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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • They Just Didn't Care: Mark Goodson, for all his talent and contributions to the genre, was given a rare chance to do another company's game and failed "Hollywood Squares 101" no bluffs, Zingers, or correct answers were given to the celebs, and by the middle of the run all the questions were convoluted either-or situations that left no room for said bluffs and deflated most of the Zingers' punch. As an Internet poster put it:
    Classic Squares Question: "[Celebrity,] is it a good idea to freeze your cheeseballs before serving them?" [insert cheeky Zinger by celebrity]
    Match Game/Hollywood Squares Question: "Minnie Mouse is throwing a party. Should she freeze her cheeseballs for a few hours before serving them to her guests, or is this a bad idea?"
    • The issue here is that Goodson went the "no providing of bluffs or Zingers" route intentionally, since Match Game got its humor from spontaneity. Problem is, Match and Squares are two very different shows; Goodson's staff tried to offset this by having at least one comedian each week, but this didn't really help because of how the questions were almost always written (originally, the questions weren't convoluted situations - in fact, some had three choices or were even open-ended).
    • A side-effect of "at least one comedian each week" was that said comedian would stick out during certain special weeks, such as Gallagher with the cast of Leave It To Beaver (December 1983) or Jay Leno during the show's "Salute to the Fifties" (May 1984). The latter was even more out of place since Rayburn had started working in television during said decade and Bauman was a longtime member of 50s tribute/parody band Sha Na Na.
  • 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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