Match Game 73 (1973–1982)

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The five-day-a-week syndicated successor to the popular CBS game show, where two contestants compete to match fill-in-the-blank phrases with those of the celebrities.

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Afternoon game show which combined elements of two classic game shows "Match Game" and "Hollywood Squares" into one.

Stars: Gene Rayburn, Jon 'Bowzer' Bauman, Gene Wood
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Series cast summary:
Gene Rayburn ...
 Himself - Host / ... (225 episodes, 1973-1982)
Johnny Olson ...
 Himself - Announcer (224 episodes, 1973-1982)
Brett Somers ...
 Herself / ... (102 episodes, 1973-1982)
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 Himself / ... (93 episodes, 1973-1978)
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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 Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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Get ready to match the stars...

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Comedy | Game-Show

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25 June 1973 (USA)  »

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Match Game  »

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(1970 episodes)

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Initially the show played as a straight up game, as Mark Goodson didn't want it to be a comedy show within a game like NBC's Hollywood Squares. However, after one of the celebrities answered "boobs" to a question, the show went into more of a comedy direction as the show saw a big ratings increase. The new focus made it the most popular show on daytime television. It also made the show appeal to a younger, teenage demographic who came home from school, an audience that typically avoided game shows. See more »

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Referenced in Friends: The One with Ross' Grant (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

MATCH GAME (73-79) Theme
Performed by the Score Production Band (1973-1982)
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Very Funny!
26 November 1999 | by (Cabot, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Now that the Game Show Network is showing old episodes of the best incarnation of the Match Game, it allows a whole new generation to watch one of the most popular game shows of all time! The show was kind of silly: Fill in the blank of a story, poem, rhyme, etc and hope that you match famous people. But the way Gene Rayburn conducted the show with the celebrity panel, it made for excellent viewing. Many people felt like the "regulars" on the show were "has beens," but Charles Nelson Riley would never fail to make people laugh and have a good time on the show. This show is worth catching night after night! I give this program an A.


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