YMMV: The Hollywood Squares

  • Ear Worm: "Bob & Merrill's Theme", used from 1969-79 and named after the show's creators, perfectly captured the show's zany atmosphere.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • "[Item] for the win."
    • "You FOOL!!!"
  • Replacement Scrappy: John Davidson constantly tripped over his words, always forgot the "cat's game" rule, and was very often unable to rein in the panelists once they started getting goofy.
  • Tearjerker: The day after Wally Cox's passing, Peter Marshall opened the show by explaining that due to being taped in advance, episodes featuring Cox would still be seen for the next two weeks. He then added:
    Dear Lord, have no fear; Underdog is there.
    • The same thing happened in the 90's version with the untimely passing of Florence Griffith Joyner.
      • And again with John Ritter
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: Ludia has a reputation for releasing sub-par game show video games, and the Hollywood Squares Wii game from 2010 doesn't help them. While they did a fine enough job replicating the set and format of Bergeron's final season, that's where the good stuff ends. Tom Bergeron's voice acting shows zero enthusiasm. There's only four actual celebrities in the entire game, and they only ever occupy the center square. The rest of the board is filled with generic people who don't tell a single joke, removing almost all of the humor the real show is known for. The questions are really easy, and the bluffs are often head-slappingly stupid (J Lo's real name is Tom Hanks?). The only unlockable rewards are wardrobe items...which you won't even get to see most of the game, since your contestant avatar is rarely shown.
    • GameTek's 1988 NES game averts this, having actual jokes and questions of appropriate difficulty. When your game pales in comparison to one made over two decades prior, you have problems.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • The Marshall version's move to Las Vegas for its final season. Besides supposed inferior lodgings (at least according to Paul Lynde), the show's budget was altered as well; no cash per game (each game won a prize, winner of most games won a trip), no Secret Square rounds at all, and the winner of each show would progress in a tournament for a $100,000 prize package ($20,000 cash, an RV, and an ACTUAL HOUSE).
    • Some dislike the Davidson version for John's ineptness (see above) and the panel's unruliness.
    • The Bergeron version once used a Bonus Round where the contestant chose a star and attempted to answer multiple-choice questions. In most shows, that is fine; this is a game where, as a contestant, you either agree or disagree. This bonus round only lasted one season, albeit with a $60,000 win under its belt (out of a possible $100,000).
    • Of course, the season after is when Henry Winkler took over. A lot of things changed that didn't need to be changed (like the contestants having to stand), and the show only lasted two more seasons before it was cancelled.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch showed up during the Marshall era, and notably stayed in character.
    • Kermit the Frog, Elmo, and Bear in the Big Blue House all showed up on the Bergeron version, also in character.