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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 1,420 episodes, 1973-1982
Johnny Olson Johnny Olson ...  Himself - Announcer / ... 1,414 episodes, 1973-1982
Brett Somers ...  Herself - Panelist 1,391 episodes, 1973-1982
Richard Dawson ...  Himself - Panelist 1,275 episodes, 1973-1978
Charles Nelson Reilly ...  Himself - Panelist 1,148 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...

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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

Debuted at 3:30pm (EST) on Monday, June 25, 1973 on CBS Television, sandwiched between The Price Is Right (1972) and The Secret Storm (1954). The stars on the panel were Michael Landon, Vicki Lawrence, Jack Klugman, Jo Ann Pflug, Richard Dawson and Anita Gillette. Klugman was reluctant to appear at first, but agreed on one condition: that his wife Brett Somers also appear as a panelist on a later date along with Charles Nelson Reilly & Betty White. Somers, Reilly & White debuted on the panel during its 4th weekday (July 16-20, 1973); little did they imagine that they would continue this duty for the next 9 seasons! See more »

Quotes

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

Spoofed in RuPaul's Drag Race: The Snatch Game (2010) 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 brijess-2See 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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