The evening's central characters are a mineral-prospecting professor, the president of the National Safety Council, and a woman who lived on a credit card for a full month.

This Date in History: December 18, 1956

CBS premieres "To Tell the Truth" at 9pm with panelists Polly Bergen, John Cameron Swayze, Hildy Parks, and Dick Van Dyke. Bud Collyer hosts. The series' first contestants are West Virginia Governor-elect Cecil Underwood and sportswriter/cartoonist Jean Hoffman, both of whom stump the panel and audience. The audience vote is scrapped after the first show but returns a decade later.

The classic guessing game in which a panel questions three contestants in order to discern the only expert, "To Tell the Truth" remains an enduring Goodson-Todman panel show.

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Series Four: 1990-91
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Series Five: 2000-02
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Series Three: 1980-81
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