BobStewart-produced GameShow hosted by BillCullen that ran from 1971-74 on Creator/{{NBC}}, in which three contestants "bid" to answer true/false questions. To do so, each contestant bid on how many questions s/he could answer (from 1-4) in one of three shown categories. The person with the highest number, or the untied contestant in the event of a tie, won the right to choose a category and play for $10 times the total number of questions voted (1-2-3 would be worth $60, for example).

Upon winning at least $90 (or one of the "Free Box" bonuses), the contestant could spend the money on boxes on the giant 4x3 gameboard, calling out a dollar amount ($20, $30, or $40) and a color (Red, Green, Yellow, or Blue): e.g., "$40 on the Blue". A prize was hidden behind each box, and to win a prize a contestant had to find it in the $20, $30, and $40 columns. Upon doing so, that contestant won the game and played against two new challengers. (A column was "closed" if three of its four boxes were chosen.)

On April 23, 1973, the prizes were removed from the board and replaced with pictures according to a certain "theme" (movie monsters, actors, animals, etc.). Further, the game was amended to keep three contestants on until one scored three matches (tracked by placards on each podium), which awarded a prize package worth about $5,000.

Still, despite lasting far longer than any previous show had at the 1:30 PM slot vacated by ''LetsMakeADeal'' in December 1968, getting some affiliates to stop pre-empting the slot, and giving away much more with the format update, ''TOAM'' consistently ranked a solid third behind ABC's ''Deal'' and Creator/{{CBS}}' ''AsTheWorldTurns'' in the east (in the Pacific time zone, where it aired at Noon, against ABC's ''Series/{{Password}}'' and local programming on CBS)...but even then, that wasn't what killed it see ScrewedByTheNetwork, under the Trivia tab.
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!!GameShowTropes in use:
* BonusRound: The Big Match, used during the second format, where the day's contestants would try to match two halves of a $1,000 bill to win just that $1,000 (plus $1,000 for every three shows it wasn't claimed).
* BonusSpace:
** '''One Free Box''', '''Two Free Boxes''', and '''Three Free Boxes''' - gave bonus picks if the contestant won the pot and went to the board right then. The money was spent first, followed by the free boxes.
** '''Double Pot''' - multiplied the bets by $20 instead of $10, for a possible maximum of $220.
** '''Instant Match''' - if a contestant's very first three picks of a game matched, it ended the game immediately and awarded either that prize and a new car (1971-73) or simply the $5,000 prize package (1973-74).
** During the second format, any contestant who managed to make seven ''consecutive'' matches won a new car and $5,000 cash.
* GameShowWinningsCap: Five matches during the first format, no limits at all for the second format.
* HomeGame: Milton Bradley [[http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/12923/three-on-a-match made one]] in 1972.
* Personnel:
** TheAnnouncer: Don Pardo.
** GameShowHost: BillCullen, in one of his more beloved games.
** StudioAudience
* {{Whammy}}: The occasional "No Match" square, which did nothing but waste the amount spent on that box (or a free pick, depending on the circumstances).
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!!This show provides examples of:
* CatchPhrase:
** "The two [number]s cancel."
** "That's true/false, Bill."
** "[Amount] on the [color]."
* TheCameo: Geoff Edwards appeared on February 11, 1974 to promote ''{{Jackpot}}!'', and tested Bill with a few Super Jackpot riddles. ''Jackpot!'' had only aired for a month at this point, and probably hadn't even debuted yet when this episode was taped.
* ADayInTheLimelight: Larry Blyden guest-hosted the show circa 1973, and was introduced as "the host of ''Series/WhatsMyLine''" Due to syndication practices of the era, however, some markets were still watching ''Line'' hosted by Wally Bruner.
* FanRemake: [[http://www.youtube.com/user/gregdasgo Greg "Greggo" Wicker]] does an anime-themed version at anime conventions, using a combination of formats (matching pictures, with only one match needed to win the game; about three games are played per show). At the end of the debut show at Ikkicon 2012...
-->'''Greggo:''' Audience, what didja think of this 45-year-old game show?\\
(''audience goes nuts'')
* OnceAnEpisode: Bill's knock on the wall behind him after his introduction. During the second format, the Big Match as well.
* OpeningNarration:
** '''1971-73 (first format):''' "[Contestants], if your first three picks match you win that prize plus a [year and model of car], on ''Three On A Match''!"
** Another opening had "This is our current champion, (''name of contestant''). His/her challengers are (''name'') and (''name''). They're competing for a (''year'') car plus these prizes (''shown on board''). It's ''Three On A Match''!"
** '''1973-74 (second format):''' "[Contestants], if your first three picks match you win the game instantly and at least $5,000 in cash and prizes! It's ''Three On A Match''!"
* TransatlanticEquivalent: Australia got [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbe2Y_qi5nE a lower-stakes version]] produced by Reg Grundy and hosted by Bob Moore, which aired for a period in 1973.
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