History Series / MatchGame

20th Nov '17 9:52:08 PM Green_lantern40
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There were three {{revival}}s of the CBS format (and currently four, with the 2016 series): ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' on NBC with Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman, a 1990-91 run on ABC with Ross Shafer and poor affiliate clearance, and a syndicated 1998-99 run with Michael Burger and only five panelists, and now the 2016-present ABC version with Creator/AlecBaldwin. None of the revivals lasted long. This show has become difficult to revive: In the 1970s, the panelists had to show some creativity to answer the dirty-sounding setup questions while still falling within the bounds of daytime television acceptability. By the 1990s, standards had relaxed enough that panelists would go ahead and give the obvious answer, which defeated the purpose and got boring very quickly.

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There were three Thus far, there have been four {{revival}}s of the CBS format (and currently four, with the 2016 series): format: ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' on NBC with Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman, a 1990-91 run on ABC with Ross Shafer and poor affiliate clearance, and a syndicated 1998-99 run with Michael Burger and only five panelists, and now the 2016-present and, currently, a second ABC version with Creator/AlecBaldwin. None Creator/AlecBaldwin that began in 2016 and runs to the present day. The latter revival is also notable for being the first iteration of the revivals lasted long. This show has become difficult to revive: In tape in New York City since the 1970s, the panelists had to show some creativity to answer the dirty-sounding setup questions while still falling within the bounds of daytime television acceptability. By the 1990s, standards had relaxed enough that panelists would go ahead and give the obvious answer, which defeated the purpose and got boring very quickly.
1962-69 edition.



The summer of 2016 saw the return of the show to both ABC and New York with Creator/AlecBaldwin as host as part of ABC's "Sunday Fun and Games" block, alongside the returning ''Celebrity Family Feud'' and Michael Strahan's reboot of ''[[Series/{{Pyramid}} The $100,000 Pyramid]]'' (much like ''Pyramid'', it taped in NY again because Baldwin lives there); following a successful premiere, it returned for additional episodes in January 2017.
20th Nov '17 9:45:20 PM Green_lantern40
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* ConfettiDrop: Unlike most game shows, it doesn't apply for big winners, but instead it applies for the [[NewYearHasCome New Year's Eve episodes]] when the title sign (or for the 75-76 one, a giant balloon as well) indicating the year being changed. Then a boat-load of Balloons, confetti and streamers fall on the stage and on the audience (for the first year this was done, there weren't any balloons used)

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* ConfettiDrop: Unlike most game shows, it doesn't apply for big winners, to "big winner" scenarios, but instead it applies for to the [[NewYearHasCome New Year's Eve episodes]] when the title number at the end of the sign (or for signifying the 75-76 one, a giant balloon as well) indicating the current year being was changed. Then a boat-load A boatload of Balloons, balloons, confetti and streamers would fall on the stage and on the audience (for the first year this was done, there weren't any balloons used)used; for the change from '''74'' to '''75'', a giant balloon was also used).
20th Nov '17 3:42:12 PM Luigitehplumber
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* ConfettiDrop: Not for big winners, but balloons were released at the end of the [[NewYearHasCome New Year's Eve episodes]] as the title sign indicating the year was changed.

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* ConfettiDrop: Not Unlike most game shows, it doesn't apply for big winners, but balloons were released at the end of instead it applies for the [[NewYearHasCome New Year's Eve episodes]] as when the title sign (or for the 75-76 one, a giant balloon as well) indicating the year being changed. Then a boat-load of Balloons, confetti and streamers fall on the stage and on the audience (for the first year this was changed.done, there weren't any balloons used)
1st Nov '17 4:23:27 PM Green_lantern40
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** Generally speaking, the person in the sixth spot is the most likely to have a weird answer. In addition to Deutsch and Bulifant, the iconic 1973-82 run also featured Fannie Flagg. Notable aversions to this rule included Creator/MarciaWallace and Creator/BettyWhite.

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** Generally speaking, the person in the sixth spot is the most likely to have a weird answer. In addition to Deutsch and Bulifant, the iconic 1973-82 run also featured Fannie Flagg. Notable aversions to this rule included Creator/MarciaWallace Marcia Wallace and Creator/BettyWhite.



** The Match Game 1973 episodes can seem quite weird, since the questions were far more straight and generic (no "Dumb Dora" or "boobs"-type questions), and the overall mood less silly since the panel had not yet had time to gel. Also, neither Charles nor Brett were on the panel for the first several weeks. By early 1974, the show had begun to hit its stride.

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** The Match Game 1973 1962-69 run can be seen as this for the franchise as a whole, as every latter-day edition of the series has been based off the 1973-1982 format, which, save for a few scant elements, was almost entirely different.
** Early '''73''
episodes can seem quite weird, since the questions were far more straight and generic (no "Dumb Dora" or "boobs"-type questions), and the overall mood less silly since the panel had not yet had time to gel. Also, neither Charles nor Brett were on the panel for the first several weeks.weeks (and neither were in their usual spots when they debuted, and occasionally afterwards as well). By early 1974, the show had begun to hit its stride.
1st Nov '17 1:58:50 PM snichols1973
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** The early 1970s episodes can seem quite weird, since the questions were far more generic (no "Dumb Dora" or "boobs"-type questions), and the overall mood less silly since the panel had not yet had time to gel. Also, neither Charles nor Brett were on the panel for the first several weeks. By early 1974, the show had begun to hit its stride.

