Three on a Match

NBC (ended 1974)


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Take one part Concentration. Add in a little Jeopardy! and Sale of the Century. Mix well. Remove from bowl. So, what do you get? Three on a Match, a simple true-false quizzer that had a respectable three-year run on NBC in the early 1970s. Three contestants, including a returning champion, competed. Host Cullen announced three categories, and each player secretly bid how many true-false questions they wanted to answer (up to four). If there was a tie between two or all three players, the players were asked to bid again. The top bidder chose a category and was asked a series of true-false questions. Getting all the questions right earned the player $10 times the cumulative bid of all three players (e.g., if total bid was seven, the player got $70). If he/she was wrong at any point, the next-highest bidder (with a re-bid held if necessary) got to choose a category and fulfill his/her bid to claim the current pot. On occassion, a Double Pot card was hidden behind a category card (where the player won $20 per total number questions bid for fulfilling his/her bid that went up to $220), while another bonus was One/Two/Three Free Box(es), which allowed the player to immeidately go to the prizeboard (see below) to select boxes. Once a player had at least $140, s/he could go to the prizeboard, which had three columns ($20, $30 and $40) and four rows (red, green, yellow and blue). The player called out a specific space, which uncovered the name of a prize (found once in each money column). To win a prize, the contestant must purchase three boxes hiding the same prize (found once in each money column, i.e., one $20, one $30 and one $40). The player could only choose three of the four boxes in a money column as well. A player became champion by finding the third match (in which he/she won what was matched plus kept whatever cash he/she had left), while running out of money to buy an available box meant the game continued. If the first three picks match, the player won a new car. A player returned up to five times, at which time he/she won $5,000 and retired undefeated. There were minor rules changes throughout the run, the biggest coming in early 1974. Then, the player simply matched pictures on the gameboard to win $5,000. All three players returned for three games, at which point everyone retired. Cullen – his usual chipper self – earned the first of his three Emmy nominations for Three On A Match.moreless