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The Hollywood Squares is an American television comedy and game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money (cash) and prizes. The "board" for the game is a 3 × 3 vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by an entertainer (or "star") seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The stars are asked questions and the contestants judge the veracity of their answers in order to win the game.

Although The Hollywood Squares was a legitimate game show, the game largely acted as the background for the show's comedy in the form of the "zingers", or joke answers, often given by the stars prior to their "real" answer. The show's writers usually supplied the zingers; in addition, the stars were given question subjects and plausible incorrect ("bluff") answers prior to the show. (The show was scripted in this sense, but the gameplay was not, as a contestant's success was based upon knowing whether the celebrity's "real" answer was correct.) In any case, as host Peter Marshall explains at the beginning of the "Secret Square" game, the celebrities are briefed prior to show to help them with bluff answers, but they are otherwise hearing the actual questions as they are asked on air.

Highlights
Ernest Borgnine on being "Center Square" on Hollywood Squares
Bruce Vilanch on writing for The Hollywood Squares; on writing for that show versus a pagaent shw
Melissa Gilbert on appearing on Hollywood Squares and dining with Paul Lynde
Tom Bergeron on a prank pulled on him on Hollywood Squares
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Tom Bergeron

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Tom Bergeron on a prank pulled on him on Hollywood Squares
Tom Bergeron on hosting Hollywood Squares
Tom Bergeron on his memories of Hollywood Squares
Tom Bergeron on his recollections of 9/11
Tom Bergeron on Whoopi Goldberg helping him at NAPTE

Ernest Borgnine

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Ernest Borgnine on being "Center Square" on Hollywood Squares

Bill Daily

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Bill Daily on appearing on Hollywood Squares

Kevin Eubanks

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Kevin Eubanks on appearing on Hollywood Squares

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Hollywood Squares

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on getting asked to do Hollywood Squares just as he finished The Gong Show
Jamie Farr on the original Hollywood Squares

Harry Friedman

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Harry Friedman on writing for the celebrities on Hollywood Squares
Harry Friedman on moving to Los Angeles and being hired to write for Hollywood Squares
Harry Friedman on the premise and rules of Hollywood Squares
Harry Friedman on what he learned from working on Hollywood Squares
Harry Friedman on working with Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall
Harry Friedman on becoming a producer at Hollywood Squares
Harry Friedman on the end of Hollywood Squares
Harry Friedman on producing the 1986 revival of Hollywood Squares

Pamela Fryman

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Pamela Fryman on working on The New Hollywood Squares

Michael Gelman

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Michael Gelman on becoming the New York producer for Hollywood Squares

Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert on appearing on Hollywood Squares and dining with Paul Lynde

Mary Lynn Gottfried

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Mary Lynn Gottfried on booking talent for Hollywood Squares

Monty Hall

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Monty Hall on scripted jokes on Hollywood Squares

Florence Henderson

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Florence Henderson on her appearances on Hollywood Squares

Roger King

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Roger King on King World reviving, producing, and distributing The Hollywood Squares with Whoopi Goldberg as the center square, and on distributing Martha Stewart Living

Rose Marie

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Rose Marie on her long tenure as a panelist on The Hollywood Squares

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on working with his friend George Gobel on Hollywood Squares 
Peter Marshall on how he came to host Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on the history of Hollywood Squares before he became host
Peter Marshall on the first tapings of Hollywood Squares and changes he brought to the show
Peter Marshall on working with producers Bob Quigley and Merrill Heatter on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on Groucho Marx not working for Hollywood Squares and Robert Fuller being the best game player
Peter Marshall on the Hollywood Squares regulars and Paul Lynde leaving the show
Peter Marshall on solving Milton Berle's backstage problems on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on Gloria Swanson appearing on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on Wally Cox on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on his friendship with Sammy Davis, Jr.
Peter Marshall on Rose Marie on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on Cliff Arquette on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on Joan Rivers on Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on his Emmy Awards for Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on the production team of Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on the set of Hollywood Squares and the prizes
Peter Marshall on the cancellation of Hollywood Squares
Peter Marshall on returning to host the syndicated version of Hollywood Squares in 2002

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on appearing on The Hollywood Squares
Wink Martindale on appearing on The Hollywood Squares "Game Show Host Week"

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on producing the relaunched Hollywood Squares

Della Reese

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Della Reese on appearing on The Hollywood Squares

Joan Rivers

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Joan Rivers on appearing as the center square on Hollywood Squares

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on creating The Hollywood Squares with Heatter-Quigley and Bob Stewart while head of daytime CBS, and on making the "one of [his] worst calls" by giving it up to Larry Phillips, head of daytime at NBC

Caroll Spinney

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Caroll Spinney on appearing on Hollywood Squares

Bruce Vilanch

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Bruce Vilanch on writing for The Hollywood Squares; on writing for that show versus a pagaent shw
Bruce Vilanch on appearing on Hollywood Squares after having written for the show in the past

Jimmie Walker

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Jimmie Walker on appearing on Match Game and Hollywood Squares

Dawn Wells

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Dawn Wells on being on Hollywood Squares

Henry Winkler

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Henry Winkler on producing Hollywood Squares and popular "square" Paul Lynde

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on being offered a job to write for Paul Lynde on Hollywood Squares

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