Joe Kelly (1940–1953)
Clifton Fadiman (1956)
Jim McKrell (1978)
Norman Lear (1981–1982)
Quiz Kids
NBC Radio: 6/28/1940 – 7/5/1953
NBC Primetime: 1/25/1949 – 10/26/1951, 7/7/1952 – 9/1/1952
CBS Sunday Afternoons: 1/13/1952 – 4/6/1952, 9/14/1952 – 1/11/1953
CBS Primetime: 1/17/1953 – 11/8/1953, 1/12/1956 – 9/27/1956
Syndication (Weekly): 4/1978 – 9/1978
CBS Cable: 10/12/1981 – 12/15/1982
Louis Cowan Productions (1940–1956)
Bennett-Katleman Productions/Columbia Television (1978)
CBS Cable/Quiz Kids Inc. (1981–1982)

An academic quiz bowl program for kids. This was one of the first ever quiz bowls hosted.



Board GamesEdit

An activity book filled with quizzes and other brain-building exercises was released by Parker Brothers in 1940 as Quiz Kids Own Game Box (NOTE: Only two different covers exist, but alas it may be the same book.)

A battery operated matching game called Quiz Kids Electric Quizzer was released by Rapaport Bros. in 1940 in which sheets of various categories were placed over the metallic game board surface while correct matches were awarded with a buzzing sounds.

Three Edition boxed games called Quiz Kids Radio Question Bee was released by Whitman in 1940, each of these editions features a set of 72 questions and answers on cards the size of playing cards.


The Quiz Kids Red and Blue Book released by Saalfield in 1941 were Hardback books featured questions and answers taken from the show. (NOTE: Later, both were released as a single volume.)

Quiz Kids Box of Questions and Answers released by Saalfield in 1941 were four slim paperback books with generally easier questions than the other quiz books, packed to gether in a cardboard box. each of them have a hundred sets of questions, grouped in sets of ten. (NOTE:The books were, The Big World, The Americans, Yesterday, Today and Tommorow and Quiz Kids Questions and Answers)

Quiz Kids and the Crazy Question Mystery by Carl W. Smith and released by Whitman in 1946, was a work of fiction in which some of the youngsters get involved in a mystery that is set in a haunted castle.

The Quiz Kids Questions and Answers book was once released by The Saalfield Publishing Company in 1941.

A Houghton Miffin book released in 1947 by Eliza Merril Hickok features a "Behind-the-Scenes" look at the show, it's host Joe Kelly and of course its young stars. written by the show's assistant program director.

Whatever Happened to the Quiz Kids by Ruth Duskin Feldman was released by Chicago Review in 1982, as it was part nostalgia and part sociology, this look back by an original Quiz Kid examines the pressures of growing up as a gifted child and the experiences of several famous children in adult lives.

Quiz Kids Paper Dolls released by Saalfiled in 1942 includes eight dolls and six pages of clothes.

Quiz Kids Follow The Dots and Find The Answers also released by Saalfield in 1942 was a simple book for very young children.


Anyone who sent a question to the producers of the show received a postcard acknowledging the contribution. Over the years, a variety of postcard designs were used, featuring host Joe Kelly and several different combinations of kids. (NOTE: Their are nine different card designs, and maybe more.)


The Quiz-Kin by Madame Alexander in 1953, the 7-inch-tall doll was a young lady who could nod "Yes" or "No" answers by nodding or shaking her head. (NOTE: Because of the collectability of Madame Alexander dolls, this is probably the single most valuable game show collectible on the market, with mint versions sold for several hundred dollars at auction)

Cancelled Game VersionEdit

A video game based on the CBS Cable version was originally going to be released for the Atari 2600 by The Great Game Company in 1983, but due to The North American Video Game Crash of '83 plans for it was scrapped and it has never been made, nor released at the time.


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Louis G. Cowan


The Quiz Kids Challenge – Aired 1990 in syndication
Bay Area Quiz Kids – Localized San Francisco academic quiz show


Josh Rebich's Quiz Kids Rule Sheets