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3rd Degree (game show)

3rd Degree is an American game show that aired in syndication from September 11, 1989 to June 8, 1990, with repeats continuing until September 7, 1990. The show was a panel game much in the vein of an earlier game show called Make the Connection, where two people with a specific connection would play against the panel.

3rd Degree
3rd Degree Logo.jpg
Genre Game Show
Created by Bert Convy
Burt Reynolds
Presented by Bert Convy
Narrated by Bob Hilton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 195
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Kline and Friends Productions
Burt and Bert Productions
Lorimar Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Original network Syndication
Original release September 11, 1989 (1989-09-11) – June 8, 1990 (1990-06-08)

3rd Degree was hosted by Bert Convy, who co-created and produced the series along with his production partner Burt Reynolds. Bob Hilton was the announcer, with Don Morrow and Michael Hanks substituting for brief periods. The series was taped at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California.

3rd Degree was a production of Burt and Bert Productions and Kline & Friends Productions, the same team behind the game show Win, Lose or Draw. The series was produced in association with Lorimar Television and distributed by Warner Bros. Television Distribution. This was the last game show Convy would host, as he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer toward the end of 3rd Degree's run and died in July 1991.



A panel of four celebrities who were split into two teams (two men, two women) faced a team of two contestants who have a special relationship between them. Two rounds were played for each civilian team; in each round, each team of celebrities had a limited time to question the contestants (or give them "the third degree", hence the name of the show). In the first round, each team of celebrities had one minute to question the contestants, and in the second round, the time was cut to 30 seconds.

When the time was up, the celebrity team in control then got to guess the relationship (or when Bert Convy asked the question, "What's the relationship?" when they were getting close to the correct relationship). An incorrect guess awarded $250 to the contestants, and stumping the panel completely won $2,000 total, which includes a $1,000 bonus.

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When 3rd Degree went to pilot, Peter Marshall was brought in to be the host. When the series was picked up for syndication, however, show producer Bert Convy decided to leave his position as the host of the syndicated edition of Win, Lose or Draw and take Marshall's place on 3rd Degree. Marshall filed a lawsuit against Convy for the action, but later dropped it after Convy's cancer diagnosis was made public.[1]


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