Super Password

The password is…. banana.

Before Kennedy was shot and before anyone had heard of The Beatles, there was Password.

And there at the podium was Allen Ludden, who presided over the festivities as celebrities (more often than not, one was Betty White) and ‘everyday’ folk tried to guess the secret word.

Flash-forward to the 80s, and everything old is suddenly new again. Yes, Mr. Ludden had already gone to that great prize vault in the sky, but a dapper young man named Bert Convy was there to step in and bring us what has become one of our favorite 80s game shows: Super Password!

You see, regular ol’ Password just wouldn’t cut it anymore. We needed to step things up a notch, so the tired idea of just trying to guess words was out like the horse and buggy. NOW, those words actually meant something. Each round, the celebrites (yes, Betty White was back for this go-round, too) and the ‘everyday’ folk had one four chances to guess the password. In all, they’d try to get five passwords that were clues to a single puzzle. The most obscure clues would come first, but after all five passords had been solved, you’d have to be brain dead to not figure it out.

Let’s try, shall we?

The first password is “slippery”. Any guesses? Eel, maybe? BUZZ!

The second password is “chewy”. Ok, so something slippery and chewy. Ewww.

The third password is “shell”. Clam!  BUZZ!

The fourth password is “pearl”. Bailey? No, just kidding. It’s Oyster!

Ding! Ding! Ding!

See? That wasn’t so hard, was it? Of course, a lot of times the fun wasn’t even the game itself but some of the idiotic guesses and wildly off-base clues that kept Super Password fun for all those years. Well, that and the Magic Toaster that Bert brought out for the Ca$hword bonus round.

Super Password finally closed up shop in March 1989, after more than 1,000 episodes over five years.

The password is… awesome.

We ♥ Super Password.


~ by weheart80s on April 21, 2011.

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