YMMV / The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour


  • Adaptation Displacement: Most modern viewers will recognize the main theme as a new car cue on The Price Is Right, completely unaware that it had originated on this series.
  • Awesome Music: The main tbeme, Edd Kalehoff's "Lottery". Several other cues from the music package also qualify.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anytime you see Jon and Gene interact friendly on the 197382 Match Game, knowing what was to come.
  • Funny Moments: For a brief period beginning on February 13, 1984, the show did a Telephone Match contest (somewhat of a Call Back to the 1960s Match Game) where a viewer would be called on weekend evenings to play a Head-to-Head Match with a celeb for a chance to win $5,000 and an appearance on an NBC soap opera. Although the contest itself wasn't particularly notable, the eligibility requirements were rather complicated- leading Gene to have to recite a mouthful of legalese.
  • Moment of Awesome: At least one contestant won the $30,000 maximum in the Super Match, winding up with over $65,000 altogether.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Jon Bauman, especially since the Hour replaced Peter Marshall's Fantasy and The Hollywood Squares had been off the air for just two years. Fan opinion is somewhat divided on how Bauman did as host, although most think he didn't really have any business being behind a game show lectern.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Much like his appearances on Pyramid, Barry Gordon- aka Donatello, Razor/Jake Clawson, and the NesQuik Bunny, appeared at least once, promoted as being from The Jeffersons.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Mainly toward the botched Hollywood Squares format. Rayburn didn't like the changes, either, and let America know on June 29, 1984 (about a month before the end).
    Rayburn: [after being asked a question] I don't know the answer, so I'm going to have to take a wild guess...which really isn't supposed to be the point of this game either you know the answer or you bluff.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Bauman was a decent panelist on Match Game, but what terrible lapse in judgment made Orion think that somebody would work better than Marshall at hosting Squares...and that that person was Bauman? And why did Goodson go along with it? It could've been worse, though - at least Bauman didn't host in his "Bowzer" persona.

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