The Match Game

Arlene Francis & Skitch Henderson (Debut on NBC-TV)

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 12/31/62
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  • Episode Description
  • EPISODES No. 1-5: DECEMBER 31, 1962-JANUARY 4, 1963. The Host of "The MATCH GamE" is Gene Rayburn and the 1st 2 Star Team Captains are Arlene Francis ("WHAT'S MY LINE?") & Skitch Henderson ("THE TONIGHT SHOW Starring JOHNNY CARSON"). [NOTE: This is the Debut Weekday Broadcast of Season 1 of "The MATCH GamE" on NBC-TV airs at 4:00-4:25 PM and Live at NBC-TV Studio 8H and on Tuesday January 1, 1963 "The MATCH GamE" Preempted for the 1st Time as NBC Sports Broadcasted "THE TOURNAMENT OF ROSES PARADE 1963" In Living Color on NBC-TV.]moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Johnny Olson

    Announcer (1962-1969)

  • Gene Rayburn

    Host

  • Wayne Howell

    Sub-Announcer (1963)

  • Skitch Henderson

    Guest Panelist

  • Arlene Francis

    Guest Panelist "Star Team Captain"

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • Mark Goodson & Bill Todman discovered a new game for NBC-TV and it's based on a restaurant game since 1937 and 25 years Later... The Restaurant Game became an TV Game.

    By Benhallums1, Jul 14, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (4)

    • This is Season 1 of "THE MATCH GAME" on NBC-TV.

    • This game began in the following... The Host will read a question and the 2 teams write down the answer on a blank card and a crayon. When they finished, They all raise their hands. When 2 members of the team match the answer to the question wins 10 (later 25) points and when all 3 members of the team including the star team captain wins 20 (later 50) points and the 1st team scores 100 points or greater than that wins the game and collects $100 and plays the "Audience Match" for $450. In "The Audience Match", it had 3 survey questions on an announced date that held the 3 survey questions and the host will read them one(1) question at a time. When 1 person match his/her answer wins $50, When 2 people matched the answer wins $100 and when all 3 people matched the answer wins $150 for a possible payout of $450 and for the possible total of $550. They play again until time runs out.

    • These are the pilot episode and one of 11 shows still exist today. Pre-empted on January 1, 1963 for NBC Sports coverage of the 1963 NCAA Football Championship series "THE ROSE BOWL".

    • This, the pilot episode, is one of the 9 episodes still known to exist today.

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