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KTLA (Weekly): 11/13/1947 – 1/1949
KTTV (Weekly): 1/1949 – 1954? (distributed to WCBS from 9/1949 and in syndication during the 1950s)
CBS Primetime: 7/3/1950 – 9/25/1950, 7/2/1951 – 8/20/1951, 7/4/1952 – 9/26/1952, 7/10/1953 – 8/28/1953, 7/9/1954 – 8/27/1954, 7/8/1955 – 9/30/1955, 7/6/1956 – 9/7/1956, 7/5/1957 – 9/6/1957
NBC Primetime: 1/2/1952 – 3/26/1952
DuMont Primetime: 10/20/1953 – 4/13/1954
ABC Primetime: 1/22/1955 – 3/6/1955, 4/8/1958 – 9/2/1958, 6/8/1959 – 9/28/1959
ABC Daytime: 5/18/1959 – 10/9/1959
Unsold Pilot: 1962
Unsold Pilot for Daily Syndication: 1983
Mike Stokey Productions
Metromedia Productions (1983)

Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz was the first game show to be based on the parlor game Charades; it gave life to a few other game shows using this type of format.


Two teams of four celebrities (consisting of three regulars & one guest) competed in this TV adaptation of Charades. In each round, one member of each team had two minutes to get his/her teammates to say famous phrases, quotes & names. But he/she had to do that by acting it out (using pantomime). The team to do that in the least amount of time won the round, and the team with the fastest time for all phrases won the game.

In addition, home viewers got in on the fun by sending their won phrases to the show. The viewers whose phrases were used on the show won cash or prizes; plus the viewers whose phrases stumped the stars (phrases that were not guessed by the teams in less than two minutes) won a bonus.


Sandra Spence
Virginia Dwyer
Spring Mitchell


"Huckleberry Duck" by Raymond Scott


Mike Stokey


Various game booklets were released since 1959. In a thin 11x7" spiral-bound game booklet featuring rules, hints, and 300 "stumpers" that had been used on the long-running charades game.

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Taping Locations[]

Los Angeles, CA (1947–1953)
New York City, NY (1953–1959)

International Version[]

An Australian version aired in 1957 on Melbourne station GTV-9 and Sydney station ATN-7, with Harry Dearth, George Foster and Jim Russell among those appearing, but proved to be short-lived, running from March to November.


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Pantomime Quiz was the first TV show to earn an Emmy.

The show was revived as Stump the Stars, and later as Celebrity Charades.

Pantomime Quiz was scheduled to be revived in the 1980s with Metromedia as the distributor, but that never occurred.

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Guests Elaine Stritch & Hans Conried

Guest Star Vincent Price