Match Game (1979)

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Match Game (1979)
Premiere September 10, 1979
Finale September 10, 1982
Creator Ira Skutch
Host Gene Rayburn
Network Syndication
Style 30-minute game show
Company Goodson-Todman Productions
(Celebrity Productions, The Match Game Company)
Jim Victory Television
Seasons 3
Episodes 525
Origin USA

Match Game is a daily game show that aired in Syndication. It was the fourth version of Match Game and succeeded the second version as a daytime version, as the third version still ran during the nighttime.

This was virtually identical to the CBS show except that two players played two games, and there was no $100 payoff to the winner of the game (which meant that a player could win both games, strike out completely in both Super-Matches and go home with bupkiss--save for the parting gifts announced at the end). When time permitted, Gene Rayburn would give audience members a chance to win $50 a piece by having them guess the answer to a fill-in-the-blank written by a celebrity.

There was talk about reviving Match Game for syndication in 1985, but when stations and the syndicator found out that Gene Rayburn was at the time pushing 70 years old, the revival plans were scuttled. As a result, repeats of this edition were syndicated starting early 1985.


Person Duration
Brett Somers
Charles Nelson Reilly
McLean Stevenson 1981-82


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 10, 1979 1980 175
Season Two 1980 1981 175
Season Three 1981 September 10, 1982 175