Based on the game of charades, and somewhat of a revival of the 1975 Goodson-Todman game show "Showoffs," Body Language replaced Tattletales on the CBS daytime schedule on June 4, 1984. Tom Kennedy hosted as two teams, consisting of a contestant and a celebrity player, played charades to solve a word puzzle to win money.
One team at a time during the main game would play the word puzzle. While one person from the team stood behind the podium (the guesser), the other would act out or give gestures (without speaking) to five words or phrases (that appeared in front of the podium) in 60 seconds. At anytime a contestant could pass on a word and go back to it if time remained.
The game had two rounds with each team playing once per round. In the first round, the celebrites acted while the contestant guessed. The word puzzle was worth $100. In the second round, the contestants acted while the celebrites guessed with the word puzzles valued at $250. The first team to reach $500 won the game. During the second year of the show, a $500 bonus (not applied toward the score of the game) was awarded to the contestant that correctly guessed all five words within 60 seconds in round two.
If neither team reached $500 after two rounds, two contestants played a playoff word puzzle worth $250. Contestants took turns revealing one of the seven blank spaces until a contestant gave a correct answer. The champion contestant had the option to start or have their opponent start.
On June 10, 1985, the contestant received the option to decide which team member acted and which guessed during the bonus round. Winning contestants returned the next day to play again up to five games without a loss, or until their winnings reached $25,000.
Originally, the losing contestant did not return, but beginning on September 24, 1984, players remained on the show until they lost two games. Additionally, the winnings limit was later increased to $50,000.
During the run of Body Language, Tom Kennedy hosted another Mark Goodson show, a syndicated version of The Price Is Right. Both shows ended their run in 1986, and Kennedy ended his legendary career as a game show host.
June 04, 1984
January 03, 1986