Rhyme and Reason

ABC (ended 1976)


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Rhyme and Reason was ABC's answer to Match Game, except the contestants filled in the blanks. It also marked Bob Eubanks first celebrity game show. Two contestants (one a returning champion) competed playing with six panelists (regulars included Jaye P. Morgan, Mitzi McCall, Charlie Brill & of course, Nipsy Russell). First, part of a poem would be read (IE: Our brand new bed is as neat as you see.). The contestants wrote down a rhyming word in how they think the celebrity would respond. Then the contestant picks one of the six stars to make up a rhyme. If the celebrity would say the correct rhyme word, the contestant would score 2 points (IE: If Nipsy Russell said, "Our brand new bed is as neat as you see, then we messed it up making whoopee!" & the contestant wrote WHOOPEE, that's 2 points). If the celebrity guesses the opponent's rhyming word, the opponent scores 1 point. If the star doesn't guess any of the words, then the opponent gets a chance to pick one of the five remaining stars. Play continues until a correct rhyme's guessed or if all six stars had a turn. Three points won the game + $250. And it took 2/3 to win the championship ($500). That winning contestant went on to the Bonus Rhyme. In the Bonus Rhyme, the contestant had to write three rhyming words. After those were written, s/he picks one star. Then the contestant had 30 seconds to get the star to say all three words, reciting the poem every time. One correct word paid $1,000, two paid $2,000 while all three paid $5,000! Contestants could stay up to 5 matches or ABC's $20,000 limit (which could be done winning 4 matches + $5,000 every Bonus Rhyme). Like I've Got A Secret, when the show was cancelled, the celebrities destroyed the set! Rhyme & Reason left with a really bad mood, Because ABC replaced it with Family Feud!moreless