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** The early 1970s Match Game 1973 episodes can seem quite weird, since the questions were far more straight and generic (no "Dumb Dora" or "boobs"-type questions), and the overall mood less silly since the panel had not yet had time to gel. Also, neither Charles nor Brett were on the panel for the first several weeks. By early 1974, the show had begun to hit its stride.
1st Nov '17 1:52:16 PM snichols1973
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There were three {{revival}}s of the CBS format: ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' on NBC with Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman, a 1990-91 run on ABC with Ross Shafer and poor affiliate clearance, and a syndicated 1998-99 run with Michael Burger and only five panelists. None of the revivals lasted long. This show has become difficult to revive: In the 1970s, the panelists had to show some creativity to answer the dirty-sounding setup questions while still falling within the bounds of daytime television acceptability. By the 1990s, standards had relaxed enough that panelists would go ahead and give the obvious answer, which defeated the purpose and got boring very quickly.

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There were three {{revival}}s of the CBS format: format (and currently four, with the 2016 series): ''Series/TheMatchGameHollywoodSquaresHour'' on NBC with Gene Rayburn and Jon Bauman, a 1990-91 run on ABC with Ross Shafer and poor affiliate clearance, and a syndicated 1998-99 run with Michael Burger and only five panelists.panelists, and now the 2016-present ABC version with Creator/AlecBaldwin. None of the revivals lasted long. This show has become difficult to revive: In the 1970s, the panelists had to show some creativity to answer the dirty-sounding setup questions while still falling within the bounds of daytime television acceptability. By the 1990s, standards had relaxed enough that panelists would go ahead and give the obvious answer, which defeated the purpose and got boring very quickly.
23rd Oct '17 9:25:48 AM mlsmithca
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** Once, Bob Barker dropped an "oh, shit" as the Star Wheel they were using at the time got close to him. Since it's a little muted compared to the crowd's noise, it skated right by the censors. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC6kGdst1Mo#t=1m56s Here's the moment.]]



** Averted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvAHzBQ_IM8&feature=share this]] question: "Ed Sullivan said, 'Tonight, right here on this very stage, King Kong will _____ the Lemon sisters.'" Louisa Moritz wrote down "Rape", but a clip was obviously edited in of her showing a card with "Ravage" written on it instead. In addition to the jump cuts, the "rape" card can briefly be seen at 2:51 in the clip.
* HalloweenEpisode: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE-2jb2E6KA&feature=related 1990 revival]] had host Ross Shafer (Dracula), the celebrities (including Charles Nelson Reilly as Superman[!] and Vicki Lawrence as Little Red Riding Hood) and the contestants in costume.

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** Averted in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvAHzBQ_IM8&feature=share com/watch?v=QvAHzBQ_IM8 this]] question: "Ed Sullivan said, 'Tonight, right here on this very stage, King Kong will _____ the Lemon sisters.'" Louisa Moritz wrote down "Rape", but a clip was obviously edited in of her showing a card with "Ravage" written on it instead. In addition to the jump cuts, the "rape" card can briefly be seen at 2:51 in the clip.
* HalloweenEpisode: The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE-2jb2E6KA&feature=related com/watch?v=FE-2jb2E6KA 1990 revival]] had host Ross Shafer (Dracula), the celebrities (including Charles Nelson Reilly as Superman[!] and Vicki Lawrence as Little Red Riding Hood) and the contestants in costume.
13th Oct '17 5:43:28 PM Mario500
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* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: In one game, Pat Morita writes an answer in Japanese and Gene demands the judges deem it a match or not. They respond by simultaneously dinging AND buzzing it.

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* EvenTheSubtitlerIsStumped: In one game, Pat Morita writes an answer in Japanese and Gene demands the judges deem it a match or not. They respond by simultaneously dinging AND and buzzing it.



** Once, Bob Barker dropped an "oh, shit" as the Star Wheel they were using at the time got close to him. Since it's a little muted compared to the crowd's noise, it skated right by the censors. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC6kGdst1Mo#t=1m56s Here's the moment.]]
27th Sep '17 8:46:00 PM KoopaKid17
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** The early 1970s episodes can seem quite weird, since the questions were far more generic (no "Dumb Dora" or "boobs"-type questions), and the overall mood less silly since the panel had not yet had time to gel. Also, neither Charles nor Brett were on the panel for the first several weeks. By about 1974, the show had begun to hit its stride.

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** The early 1970s episodes can seem quite weird, since the questions were far more generic (no "Dumb Dora" or "boobs"-type questions), and the overall mood less silly since the panel had not yet had time to gel. Also, neither Charles nor Brett were on the panel for the first several weeks. By about early 1974, the show had begun to hit its stride.


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** For Week 2 of '''73'', Richard Dawson was seated in the upper right (the spot Charles Nelson Reilly would eventually claim) and Brett Somers would switch between the upper middle and lower left until finally settling in the former permanently in Week 14.
10th Sep '17 4:47:11 AM jormis29
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** Guest panelist [[ThePattyDukeShow Patty Duke]] made a joking side comment in one episode about frequently getting the similarly named Patti ''Deutsch'''s fan mail.

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** Guest panelist [[ThePattyDukeShow Patty Duke]] Creator/PattyDuke made a joking side comment in one episode about frequently getting the similarly named Patti ''Deutsch'''s fan mail.



** If someone (usually Gene) was particularly over the top with their performance, someone on the panel (usually Charles) would say that it's a shame Patty Duke isn't there to see that fine acting (because of her award-winning performance in ''Theatre/TheMiracleWorker'').

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** If someone (usually Gene) was particularly over the top with their performance, someone on the panel (usually Charles) would say that it's a shame Patty Duke Creator/PattyDuke isn't there to see that fine acting (because of her award-winning performance in ''Theatre/TheMiracleWorker'').
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