Game show in which 6 guest stars (which change from week to week) are given a humorous phrase with one word missing. The stars write down a word they think would be most appropriate for the missing word, and then two contestants try to guess what the stars have chosen. A point is given for each correct match, and the one with the most points wins. Written by
Originally when the final match was played. The contestant was allowed to choose which panelist he wanted to try and match answers with him or her ($5000 on CBS-TV & $10,000 on Syndicated). In 1978, a bonus wheel (The Star Wheel) was introduced and the contestant had to spin it and whichever celebrity the wheel stopped at was the one the contestant had to match. Also if the wheel stopped on a lucky star, the prize amount would be doubled ($10,000 on CBS-TV & $20,000 on Syndicated by Jim Victory Television). On the 1st episode that the wheel was used it landed on "Richard Dawson" and all the celebrities tried to leave the set in "disgust" as Richard Dawson was usually picked by most contestants for the original Super Match round before the wheel was introduced. See more »
Get ready to match the stars on the star-studded, big-money Match Game!
To coin an old cliche, "The just don't make 'em like this anymore." Match Game is and will always be one of my favorite game shows of all time! There's simply nothing like it. Filling in the blanks and trying to match a celebrity panel may seem silly and trite, but that simple premise provided for one of the most entertaining shows in game show history. Led by the dapper Gene Rayburn, the panel consisted of three regulars (until the later episodes, anyway): splashy and fun Brett Somers, funny theatre veteran Charles Nelson Reilly, and Family Feud's dashing and suave Richard Dawson. Then you had the semi-regulars: hilarious comedienne and book author Fannie Flagg, cute and perky actress Joyce Bulifant, or the lovely and enchanting Betty White. Occasionally, you'd also see the likes of M*A*S*H's Gary Berghoff, Patty Duke, Marcia Wallace, and many other familiar faces. This show made these people household names, and I simply love the fact that, through re-runs, Game Show network has given the chance for younger folks (such as myself) to experience this hoot of a show. (Though I must admit, it just wasn't the same when they introduced the wheel and Richard left.) It just doesn't get any better than Match Game -- be it one of the daytime series or Match Game PM. Go ahead, laugh your [blank] off.
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