On this date in 1979, 'Password Plus' debuted on NBC.
'Password Plus' and 'Super Password' are American TV game shows that aired separately between 1979 and 1989. Both were revivals of the game show 'Password', which originally ran from 1961 to 1975 in various incarnations. While elements of the original game show format 'Password' were modified for these two programs, both 'Password Plus' and 'Super Password' had the same general format with only subtle differences between the two. As with their predecessors, the shows featured two teams, each consisting of a celebrity and a contestant, attempting to guess a mystery word using only one-word clues.
'Password Plus' and 'Super Password' aired on NBC, and were taped on Stage 3 at NBC Studios in Burbank, California. 'Password Plus' was a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production and 'Super Password' was a Mark Goodson Production.
'Password Plus' aired from January 8, 1979, to March 26, 1982, for 801 episodes (one of which was left unaired until airing on GSN as a rerun in the mid-1990s). The program also won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show in 1982. 'Super Password' aired 1,151 episodes from September 24, 1984, to March 24, 1989.
'Password Plus' was hosted by Allen Ludden from January 1979 to April 1980, when he had to take a leave of absence from the show due to health problems. Bill Cullen substituted for Ludden during his first absence. Ludden returned in May, but he left the program in late October due to further health problems; he did not appear on television again before his 1981 death. Because Cullen had recently begun hosting 'Blockbusters', also a Goodson-Todman production airing on NBC, Tom Kennedy took over hosting and remained host until 'Password Plus' ended. Bert Convy was selected as the host for 'Super Password''s entire run.
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So sit back, relax, and enjoy the premiere episode of 'Password Plus':