Match Game

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Match Game
Match Game.jpg
You'll laugh so hard, you'll _______!
Genre: Game Show
Running Time: 22–26 minutes (1962–1999)
42–46 minutes (2016–)
Country: United States
Release Date: December 31, 1962 – present
Network(s): NBC (1962–69)
CBS (1973–79)
ABC (1990–91, 2016–)
Syndicated (1975–81, weekly; 1979–82 and 1998–99, daily)
Created by: Frank Wayne
Distributed by: Jim Victory Television (1975–1982)
Pearson Television (1998–1999)
Fremantle (2016–present)
Seasons: 19
Episodes: 2,311


Match Game is an American television game show created by Frank Wayne for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions. It premired on NBC in 1962 and ran until 1969, with several revivals being made over the next three decades. The game featured contestants trying to come up with answers to fill-in-the-blank questions that are often formed as humorous double entendres (beginning in the CBS run), the object being to match answers given by celebrity panelists.

The latest revival was made in 2016, with Alec Baldwin as host.

Why it Rocks

  1. Gene Rayburn excelled as host. Ross Shafer and Alec Baldwin also deserve a special mention.
  2. Nice sets.
  3. Excellent format.
  4. Well-known celebrity panelists include Charles Nelson-Reilly, Brett Somers, and future Family Feud host Richard Dawson.
  5. Catchy theme song.
  6. Tons of funny and hilarious moments, like the questions themselves. Examples include: "Did you catch a glimpse of that girl on the corner? She has the world's biggest _________."; the Dumb Dora/Donald questions (which would start out as "Dumb Dora/Donald is/was SO dumb...), and the list goes on.
  7. The 1962-1969 run was great as well, using Bert Kaempfert's top hit song A Swinging Safari as its theme song from 1962-67, the questions weren't limited to only fill-in-the-blank questions (but didn't really incorporate too much humor), and Gene Rayburn's hosting was great back then too.
  8. Without the Super Match segment, Family Feud wouldn't have been a thing at all.

Bad Qualities

  1. The 1990-1991 and 1998-1999TTSW runs were short-lived.
  2. The Match Game-Hollywood Squares HourTTSW wasn't too successful either.
  3. Only 11 episodes from the 1962-69 run still exist.
  4. Ever since the 2016 revival, the adult jokes and humor have been quite dirty (which could explain why this revival has a TV-14-DL rating).