'To Tell the Truth' is funnier than ever thanks to some 'Black-ish' mother-son chemistry

‘To Tell the Truth’ continues its humorous run with Anthony Anderson as the host and his mother Mama Doris as the scorekeeper.


                            'To Tell the Truth' is funnier than ever thanks to some 'Black-ish' mother-son chemistry

The next episode of ABC’s hit show ‘To Tell the Truth’  will bring together Yvette Nicole Brown, Laverne Cox, Tony Hale and Jalen Rose in a night filled with entertainment and a fair share of detective work.

The season 3 episode airs on Sunday, July 1 (10:00–11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Network, streaming and on demand.

Still from 'To Tell the Truth' episode 312 (abc)
Still from 'To Tell the Truth' episode 312 (abc)

The newest season of the game show is a humorous take on the 1956 version. In fact, ‘To Tell the Truth’ is one of one of America’s longest-running game shows, being the only game show apart from ‘The Price is Right’ to air new episodes in every single decade since it was first released.

In every episode, the celebrity panel is presented with several participants who take on interesting roles like a hobbit hole builder or a shipwreck treasure hunter or even a Bond girl.

In each round, the panel is presented with three participants who all claim to be the same person with the same job and achievements. The twist lies in the fact that two of the participants are attempting to deceive the panel while only one of them is sworn to tell to the truth.

The celebrities and participants engage in an extensive question and answer session, where the panel drills each participant mercilessly in an attempt to figure out who is truly telling the truth.

“To Tell the Truth” is hosted by the star of ABC’s hit comedy series ‘Black-ish,’ Anthony Anderson. And the scorekeeper is none other than his Black-ish costar and mother, Mama Doris. If you thought Anderson was funny, wait till you hear Mama Doris’ witty remarks. Their hilarious chemistry on the show only adds to the entertainment.

Anthony told US Weekly that having his mother on set creates several challenges.

He said: "I have a laundry list [of complaints]!" he says. "First of all, my mother thinks the show is all about her!" Anderson laughs at his mom's scene-stealing tricks.

He also added that having her on the show was definitely not his idea, and he had quite a funny story to back up why not.

He told US Weekly, “We were actually on Celebrity Family Feud and the question to us was, 'If there was a naked magician on stage, where would he pull a rabbit out of?' And my mother screamed, 'His nuts!' And it brought the house down, and probably cost us the game — we lost to the Braxton family." 

The comedian says he was ready to do post-show damage control. "The producers came to us after, and said, 'Hey Anthony, we want to talk to you about your mother.' I said, 'I'm sorry, I told you she was a live wire! I'm so sorry, I'll talk to her about this.' And they said, 'No, we love her and want to talk to you about bringing her on To Tell the Truth to work with you!' And that's how she was brought onto our show."

Given the perky nature of this game show and of course the hilarious mother-son relationship Anthony shares with Mama Doris, “To Tell the Truth” makes for quite an entertaining watch.