Haggis Baggis

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Haggis Baggis
Created byJoe Cates
Presented byJack Linkletter (nighttime)
Fred Robbins
(daytime, 1958-1959)
Dennis James (1959)
Narrated byBill Wendell
Jerry Damon
Country of originUnited States
Running time24 mins.
Original release
ReleaseJune 30, 1958 (1958-06-30) –
June 19, 1959 (1959-06-19)

Haggis Baggis is an American game show that aired on NBC from 1958 to 1959.[1] Jack Linkletter hosted the primetime version while Fred Robbins and Dennis James did the daytime show. The announcer was Bill Wendell, with some editions announced by Jerry Damon.

The series was produced by Rainbow Productions, otherwise known as Joe Cates Productions, and created by William T. Naud.[2]

Game play[edit]

Two players, usually women, competed. The object was to identify an image of a celebrity's face, which was concealed behind a 5×5 grid, with the horizontal dimension showing letters and the vertical dimension showing categories. The host announced a category and one of the letters. Then the player in control had to come up with a word or phrase that fit the category. For each acceptable answer given, a piece of the picture connected to the category and letter was revealed. When a signal sounded after four combinations were played (two per player), the game continued with the player choosing a category, then a letter, and finally an answer which fit both criteria. The first player to solve the picture won the game and became champion. In the event that either contestant would make a mistake on the picture, the game automatically went to the opponent. The winner of the game would get the better role in the bonus round and earn the right to play the next game.

In the bonus game the winner would secretly choose one of two prizes titled "Haggis (luxury items)" or "Baggis (utilitarian items)". If the opponent picked the other package, each contestant won the prizes they chose; if not, then only the champion won whatever she selected.

Champions could stay on the program until defeated.

Broadcast history[edit]

The series debuted on June 30, 1958 in both daytime and nighttime. The daytime series was hosted by Fred Robbins from the June 30 debut until he resigned February 6, 1959. The following Monday, Dennis James took over and hosted through the end of the daytime run; James noted on his first episode that he was given no warning that he was taking over the show, forcing him to learn the rules of the game on the fly.

The nighttime series ran from June 30 to September 29, 1958 with Linkletter as host. Linkletter refused to do the daytime version so as to not compete with his father Art Linkletter.

Episode status[edit]

The series has not been rerun and is most likely wiped due to network policies at the time. For NBC in particular, this was quite common through 1980.[citation needed]

Two episodes are known to exist, both hosted by Jack Linkletter, which are held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[3] James's first episode, likely from the personal library he maintained during his lifetime[4] (now managed by his son Brad), also exists.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Hyatt, Wesley (1997). The Encyclopedia of Daytime Television. Watson-Guptill Publications. p. 205. ISBN 978-0823083152. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  2. ^ "William T. Naud, the game show guy".
  3. ^ Haggis Baggis at the UCLA Archive
  4. ^ Dennis James


  • The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows, 2nd ed.; 1995 Schwartz, Ryan, and Wostbrock

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