CBS Television Quiz was the first television game show ever to be broadcast regularly. It premiered on July 2, 1941 and ran until May 25, 1942.
CBS Television Quiz was produced by CBS Television and broadcast in black and white. The host was Gil Fates, with Frances Buss as scorekeeper.
Other game shows prior to the debut of CBS Television Quiz were "test episodes" for experimental purposes; one of these was Truth or Consequences (broadcast on July 1, 1941) while a show called Spelling Bee was broadcast on the BBC in 1938. Quiz was the first regularly-scheduled quiz program, however not the first one to be sponsored, and aired on Wednesdays at 8:30 PM.
On October 2, 1941 the series moved to Thursdays. On January 8, 1942 the show was reduced to 55 minutes for the network to present a five-minute news summary at 9:25 PM. On February 2 the show moved to Monday nights, now also preceded by a civilian-defense program (later a Red Cross program), which required the show itself to decrease to 50 minutes. The Red Cross program ended on March 30, allowing the show to re-expand to 55 minutes.
Fates would later produce and/or direct many Goodson-Todman game shows on the network, while Frances Buss (later Frances Buch) became the network's first female director.
Created by Gil Fates
Developed by Gil Fates
Presented by Gil Fates
with Frances Buss
No. of episodes 47
Executive producer(s) Gil Fates
Producer(s) Gil Fates
60 minutes (1941)
55 minutes (January/April-May 1952)
50 minutes (February-March 1952)
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run July 2, 1941 – May 25, 194