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You're in the Picture is a 1961 American game show that aired on CBS and is hosted by Jackie Gleason (best known for TV shows like The Honeymooners). It is known to have air on the same day as new United States president John F. Kennedy's inauguration on January 20.

The show's first episode was so universally panned by critics and the audience alike that a second episode (supposed to air on January 27) never even aired but it was instead replaced with an apology by Jackie Gleason; coincidently, it lead to a short revival of his talk show until March 24. It's considered by many to be one of the worst game shows ever made and ranked 9th on TV Guide's "50 Worst TV Shows of All Time" list in 2002.



A four-member celebrity panel would stick their heads into a life-sized illustration of a famous scene or song lyric and then take turns asking yes/no questions to Gleason to try to figure out what scene they were a part of. If they were able to figure out the scene, 100 CARE Packages were donated in their name; if they were stumped, the packages were donated in Gleason's name. Live music was provided by a Dixieland band (supposedly arranged by Gleason himself, who had some experience in easy listening arrangements outside his television work) under the direction of Norman Leyden.

The four celebrity contestants in the premiere were Pat Harrington Jr., Pat Carroll, Jan Sterling, and Arthur Treacher.

Why It Sucks

  1. It wasted the talents of the celebrities involved in the premiere.
  2. The concept behind the show was unworkable because the contestants often didn't know what picture they were in, resulting in a show being awkward to watch.
  3. Unfunny jokes.
  4. Even though Jackie Gleason is widely considered to be the best part of the show, he couldn't do much with the lackluster material he was given.
  5. The prize for winning the show is lame and unappealing; it was just 100 CARE Packages donated in the winner's name and Jackie Gleason's name for the losers.

Redeeming Quality

  1. The aforementioned apology for the show by Jackie Gleason is not only considered to be the best part of the show, but also one of Gleason's funniest moments in his long career.

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