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
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 »
Match Game was one of the funniest shows of all time. Some sitcoms never get to the level of humor this game show did. You had on Match Game really funny people like Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty White, and others. Gene Rayburn was also very good as the host. He was such a natural that you would think being a host was easy. THe writing was also very good. The short sentences or stories were excellent. Especially good are any blanks that had to do were Dumb Dora or Old Man Periwinkle. Gene Rayburn did that character particularly well. Any version that plays on Game SHow Network is good. THe regular or Prime time edition. If you like game shows this is the one to watch.
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