The Newlywed Game (1977–1980)

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The basic premise of the perennial game show "The Newlywed Game" has been copied and imitated many times, but this original show proved to be the one fans loved (or hated) the most. The ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Bob Eubanks ...
 Host (1977-1980)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnny Jacobs ...
 Announcer (1977-1980)
Tony McClay ...
 Substitute announcer


The basic premise of the perennial game show "The Newlywed Game" has been copied and imitated many times, but this original show proved to be the one fans loved (or hated) the most. The rules to this 1970s five-day-a-week syndicated series were identical to those in the classic ABC series. Four couples, each married less than two years, answered a series of questions designed to expose how well the spouses knew (or didn't know) each other. The husbands were first to answer the questions while their wives were secluded offstage; many times, the answers involved "whoopie" (a euphemism for "sex"). Matching answers were worth 5 points each, while not matching usually led to high-pitched arguments much to the delight of Eubanks and the audience. The process was repeated with the wives answering a series of questions and the husbands taken backstage, correct answers were worth 10 points. A final bonus question (usually general, answered by the wives) was worth 25 points. The couple with the... Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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5 September 1977 (USA)  »

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Host: What is the nearest delicatessen to your house?
Male Contestant: The nearest delicatessen? Let's see, that would be Yama-Shaba.
Host: Yama-Shaba? Alright... your wife said "Thrifty's."
Female Contestant: That's not a delicatessen, that's a restaurant! A delicatessen is a drugstore.
[audience laughs]
Male Contestant: What? Baby, I don't know about you...
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Followed by The New Newlywed Game (1984) See more »

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In the [blank], Bob!
4 October 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I love the show more now than I did at this time last year when GSN played The Newlywed Game about 15 times a day. My 2 favorite episodes are :

1. The infamous "Hank and Olga Perez" episode from 1977. It was "Maternity Day" on this episode. One of the questions was for the ladies : "Where is the weiiiiirdest place you've ever gotten the urge to make whoopee?" resulted in one of the funniest (and probably embarassing for Olga) moments in TV history. Her answer was "in the a**". Hank (Olga's husband) completely lost it, as did the studio audience. The Perez's eventually ended up with the most points at the end of the show and won the show's grand prize. For years Eubanks would deny the phrase ever happened and even offered a $10,000 bounty for anybody who could prove it existed, but on the Game Show's Most Outrageous Moments special shown on NBC in 2002, he finally confirmed its existence.

2. Another one of the funniest moments happened on another 1977 edition. One of the couples was an elderly couple named the Bergs (Charlie and Edie). If you were ever looking for a real-life Archie and Edith Bunker, all you had to do was look at the Bergs. The question which caused this episode to be an unforgetable one was : "Ladies, how would your husbands complete this phrase : My husbank is a closet blank?". Most of the ladies predicted their husbands would say "freak" and "case", but Edie's answer of "queen" caused everybody in the studio (even Bob Eubanks) to bust out in laughter. When the husbands came back to guess what the wives predicted, Charlie said "case". Eubanks told Charlie to "brace yourself", and when Charlie found out what his wife said...his expression was priceless. To say he was embarassed would probably be an understatement. However, the Bergs ended up being the couple with the most points at the end of the show and won the grand prize.

There are other funny moments on the show, but these two instances will always be considered the two funniest moments in the entire 36 year history of the show.

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