Johnny Gilbert
Fred Scott
Fast draw
Syndication (Weekly): 5/25/1968 – Fall 1968
Tele-Column Productions/Warner Brothers-Seven Arts Television

Fast Draw was, by all indication, the first ever drawing game show on television (long before Pictionary and Win, Lose or Draw).


Two teams of two consisting of one celebrity and one civilian contestant competed in a game drawing and conveying words, phrases, and names.

Main GameEdit

The first round began with the two contestants standing behind a drawing board that was about waist-high, and had 60 seconds each to draw a picture that would allow the celebrities to identify the person, place, thing, or event that was assigned to them. They alternated turns drawing for 10 seconds (30 total for both players). After 10 seconds passed for the first player, the second one would immediately start drawing (accompanied by Gilbert's call to "Draw!"). When the celebrity partner of the drawing contestant thought he/she knew the identity of the subject, he/she would hit a buzzer. The contestant would then stop drawing and the celebrity would give his/her guess (usually accompanied with a brief explanation/interpretation of what they saw on the board). If the buzz-in celebrity was right, the team was awarded one point for each second left on the clock. If nobody guessed the identity of the subject after 60 seconds, a cuckoo clock sounded, the subject was thrown out, and they started again.

There were three rounds in a game; after each round, the celebrities and the contestants would switch places. After three rounds, the team with the highest score won the game and got to play the bonus round. The civilian member of that team was also awarded $100. The runner-up received a consolation prize.

Bonus GameEdit

In the bonus round, the celebrity had 30 seconds to communicate a "potluck" subject to the contestant (who was not told the category of the subject). The contestant could yell out as many guesses as he/she wanted without having to buzz in or explain it, and if the subject was successfully guessed, the player won a color television set.

Flyer AdEdit

Episode StatusEdit

Only one episode is known to exist, with guest stars Anita Gillette and Robert Alda.


WNEW-TV Studios, New York City, NY


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YouTube VideosEdit

The only existing episode:

The same episode as above, but as a complete copy.