Game Shows Of The '60s And '70s: TV Winners (And Losers)

By | October 15, 2018

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Bob Eubanks on 'The Newslywed Game,' 1969. Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images

From the very beginning of television, classic game shows came out as popular entertainment. Contestants would jump at the chance to be on show like The Price Is Right, Password, To Tell The Truth, Truth Or Consequences and The Newlywed Game for a chance to win valuable prizes and the viewers would get just as excited as the contestants who won them. With relatable contestants and smooth-talking hosts like Bob Eubanks and Bob Barker, game shows at their best were highly entertaining human drama.

The Newlywed Game

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The Newlywed Game with Bob Eubanks

Produced by Chuck Barris, who later also produced the Dating Game, The Newlywed Game first aired in 1966 with couples competing against each other. The host, Bob Eubanks, would ask the couples a series of questions first separately and then together to see how well they knew each other and if their answers agreed. It was hilarious to watch them trying to predict what their spouse was going to say. At times, some of the couples would be embarrassed over either the questions or the response from their spouses. Other times though, the couples would end up in an argument over their incorrect responses. Reportedly, some of the newlyweds ended up divorced over it, which is sad, because it was only meant to be funny. Bob Eubanks was very entertaining as well. He would always use the term “making whoopee” when referring to “making love.” At first, it was because of the censorship of the network but later, when the networks became more “lenient” with the language, he still used that term just because it was funny and popular for him to say it.