Sunday, January 1, 2017
My truth about TTTT
While it's always nice to see a game show format endure for decades through many different versions, TTTT has never been a personal favorite of mine. I put it on my top fifty list for historical reasons, but there are a lot of other game shows - and panel shows in particular - that I would rather watch.
My main complaint with the format is its wandering nature. The panelists bounce around and fire off questions of their own, and we never develop a consistent hunt for the solution, as on What's My Line or I've Got a Secret. On ABC's new version the questioning seems even more random, as the show hops from panelist to panelist.
I've got a lot of disagreement on this assessment, of course. No less than Mark Goodson proclaimed To Tell the Truth to be his favorite format, ahead of even Family Feud (see Irv Broughton's Producers on Producing). And John O'Hurley thought that his stint as host of one of the syndie versions was his best gig in show business. So what do I know?