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John Byner
Stacey Kim Haley
John Harlan
Syndication (Daily): 9/5/1988 – 6/23/1989
Kushner-Locke Company
The Maltese Companies
Select Media Communications

"Welcome to Relatively Speaking, the show that climbs into the branches of the world's most celebrated family trees. And to play today's game, here's our celebrity panel: (insert four celebrity panelists), and here's the star of Relatively Speaking, John Byner!"

Relatively Speaking was a syndicated game show where four celebrities tried to identify a famous person who was related to an in-studio contestant.


Main Rounds[]

In the first two (later three) rounds, the celebrity panel asked yes or no questions to the contestant. The panelist in control kept asking questions until he/she got a "no" (similar to What's My Line? and the later series Figure it Out).

The contestant won a growing prize package for each "no" answer. If the panel got eight "no" answers (unlike What's My Line? in which they were allowed 10), they were stumped and the contestant won a grand prize package (dubbed the "Super Stumper Jackpot").

Final Round: Celebrity Round[]

In the final round of the day, the final contestant(s) appeared along with another celebrity guest who was related to that player. Each & every one of them were hidden away from the panel by a partition which slid out from the front wall. The contestant still won an accumulating prize package; and regardless if the panel was stumped or not, the celebrity's winnings got donated to charity.


In early episodes, before the first round of gameplay, a video clip was shown of Byner impersonating a famous character or person while explaining the rules of the game, an example on the premiere showing him impersonating Indiana Jones.


  • Stations that aired this included:
  • New York - WNBC 
  • Los Angeles - KNBC 
  • Chicago - WPWR 
  • Atlanta - WXIA 
  • Albuquerque - KGGM 
  • Baltimore - WNUV 
  • Baton Rouge - WVLA 
  • Buffalo - WNYB 
  • Charlotte - WJZY 
  • Dallas - KDFI 
  • Detroit - WXYZ 
  • Houston - KHTV 
  • Kansas City - KZKC 
  • La Crosse - WXOW 
  • Orlando - WESH 
  • Phoenix - KPHO 
  • Raleigh - WKFT 
  • Richmond - WXEX 
  • Sacramento - KSCH 
  • Washington D.C. - WDCA 
  • Madison - WMSN 
  • Des Moines - WHO 
  • Burlington, IA - KJMH 
  • Cedar Rapids - KDUB 
  • Boston - WNDS 
  • Spokane - KHQ 
  • Norfolk - WTVZ 
  • San Francisco - KBHK 
  • Indianapolis - WXIN 
  • Columbus - WTTE 
  • Dayton - WRGT 
  • Green Bay - WXGZ 
  • Minneapolis - KLGT 
  • Milwaukee - WITI 
  • Tulsa - KTUL 
  • Pittsburgh - WPGH 
  • Philadelphia - WTXF 
  • Mobile - WFGX 
  • Miami - WCIX 
  • Peoria - WHOI 
  • Honolulu - KHMT 
  • Denver - KCNC 
  • Portland, OR - KPDX 
  • Salt Lake City - KTVX 
  • Greenville, SC - WAXA

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