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Match Game 

Match Game 73 (original title)
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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Gene Rayburn ...  Himself - Host 1,421 episodes, 1973-1982
Johnny Olson Johnny Olson ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 1,415 episodes, 1973-1982
Brett Somers Brett Somers ...  Herself - Panelist 1,392 episodes, 1973-1982
Richard Dawson ...  Himself - Panelist 1,276 episodes, 1973-1978
Charles Nelson Reilly ...  Himself - Panelist 1,149 episodes, 1973-1982
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Get ready to match the stars...

Genres:

Comedy | Game-Show

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 July 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Match Game 74 See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1970 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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

[first lines]
Announcer: Get ready to match the stars!
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Connections

Followed by Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

MATCH GAME (73-79) Theme
Performed by the Score Production Band (1973-1982)
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A blanking good time!!!!
28 July 2001 | by stargazer24See all my reviews

This show proves that game shows were actually fun once! Even though this game doesn't tax your brain like Millionaire, you also don't feel like falling asleep in the middle of it. I've found myself more than once practically falling on the floor laughing at the hijinks of Richard Dawson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gene Rayburn, Betty White, Fannie Flagg, Patti Deutch, etc. The list could go on forever.

This show has produced more funny, memorable moments than all the episodes of Friends and Frasier put together. If you've ever seen the Admiral Color TV incident or the "nipple" incident, you know what I mean.

The only thing that ruined this show was the star wheel. People were getting sick of the contestants always picking Richard for the Big Money Super Match that they came up with this stupid star wheel that picked a celebrity for you. Bad move.

Thank God for these people that were willing to completely let loose and keep us entertained for years and years to come!!!!!


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