Match Game (1998)

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Match Game
Premiere September 21, 1998
Finale September 10, 1999
Creator Mark Goodson,
Bill Todman
Host Michael Burger
Network Syndication
Style 30-minute game show
Company Mark Goodson Productions
Seasons 1
Origin USA

Match Game (1998–99) is a game show that aired in syndication. It was the seventh and most recent 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 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 one more brief life. 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).



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Michael Burger Host 1
Paul Boland Announcer 1
Vicki Lawrence Regular Panelist 1
Nell Carter Regular Panelist 1
Judy Tenuta Regular Panelist 1
George Hamilton Regular Panelist 1


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


DVD Releases

There has not been a DVD release for this show.

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