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Truth or Consequences

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Truth or Consequences is not to be confused with the parlor game called Consequences.

Truth or Consequences was an American quiz show, originally hosted on radio by Ralph Edwards from 1940 to 1957, and later on television by Bob Barker from 1956 to 1975.

The idea of the show was to mix the original quiz element of game shows with wacky stunts. On the show, people had to answer a trivia question correctly (usually an off-the-wall question that no one would be able to answer correctly) before "Beulah the Buzzer" was sounded. If the contestant could not complete the "Truth" portion, there would be "Consequences," usually a zany and embarrassing stunt.

Cultural references

  • The town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico named itself after the game show in 1950 (its former name was Hot Springs, a reference to its main tourist attraction). Ralph Edwards announced that he would do the program from the first town that renamed itself after the show.


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