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1[[quoteright:350:]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:Fun normally comes in pairs - here it came in sets of three.]]²²Creator/BobStewart-produced GameShow hosted by Creator/BillCullen that ran from 1971-74 on Creator/{{NBC}}, in which three contestants attempted to answer true/false questions, in turn earning money which they could use to uncover boxes on a board and match them up. ²²To do so, each contestant secretly bid on how many questions they could answer (from 1-4) in one of three shown categories (the third would often be a grab bag category like "The Mixed Quiz" as opposed to a subject). The contestant with the highest number - or, if two contestants tied for the high number, the contestant with lowest bid - won the right to choose a category and play for $10 times the total number of questions bidded (1-2-3 would be worth $60, for example).²²Upon winning at least $90 (or $50 with 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.)²²On April 23, 1973, the prizes were removed from the board and replaced with pictures relating 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. While the trips were lavish enough and other prizes were definitely desirable, they were downplayed as gameplay and Cullen's affable hosting style were emphasized.²²Still, despite lasting far longer than any previous show had at the 1:30 PM slot vacated by ''Series/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}}' ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'' in the east (in the Pacific timezone, where it aired at Noon, against ABC's ''Series/{{Password}}'' and local programming on CBS). Even so, neither its ratings nor its competition are what ultimately did the show in - see ScrewedByTheNetwork, under the Trivia tab.²²Not to be confused with 1932 movie ''Film/ThreeOnAMatch''.²----²!!GameShowTropes in use:²* 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 ([[ProgressiveJackpot plus $1,000 for every three shows it wasn't claimed]]).²* BonusSpace:²** '''One/Two/Three Free Box(es)''' - 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.²** '''Double Pot''' - multiplied the bids by $20 instead of $10, for a possible maximum of $220.²** '''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).²** During the second format, any contestant who managed to make seven ''consecutive'' matches won a new car and $5,000 cash.²* GameShowWinningsCap: Five matches during the first format, seven $5,000 prize packages during the second format.²* HomeGame: Milton Bradley [[ made one]] in 1972.²* Personnel:²** TheAnnouncer: [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Don]] [[Series/{{Jackpot}} Pardo]]. [[Series/{{Concentration}} Bob Clayton]], Wayne Howell, and Roger Tuttle all subbed for Pardo.²** GameShowHost: Creator/BillCullen, in one of his more beloved games.²** StudioAudience²* {{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).²----²!!This show provides examples of:²* CatchPhrase:²** "The two [number]s cancel."²** "That's true/false, Bill."²** [[MadLibsDialogue "[Amount] on the [color]."]]²* TheCameo: Geoff Edwards appeared on February 11, 1974 to promote ''Series/{{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.²* 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.²* FanRemake: Greg "Creator/{{Greggo}}" Wicker did an anime-themed version at anime conventions, using a combination of formats (matching pictures, with one match needed to win the game; about three games were played per show). At the end of an early episode, at Ikkicon 2012:²-->'''Greggo:''' Audience, what didja think of this 45-year-old game show?\²(''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome audience goes nuts]]'')²* OnceAnEpisode: Bill's knock on the wall behind him after his introduction. During the second format, the Big Match as well.²* OpeningNarration:²** '''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''!"²** 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''!"²** '''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''!"²* TransatlanticEquivalent: Australia got a lower-stakes version produced by Reg Grundy and hosted by Bob Moore, which aired for a period in 1973.²----


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