Let's Make a Deal (1963–1977)

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Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 ... See full summary »

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1975 | 1963
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Series cast summary:
 Himself - Host (2 episodes, 1963-1975)
Carol Merrill ...
 Herself - Model (2 episodes, 1963-1975)


Monty Hall hosts this hilarious half-hour gameshow in which audience contestants picked at random, dressed in ridiculous costumes, try to win cash or prizes by choosing curtain number 1, 2 or 3. Before the contestant could decide, Monty would tempt them with something from within a small box, or flash cash in front of them. It was the contestant's chance to win something big, but deep down, they knew they might get "zonked" by choosing the wrong curtain. Some contestants actually ended up with a donkey or pig, or other rotten prize, and some actually came out with cars, cash or jewelry. Near the end of every show, Monty would give out cash prizes to anyone carrying whatever it was he asked for. You should see some of the strange things people carry! Written by Dan Smith <danbo@scorpius-inc.com>

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Family | Game-Show






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30 December 1963 (USA)  »

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(1963-1967) | (1967-1977)

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1.33 : 1
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When the show first aired, the contestants wore normal everyday business attire. Monty Hall recalls that during one of the early airings, a contestant came dressed as a chicken, and he picked her. A few days later, someone else wore an outlandish costume and once again he picked her. The rest, as they say, is history. See more »


Announcer: These people, dressed as they are, come from all over the United States to make deals here in the Marketplace of America. Let's! Make! A Deal! And now, here's America's Top Trader, TV's Big Dealer, Monty Hall!
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Referenced in The Big Bang Theory: The 21-Second Excitation (2010) See more »


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Great Game show
8 June 2007 | by (Houston) – See all my reviews

God I love this show. It is back on GSN so life is good. I love this show when it first came on. Something about the colors and the spontaneity's of the contestants made it very addicting. Monty Hall has to be one of the best hosts ever. He did not know what to expect, what decision was going to be made so he had to deal with the unknown which is how the contestant is going to react. I just saw one when a woman chased him around the audience. He is very quick on his feet. And cool as a cucumber. And a quick thinker. I do not think he gets the credit he deserves.

He also has two sidekicks Carol Merril and Jay Stewart. Both were very active, more then let's say a Vanna White and the announcer on The Price is Right. Jay had to be the hardest working guy on TV. One minute he is announcing and bringing trays back and forth, the next second he is dressed as a old lady who is sitting on this giant rocking chair as a Zonk. Carol who is a one lady Barkers Beauty presents most of the stage prizes and she also gets dressed up for zonks too.

What fascinates me about the show now is they we can see how much appliances have changed and how much cars were. I just saw a brand new station wagon for 4,000 dollars. I have seen this show give away high charged Camaro's worth at the time 2500 dollars. We see side by side refrigerators in that horrible yellow or green color with no water or ice on the door. Microwaves were all called radar ranges. Defunct food chains like Tasty Kreme, perfumes that I haven't heard about in years, such as Evening in Paris. Quasar Color TV's in those old fashion cabinets. Quadiphonic stereos, or that brand Electrophonic, what ever happened to them? Vacations on defunct airlines like Braniff, Pan Am and Eastern. Giving away fur coats like a chinchilla worth 5000 dollars.

It is a trip down memory lane every time I watch the show. The Price is Right obviously took some ideas from this show. Not the original Price is Right with Bill Cullen but the newer incarnation of it that was hosted by Denns Day and Bob Barker I am going to tape this show now so when GSN takes if off its schedule again I will be able to go back in time anytime I want.

If you are looking for a fast paced show check this out. Monty Hall is flawless. Carol is great. I believe she is related to some big actor but I can't think of who it is. And watch Jay. He does more changes then a high price model during Fashion week in NYC.

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