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YMMV / The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour

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  • Acceptable Political Targets: In the grand tradition of U.S. Presidents being subjects of ridicule on versions of Match Game, Ronald Reagan was a frequent target.
  • 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 theme, Edd Kalehoff's "Lottery". Several other cues from the music package also qualify.
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  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Anytime you see Jon and Gene interact friendly on the 1973–82 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.
  • 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.
    • Six years before he hosted Supermarket Sweep, David Ruprecht was a panelist during the first week of 1984. He was one of the co-hosts of Real People at the time.
    • Butch Hartman was a contestant, also appearing on the first week of 1984. Sadly, he became the first contestant to play for the $30,000 and lose, then to top it off, he managed to once again find the sole "30" multiplier on the next show, but again failed to match, albeit for a lesser grand prize of $7,500.
  • Special Effect Failure: During one Hollywood Squares game on a January 1984 episode, the electronic X/O displays failed, so Gene and the other panelists had to hold their arms up in the shape of an X or O for the rest of the segment.
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  • 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 NBC 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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