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CBS Daytime, October 2, 1961 – Friday September 15, 1967
CBS Nighttime & Sunday Afternoon, Tuesday January 2, 1962 – Monday May 22, 1967
Run time
30 Minutes
Allen Ludden
Bob Marcato
Jack Clark (1961-1965)
Frank Wayne
Bern Bennett
Lee Vines (1966-1967)
Gene Wood (1965-1966)
Bob Kennedy
CBS Studios 50 and 52, New York City, New York
Studio 33 & Studio 43, CBS Television City, Los Angeles, California

Password is a game show where one player teams up with one celebrity to try to guess a secret password using one-word clues.

Game formatEdit

Two teams of two (consisting of one celebrity & one contestant) played Password for points. One player from each team (both celebrities or both contestants) is given the password while the home viewers saw the word on their screens (by letting the announcer saying, "The Password is..."). Then the clue givers gave a one-word clue to get their partners to say the password. Teams alternated turns until one guesser said the password which gave the team points according to how many clues given, starting at 10 and finishing with 1. Should the guesser on the team in control say a form of the password, the guesser got one last chance to say the exact word. Whenever an illegal clue is given, a buzzer sounded and the guesser lost a chance to guess the password and giving away the password by the clue givers ended the word. The decisions as to whether the clues were good or bad were made by a word authority. The word authorities are Professor David H. Greene, a professor from New York University (1961) and The World Book Encyclopedia Dictionary editor Dr. Reason A.Goodwin (1961-1967). Partners on both teams alternated between giving & receiving, starting with the stars, then to the contestants; plus, the team that trailed or lost the last password in case of a tie started a new password. The first team to reach 25 points wins the game ($100 to the contestant in the CBS daytime version and $250 in the CBS nighttime version) and they go on the play the Lightning Round.

The Lightning RoundEdit

In the Lightning Round, the celebrity on the winning team had 60 seconds (1 minute) to get his/her partner to say 5 passwords. If the contestant can't guess the password, the celebrity can pass. Each password guessed is worth $50 meaning that the contestant can win up to $250.

Returning ChampionsEdit

On the CBS daytime version, contestants played 2 games, win or lose with each game worth $100. Originally on the nighttime version, 2 players stayed for the entire show. Starting that November, two new contestants played one game each, with winners receiving $250 and losers receiving $50.



Theme SongEdit

1. "Holiday Jaunt (You Know The Password)" is Written & Performed by The Kurtis "Kurt" Rehnfeld Orchestra from 1961 to 1963.
2. "You Know The Password (The Password Theme)" is Composed by The Robert Cobert Orchestra from 1963 to 1967.

International VersionsEdit

Main Article: Password/International


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Episode StatusEdit

See Also: Password/Episode Guide


Password 1962 - CBS Prime time Debut

Password 1962 - CBS Prime time Debut

Password - Anne Bancroft and Robert Goulet (1 of 2)

Password - Anne Bancroft and Robert Goulet (1 of 2)

Password - Anne Bancroft and Robert Goulet (Part 2 of 2)

Password - Anne Bancroft and Robert Goulet (Part 2 of 2)

Password - Marjorie Lord and Danny Thomas (Sept

Password - Marjorie Lord and Danny Thomas (Sept. 1962)

Password (1964) - Lauren Bacall & Jack Palance

Password (1964) - Lauren Bacall & Jack Palance

Password (Tournament of Champions - May 22, 1967)

Password (Tournament of Champions - May 22, 1967)

See AlsoEdit

Password (1971)
Password Plus
Super Password
Password (1997 proposed revival)
Million Dollar Password
Subconscious Password