000)
I've Got a Secret (2006)

Video[edit | edit source]


I've Got A Secret - with Lucille Ball


I've Got A Secret - Philo Farnsworth, Buster Keaton 1957


5th anniversary show (IGaS 6 19 57)


I've Got a Secret Episode 523 - 10th Anniversary Special-0


Studio tour (IGaS 6 17 59)


I've Got A Secret! 6 22 1964 Sam Levenson, Garry's Last Show


I've Got a Secret April 3, 1967 (Finale)


Ronald Reagan on I've Got a Secret

Links[edit | edit source]

I've Got a Secret @ Game Show Utopia

See Also[edit | edit source]

I've Got a Secret (1972)
I've Got a Secret (1976)
I've Got a Secret (1992 Proposed Revival)
I've Got a Secret (2000)
I've Got a Secret (2006)

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