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Match Game (1998)

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Match Game
Premiere September 21, 1998
Finale September 17, 1999
Creator Mark Goodson
Bill Todman
Host Michael Burger
Network/Provider Syndication
Style 30-minute game show
Company Mark Goodson Productions
Seasons 1
Origin USA

Match Game is a game show that aired in syndication. It was the seventh version of Match Game.

This version had only five celebrities (four regulars--Vicki Lawrence, Nell Carter, Judy Tenuta and George Hamilton--and a revolving guest spot) and basically followed the rules of the CBS edition except for question selection (each question is based on a category) and scoring. Each match was worth a point, and in the second round, points double. The Super-Match remained unchanged.

As where the CBS show was bawdy, out of control and zany, with questions that pushed the envelope, this version folds, spindles and mutilates the envelope. The answers we didn't dare give in the 70s but only thought about were actually being used. Viewers didn't see any chemistry among the panelists, none matching the chemistry of Rayburn, Somers, Reilly and Dawson. It barely made a blip in the ratings and was canceled after one season.

Match Game would lead two more lives. It was an element of CBS's Gameshow Marathon in 2006 and was hosted by Ricki Lake (and even had Betty White, semi-regular on the CBS show, as a panelist) and then would appear on ABC's prime time Sunday line-up in the summer of 2016.


Person Duration
Nell Carter
Vicki Lawrence
Judy Tenuta


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 21, 1998 September 10, 1999