First episode: September 20, 1982
Last episode: September 16, 1983
Seen weekday mornings 10:30-11:00 on CBS 
 
Contestants try to identify subjects based on definitions given by children.

One of the all-time biggest Goodson-Todman disappointments. The premise seemed to have unlimited possibilities, the kids were clever and adorable, but the game itself was derivative, simplistic and dull.  At the time, Bill referred to this series as one of his personal favorites, although that was probably more for publicity purposes than anything else.  It does have its fans.

Two children seen defining words would later become familiar faces in film and TV. Actress and noted party girl Tara Reid (American Pie, Urban Legend, Josie and the Pussycats, Taradise) and actor Breckin Meyer (Garfield, Robot Chicken) could both be seen defining words on the show.  Arguably the best remembered child player from the series, Sascha Segan, is today a freelance journalist with his own website.

Read the original Variety review from September, 1982
Read the April 16, 1983 TV Guide review too!

Two pilot episodes, with rules and game play very similar to what eventually aired, were recorded on May 11, 1982.  The pilot called the show a Mark Goodson-Bill Todman production, but the show that aired became the first to be credited just to Mark Goodson Productions.  (Todman had died in 1979.)


VIDEO        
All episodes survive and have been seen on GSN: The Network for Games.

See the kids define "Bill Cullen":  
 
See Bill's birthday celebrated on the show:  

FOR MORE INFORMATION
 
Screen grabs, more facts and a Sascha Segan interview at Adam Nedeff's Bill Cullen's World
The Child's Play page on Wikipedia
Information about the slightly different pilot episodes at Mike Burger's Game Show Pilot Light