The Bootleg Files: Storybook Squares

BOOTLEG FILES 689: “Storybook Squares” (TV game show that aired in the 1969 and 1976-77 seasons).

LAST SEEN: Three episodes are on YouTube.


REASON FOR BOOTLEG STATUS: A mostly-lost series.

CHANCES OF SEEING A COMMERCIAL DVD RELEASE: Unlikely unless the lost shows are recovered.

One of the most popular game shows in U.S. television history was “Hollywood Squares,” which placed nine celebrities in an oversized tic-tac-toe set for a game that mixed trivia questions with laughs. The series ran from 1966 to 1981 and appeared in a daytime show that aired on weekdays and a syndicated nighttime version that initially aired once a week and was later made into a twice-a-week offering.
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The Paul Lynde Story

During the 1960s and 1970s, Paul Lynde was one of the funniest men in films and television. On this show, we learn about the comic actor’s off-screen world from Cathy Rudolph, a trusted friend of Lynde who recalled his life in the biography “Paul Lynde: A Biography – His Life, His Love(s) and His Laughter,” published by BearManor Media.

The episode can be heard here.