The Quiz Show Scandal
American Experience Season 4

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This program is part of the American Experience series produced by PBS. In this episode, the viewer returns to the early days of television. One of the biggest programs of that era was The $64,000 Question. Viewers were riveted to their television sets as contestants vied for the big prize. The revelation that the show was fixed, with contestants being fed answers in advance, caused a broadcasting scandal and viewer disillusionment. Archival clips of this famous show on CBS are presented as well as some clips from its competitors. Personal recollections and commentary by historians put the phenomenon's impact in perspective.