YMMV / Let's Make a Deal

  • Awesome Music: The 1984-86 run had a pretty cool theme- lots of jazz, and a fun, bouncy feel- perfectly in tune with the show.
  • Growing the Beard: The show was initially a very serious affair until people started showing up carrying signs, and later wearing silly hats, on a whim. Soon, everyone started showing up in crazy costumes and acting more excited.
    • In the Wayne Brady revival, things seem to be turning the other way the costumes seem to be less and less gaudy, but the excitement remains.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Most of Monty's behavior during the 1963 Pilot, especially his sales pitch before the show.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: One All-New episodes had someone dressed as Gumby in the back. Four years later, a new Gumby series would go on air, distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures; Telepictures distributed the All-New series.
  • Memetic Mutation: The "Door #1, Door #2, or Door #3?" has been used in countless Game Show parodies. This has even carried over to legitimate game shows as well, as the doors on The Price Is Right were referred to as such in the prize descriptions for Super Ball.
  • Newer Than They Think: The 1972 revival of Price borrowed many elements from Deal, including contestants being pulled up and interacting directly with the host, and the "pricing games" on the former being along the same lines as the "deals" on the latter.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Many die-hard fans hated Bob Hilton as host so much so that Monty, who was then retired, came back for what was intended to be a temporary period. Monty's plan was to do on-air auditions, then pick one of the candidates to take over the show permanently. Didn't work - NBC opted to just can the show in January '91 and bring Wheel of Fortune back to the lineup.
    • The less said about Billy Bush, the better. Or Ricki Lake. Or Mark DeCarlo (though he at least had prior experience- he was a lot winner on Sale Of The Century in 1985 and hosted a dating series called Studs in the early 90s).
    • Wayne Brady has his detractors as well, mostly because he lacks the authoritarian hosting style of Hall and as a result comes off as not knowing where anything is.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The Super Deal, a Bonus-Bonus Round used for the 1975-76 season where the contestant could risk the Big Deal for a 1-in-3 chance of winning the Big Deal and $20,000 cash. Although a few people did win the big money, Monty wasn't really a fan, since it made the Big Deal somewhat less important.
    • The current version knocked the Big Deal from two players to one, which was derided from all corners. Some have suggested it was done for budgetary reasons, but it really just kills a lot of the excitement factor.
    • The current version has never used games where pricing products was a key factor, which was a staple of every previous version. According to showrunner Mike Richards, they don't want to look like they're stealing from Price...a show which is also run by Richards. In any case, the pricing games have been replaced by such out-of-place things as spelling, latitude/longitude, and trivia; you know, there's a reason why the "guess the car part" deal from the 1963 pilot didn't stick around...
      • Still, grocery products do show up, and that's where it gets worse - expect Wayne to ask the player something like "Which of these was introduced to the mass market first?" No, seriously, this actually happened at least once.
  • This Is Your Premise on Drugs: The Price Is Right on LSD?
    • Alternately, if TPIR is HTML, then LMAD is XML; the latter is an "improvised" version of the former, but Deal had run for almost nine years before Price returned in 1972 (and judging by Goodson's pitch film, was directly inspired by LMAD), so which show is which on drugs?!
  • What an Idiot: Any player who tries to throw the balls slowly and carefully in "Car Pong", not realizing that they're under a strict time limit.

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