1 9 6 1 – 1 9 6 2 (USA)
30 minute episodes
This daytime game show from CBS was hosted by George Fenneman and featured a trio of contestants asking questions about various gift-wrapped “surprise packages” hidden behind them on stage but visible to the home viewer.
Contestants received a maximum of five clues about each package and could ask questions between receiving each clue.
Each question cost the player some of the money from their initial kitty, whose total amount was equal to the value of the “surprise package,” thus encouraging them to get the right answer early.
The most expensive prize on the debut was a stereo hi-fi set.
The Hollywood-based Your Surprise Package replaced the military-themed soap opera The Clear Horizon in March 1961. When the show ended in February 1962, its replacement was a new version of The Clear Horizon.
The game show was created by Al Singer (who was also the executive producer of the show), directed by Hal Cooper and produced by Allan Sherman.
George Fenneman died from respiratory failure at his home in Los Angeles, California, on 29 May 1997, at the age of 77.