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TV Shows - Match Game

Match Game (also called The Match Game, Match Game '7"X", and Match Game PM) was an American television game show featuring contestants attempting to match celebrities' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions. It was hosted for most of its time on air by Gene Rayburn. The most famous versions of the 1970s and 1980s, starting with Match Game '73, were remembered for their bawdy and sometimes rowdy humor and involved contestants trying to match six celebrities.

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1 Never Boned Still rocks.
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2 Exit...stage left Richard Dawson leaves the match
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3 Innuendo overkill boobs became the answer to every single question
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4 Match Game '98 Is nothing close to the 1970s/early '80s version
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5 Star Wheel The Beginning of the End
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6 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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7 The Hollywood Squares merger It sounded like a good idea at the time
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1 Once Richard Dawson left that was it but the star wheel was definitely the beginning of the end. Probably was created to slight Richard who by this time was most likely ready to leave anyway since Family Feud was top priority. Not to mention Feud had already taken Match Games spot for the top rated game show and he seemed to be having more fun on the Feud. -- Submitted By: (HulkFanGuy) on February 21, 2016, 4:37 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Gene Rayburn's "Godfather" impersonations......priceless! -- Submitted By: (ParkerTillman) on June 15, 2012, 10:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Best....game show...ever. Brett, Charles and Richard. Man they were having a good time. -- Submitted By: (jonkaplanseaver) on May 8, 2011, 7:37 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
4 This show rocked, Brett, Charles, and Gene were all awesome. Loved when Fannie Flagg, Patty Duke, and Lee Meriwether were on too. I liked a lot of the other celebrity guests too and Gene was the best host ever. -- Submitted By: (Mac87) on March 10, 2011, 11:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
5 Match Game was always an entertaining show in it's classic daytime/syndicated runs of the 70s and early 80s. However, when they had the bright idea to morph Match Game and Hollywood Squares into The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour, it would never recover. It wasn't even Match Game's fault, the Jon Bauman-hosted joke answer-less Hollywood Squares sunk it, but even if it was as good as the Peter Marshall era, the show would still have left me scratching my head over why they were merged together. Nothing's saved it since either, Match Game 90 was too bland and had a horrible timeslot, and Match Game 98...the less I say, the better. -- Submitted By: (robfrules) on June 20, 2010, 1:42 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
6 Part of the charm of the original Match Game was how un-PC everyone was and how much they tried to push the envelope with double entendres. Gene, Brett, Charles and Richard had terrific chemistry and the whole carnival was a big party full of drinking, smoking and laughter. By the time Richard left in 1978, things slowly changed. McLean Stevenson wasn't Richard Dawson, Gene started aging and Brett and Charles banter got a bit over the top at times. I didn't see the show in 1983, but I did see the 1990 and 1998 versions. The 1990 version was okay, but it didn't have the humor or the chemistry of the cast of characters. By 1998, there was no "envelope" really to push for, so the charm of the double entendre was all but dead. Michael Burger didn't have chemistry with the panel and the panel (with the exception of Vicki Lawrence) was overly crude and annoying. Plus in the PC days of the 90's, the whole atmosphere just wasn't the same. Another show like Family Feud that was meant for the 70's. -- Submitted By: (kingbk) on May 5, 2010, 7:59 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
7 I've never seen the original 1960s version of Match Game entitled "The Match Game" so I won't comment on that version. The 1970s/early '80s versions were great! You had host Gene Rayburn, regulars Brett, Charles, and Richard Dawson (until he left to host Family Feud on a full-time basis in 1978) and a nice bevy of celebrities. The chemistry with the celebrities was like you were watching a party. When the show came back from 1983-84 as one half of "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" it wasn't as fun but it still had Gene Rayburn. When it returned on ABC from 1990-91, there was no Gene Rayburn (since he was deemed "too old" to host by network execs), Ross Shafer hosted in his stead and did a "fair" job with his version. Plus, it was his version that had a reunion between Brett and Charles. When Match Game came back from 1998-99, there was no Brett or Charles and only one celeb from any of the previous versions to appear on this version (case in point, Vicki Lawrence), the host Michael Burger was terrible and most of the celebs were annyoing beyond my ears (Judy Tenuta and her accordion, anyone?) and waaaay too many sexual innuendo and Bill Clinton jokes. Heck you never heard THAT many sexual innuendo jokes on the previous versions like you heard on this horrid 1998-99 version. IMO, MG really died with the 1998-99 version and there hasn't been a revival of MG since then. -- Submitted By: (markiemark6891) on December 30, 2009, 11:10 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
8 When it got to the point where just about every single question the answer was "boobs!". It was funny at first but sadly they wore the joke out. It's like that 13 year old who listened to a Dane Cook CD for the first time and keeps on repeating every joke on there over and over again. -- Submitted By: (TheAdamantiumElbow) on October 11, 2009, 7:09 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
9 Good or bad, this show was the very first glimpse I had of the idea that adults could be just as juvenile as junior high schoolers. Of course, back then everything seemed so edgy but all the double-entendres seem incredibly tame in retrospect! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on April 29, 2009, 11:27 am - (1 votes) - Login to Vote
10 I have to admit that when this show originally aired, I didn't understand it. I just thought it was a 'dirty' show. In reruns now, however, I appreciate how funny it was, and how brilliant Gene Rayburn was. -- Submitted By: (ClanMcLeod) on April 22, 2009, 8:15 am - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
11 Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Summers, contestants who were absolutely clueless, orange walls, the microphone on a stick. Nuff Said. -- Submitted By: (JoeBagODonuts) on April 20, 2009, 5:40 pm - (1 votes) - Login to Vote

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