The five-day-a-week syndicated successor to the popular CBS game show, where two could compete to match fill-in-the-blank phrases with those of the celebrities.
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 Himself - Host / ... (868 episodes, 1973-1982)
Johnny Olson ...
 Himself - Announcer / ... (862 episodes, 1973-1982)
Brett Somers ...
 Herself - Panelist / ... (790 episodes, 1973-1982)
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 Himself - Panelist (786 episodes, 1973-1978)
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 Himself - Panelist (551 episodes, 1973-1982)
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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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(1970 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 and $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 and $20,000 on Syndicated by Jim Victory Television). On the first 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 »

Quotes

Gene Rayburn - Host: [reading question] We know a man whose name is Dan, and yesterday he ran and ran to see the stripper known as Fran, and catch a glimpse of her beautiful blank.
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Referenced in 30 Rock: Verna (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

MATCH GAME (73-79) Theme
Performed by the Score Production Band (1973-1982)
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HailMary is right...those WERE the days (sigh)...
20 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

I remember so clearly the morning TV schedule I shared with my mom during my preschool years (and summers from school later on): "Love of Life," "The Price Is Right," "The Young and the Restless," and of course, "The Match Game." Boy, did I love this show! Even "The Price Is Right" (which I am also quite fond of) couldn't outdo Charles Nelson Reilly and Brett Somers. Even as a little kid, I could appreciate their magical chemistry. They were hilarious, especially CNR!

I never understood the drama with Richard Dawson until years later, but that's okay. He was great when things were "normal." While I prefer his version of "Family Feud," "The Match Game" could not have continued without CNR and Brett.

The Game Show Network has brought back some fond nostalgia. HailMary is right...those WERE the days (sigh)...


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