Beat the Clock (1950)

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Beat the Clock
Premiere March 23, 1950
Finale February 23, 1958
Host Bud Collyer
Network CBS
Style 45-minute/30-minute game show
Company Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions
Seasons 9
Origin USA

Beat the Clock is a prime-time game show that aired on CBS. It has had numerous revivals since.

It began on radio as Time’s A-Wastin’ in 1946 with Bill Cullen as emcee. It was renamed Beat The Clock a year later and ran to 1949. Goodson and Todman brought it back as a television show in 1950 on CBS. The premise has couples competing to complete stunts in specified time frames as dictated by a sweep-hand clock. A special segment had a member of the couple unscrambling a phrase.

The show ran on CBS prime time to 1956 then moved to daytime. It moved to ABC in 1958 where it ran to 1961. It would be revived in 1969, 1979, 2000 and 2018.



Season  Premiere Finale #
Season One March 23, 1950
Season Two 1950
Season Three 1951
Season Four 1952
Season Five 1953
Season Six 1954
Season Seven 1955
Season Eight 1956
Season Nine 1957 February 23, 1958

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