Video Village
CBS Primetime, July 1,1960-September 16, 1960; CBS Daytime, July 11, 1960-June 15, 1962
Run time
30 Minutes
Host "The Mayor"
Jack Narz (1960), Red Rowe (1960), Monty Hall (1960-1962)
Announcer "Town Crier"
Kenny Williams
CBS Studio 52, New York City, New York (July 1960-March 10, 1961); CBS Studio 43, Los Angeles, California (March 13, 1961-June 1962)

Video Village was a game show.

Game FormatEdit

Two contestants played the role of tokens on a human-size game board with three streets: Money Street, Bridge Street and Magic Mile. Players advanced according to the roll of a large six-sided die in a chuck-a-luck, rolled on the sidelines by a partner (almost always a spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend) and called out by announcer Williams. After Video Village moved to California, the die was replaced by an electric randomizer. Any time a player landed on the space their opponent was on, they could either take an extra turn or force their opponent to return to the beginning of that street.

The squares changed throughout the show's run, but some of the more notable ones included:

  • Money squares: Located on Money Street, contestants received between $5–$20 depending on the space.
  • Bus Stop, Do It Yourself and Take A Chance: Players landing on any one of these spaces must draw a card and follow the instructions written on the card.
  • Jail: Located between Money Street and Bridge Street, contestants could be sent here either by landing on a "Go to Jail" space or drawing a card which instructed them to do so. To get out, the contestant had to successfully predict whether their roll would be either even or odd.
  • Ask the Council: Located on Money Street and Magic Mile, the contestant was asked a humorous, open-ended question. He/she won cash if the audience — acting as the "council" — was judged to agree.
  • Finders Keepers: The first player to land on this space received a prize.
  • Shops: Located on the Magic Mile, these were five themed "stores" (Bank, Appliance Store, Jewelry Store, etc.) which each contained a prize. The first contestant to land on the store's space won that prize.
  • Safety Zone: Any player landing here is safe from any penalty imposed by their opponent.
  • 1-2-3 Go: Any player landing on this space remained on it until getting a 1, 2, or 3.
  • Exchange Places: The very last square on the board before the two "Finish" lines, the unlucky contestant who landed here must change places with their opponent—no matter how far back he or she was.

The first contestant to reach either of the two "Finish" spaces (they had to do so by an exact roll) won the game and the right to return to play in the next game. Both contestants kept the cash and prizes they accumulated.

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Theme Song LyricsEdit

Video Village SongEdit

Oh, Video Village is the place
Where people wear a happy face
There's so many things to see and do
For you, and you, and you!

The Village Bus SongEdit

Oh, hop aboard the Village Bus and away we go
I lead and I will really try to drive it nice and slow
We bump, bump bump and beep, beep, beep
But no one seem to fuss
Oh what fun it is to have them both with us
Yes, oh what fun it is to ride the Village Bus!


International VersionsEdit

Main Article: Video Village/International


Board GameEdit

Milton Bradley (1960)


Episode StatusEdit


See AlsoEdit