William T. Naud liked that GameShow called ''MatchGame'',\\
So he decided to make something that was almost the same.\\
Instead of matching words in statements this time,\\
He gave the players poetry and made them rhyme the last line\\
And hoping the three celebrities they chose would end the poem with the same word\\
First to three points [[note]](two for each match by the player who made the pick, one for a match of the opponent's word)[[/note]] won a $250 award.\\
But the best of three was the thing to catch,\\
Since $5,000 could be won by the winner of the match,\\
If they could make three rhymes the same\\
With a chosen person of fame.

Unfortunately, this show's ratings ended up being dreck,\\
So on the [[GrandFinale last show]] the panel [[TrashTheSet made the set such a wreck]]!\\
But what would give away from this show so crude,\\
Was the premiere of the ''Series/FamilyFeud''!
!!GameShow Tropes in use:
* BonusRound: One more set of poetry, come up with three rhymes for the ending. Earn $1,000 for each match with a single celebrity, win $5,000 if all three were matched.
* GameShowWinningsCap: Five wins.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Johnny Jacobs.
** GameShowHost: Bob Eubanks.
** StudioAudience
** Regular Panelists: Included Nipsey Russell (who was known to do ad-libbed poetry during his game show appearances to begin with), Charlie Brill, and Mitzi [=McCall=].
!!This show provides examples of:
* DieHardOnAnX: It's essentially ''Match Game'' [--[[InSpace WITH POETRY!]]--] To be fair, ''Match'' sometimes did questions involving rhyming couplets.
* GrandFinale / TrashTheSet: Oh, did they ever. According to ''The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows'' (co-authored by David Schwartz, Steve Ryan, and Fred Wostbrock), ''Rhyme''[='s=] finale was rather unique as panelists Charlie Brill, Mitzi [=McCall=], Jaye P. Morgan, and Pat Harrington made it clear that the show was canned...by destroying the set. Throughout the taping they tore up the carpet, smashed lights and signs, and as Eubanks did his signoff at the end they managed to knock down his podium!
** ...But regardless of how Schwartz, Ryan, and Wostbrock got to the above, it's wrong. Morgan wasn't present for the final week (and neither was Russell, who was ill), and based on the extant audio the carnage didn't start until Eubanks signed off.
* {{Pilot}}: The one that circulates has a clip at the beginning from either a run-through or previous pilot the clip uses a different panel (Mitzi [=McCall=], Nipsey Russell, Jaye P. Morgan, Jack Cassidy, Adrienne Barbeau, and Charlie Brill), different contestants (wearing nametags), and score displays that lack their "1-2-WIN" markers.
* PrecisionFStrike: "When Nipsey tells a poem, it's usually a ZINGER..."
-->'''Jaye P. Morgan:''' We didn't give him a hand, but we gave him the finger.
* RecycledSoundtrack: The pilot's reveal cue for the rhyme is straight from ''Series/TheJokersWild'', among other things.
* UrbanLegend: For many years, fans thought William T. Naud (who also worked on ''Series/BlankCheck'') was either Dan Enright (the rhyme reveal cue on the pilot was from Creator/JackBarry's ''Joker'', and ''Check'' was a Barry show) or Creator/ChuckBarris (some of ''Rhyme''[='s=] staff also worked for him). In reality, Naud was a real man who wrote, produced, and directed a few low-budget films (including 1972's ''Wild In The Sky'', co-written by [[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Peter Marshall]] and co-produced by [[Series/{{Lingo}} Ralph Andrews]], and the truly dreadful ''Film/{{Rocky}}'' parody ''Ricky 1'').