Open main menu

That's My Line is a summer CBS reality show developed by Mark Goodson. Conceived in response to the success of NBC's Real People and ABC's That's Incredible!, That's My Line borrowed its name from one of Goodson and Bill Todman's earlier productions, the panel game What's My Line?, and shared its central conceit of highlighting average people with unusual occupations. Unlike the earlier show, That's My Line had no panel or game components, instead being centered around interviews and demonstrations. The series ran as a summer replacement series for two abbreviated seasons in 1980 and 1981.

That's My Line
Created byMark Goodson
Directed byLawrence Einhorn
Presented byBob Barker
StarringSuzanne Childs
Tiiu Leek
Kerry Millerick
Narrated byJohnny Olson
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons2
Production company(s)Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions
DistributorFremantle
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseAugust 9, 1980 –
September 1981

It was hosted by Bob Barker and announced by Johnny Olson, both associated with Goodson-Todman's hit game show, The Price Is Right (Olson had also been the What's My Line? announcer for many years). The series was co-hosted by Suzanne Childs and Tiiu Leek, and joined during the 1981 run by Kerry Millerick. The thrust of the show during the 1981 season also changed from unusual occupations to an emphasis on the funny, bizarre, or ridiculous.

Notable moments included voice artist Mel Blanc having a contest with an audience member on who does voice acting the best (the "audience member" being his son Noel) and magician James Randi contesting James Hydrick's psychic abilities.

Unlike most of Goodson's game shows, this had a different ending by Olson saying:

This is Johnny Olson speaking, I'm your announcer..."That's My Line!" A Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Production.