How to look at 61 from his mind and intellect – reality is blurry
I was first introduced to Betty White as Rose Nylund on The golden girls in 1985, but decades before taking on the role, Betty was already a television star and actually began her long career in unscripted television.
Betty, who died on New Year’s Eve at 99, co-hosted and then solo-hosted a variety show called Hollywood on TVand later hosted and produced his own 1952 variety show, The Betty White Show.
After that, decades of game show appearances, some of which will soon be back on our TVs.
Yes, long before she starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Sue Ann Nivens; to The Carol Burnett Show and Mom’s family as Ellen Harper; or as Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia’s roommate The golden girlsBetty was a game show star.
Betty has appeared on several versions of Passwordon which she met her husband, Allen Ludden, who was the host of Password. She also appeared on Tell the truth, I have a secret, Matching game, Pyramidand many more.
If you haven’t seen her appearances on game shows, Betty is still terrific: smart and funny, improvising as naturally as she inhabited her characters.
First, for even more Betty White, Hulu just added The Golden Palacethe spinoff i’ll appreciate for featuring 22 episodes of betty white, rue mclanahan and estelle getty i haven’t seen in years, though its just not the same without bea arthur, and the writing is really below average compared to The golden girls.
But we’re here to talk about how to watch Betty’s unscripted work.
Betty White marathons game show for her 100th birthday
To find out how this fits into his long television career, which includes music videos, watch Betty White: First Lady of Television, an hour-long documentary that PBS is now streaming for free; it’s also on Netflix.
Some of Betty’s many game show appearances have made their way onto the internet, like this episode of great password from 1987 which stars Betty White, Estelle Getty and Lucille Ball, or a 1964 episode of Password in which she is introduced as “the charming television movie star, Alan Ludden’s beautiful wife, Betty White”.
But thanks to two cable TV networks, you’ll be able to watch marathons of these episodes.
The Buzzr Network has scheduled a “Betty White Tribute,” two days of Betty White appearances, on Sunday and Monday, January 16 and 17. (Buzzr airs classic game shows and can be watched for free through PlutoTV or through Amazon’s IMDb TV if you don’t get it on cable.)
Monday’s broadcasts, which would have been Betty’s 100th birthday, include appearances spanning more than 61 years of Betty’s career.
Here is his two-day schedule:
- On Sunday, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET, Buzzr will air five episodes of Password from 1967, followed by 12 episodes of password more from 1979 and 1980, then 14 episodes of great password 1985 and 1986
- Monday, starting at 8 a.m. ET, Buzzr will air Betty White episodes of:
- Establish connection from 1955
- Tell the truth from 1959
- Password and what is my line from 1963
- What is my line? and I have a secret from 1972
- Tales from 1977
- Matching game from 1979
- Phew! from 1980
- Trivial trap from 1984
- great password from 1989
- Tell the truth from 1990 to 2016
- then back to Tell the truth from 1967 and 1968.
For specific hours in your area, see Buzzr’s schedule.
Also on Monday, Game Show Network will air a marathon with two different shows:
- From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET, there are eight episodes of the Dick Clark version of The $25,000 Pyramid 1980s
- From 1-2 p.m. ET, GSN airs two episodes of the Gene Rayburn-hosted version of Matching game