The Match Game (1962–1969)

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This is the 1st edition of the program. Composed of 2 teams of 3 Members (2 in-studio team members & 1 star team captain) are writing answers to an question {e.g.: Name a part of a chicken}... See full summary »

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1969 | 1968 | 1967 | 1966 | 1965 | 1964 | 1963 | 1962
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
Gene Rayburn ...
 Himself - Host / ... (411 episodes, 1962-1969)
Johnny Olson ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (318 episodes, 1962-1968)


This is the 1st edition of the program. Composed of 2 teams of 3 Members (2 in-studio team members & 1 star team captain) are writing answers to an question {e.g.: Name a part of a chicken} that read by the host (Gene Rayburn) and one member of the team wrote the answer {e.g.: Leg}. The 1st and 2nd Members of the team has the same answer that matched and that'll be worth 25 points (10 points-early in the run from December 31, 1962 to April 5, 1963) and the star team captain matched the same answer and that'll be worth 50 points (20 points). The 1st Team score 100 points wins the game and collect $100 and played "The Studio Audience Match." In "The Studio Audience Match", That has 3 secret survey questions that all occurs the date that held the questions prior to the broadcast of "The MATCH GamE". Each 1 of the 3 secret survey questions that has the all-time popular answer will be match by the same 3 members of the winning team. Each match answer that determine what he or she thinking ... Written by Ben Hallums <>

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31 December 1962 (USA)  »

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(1752 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The show's original theme song was "A Swingin Safari" by Bert Kaempfert. See more »


Referenced in Lucky Numbers (2000) See more »


(A Swingin' Safari 1967-1969)
(1967 to 1969)
Performed by The Score Production Band
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Match Game- Nice But Lacked Creativity **1/2
11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When you think of it, The Match Game was a game show that lacked complete creativity. The premise of the show was that contestants had to pick out phrases that the audience had picked up on. In other words, you couldn't be creative here. You had to pick what you thought the majority of 100+ people or so had said. Some of the contestants would act like exhibitionists. They would come off with some ridiculous statements just to show how foolish or creative they could be. Stick to the basics please.

In other words, how did the majority complete this phrase? Hello_________________. Good answers would include Dolly, etc.

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