Match Game (partially lost Mark Goodson Bill Todman game show; 1973-1982)

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The show's logo used from 1973 to 1978

Status: Partially Lost

Match Game is an American game show that was created by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and first started airing on NBC in 1962. The show is a simple "fill-in-the-blank" format where often hilarious answers are given. It has been brought back several times in the decades since with the most recent one premiering on ABC in 2016, the version most people recognize is the one that aired on CBS in the 1970s for a total of 2,210 episodes across three versions that aired in the decade (one for CBS Daytime and two separate Syndicated version) and would go on to be a staple of game shows from the decade.

For a show that aired throughout the 1970s, there is a lot of surviving episodes (almost accounting the entire run) and nearly all of them have been reran on Game Show Network since the channel's inception in 1994 and on Buzzr (a channel owned by the current rights-owners) since that channel's inception in 2015[1]. However, a small number of those episodes have been taken out of rotation in the years since due to their content and some episodes have never been seen since they last aired in the 1970s.

Lost/Incomplete Guide[edit | edit source]

CBS[edit | edit source]

# Celebrities Airdate Status Notes
7 Bob Barker, Arlene Francis, Richard Dawson, Michael Learned, Richard Thomas, Della Reese July 10th, 1973 Partially Lost Pulled after 1998 due to master tape being damaged. The last minute of the episode is missing.
19 Dick Gautier, Barbara Stuart, Jack Carter, Jo Ann Pflug, Richard Dawson, Shelley Winters Aug 3rd, 1973 Found Pulled at the request of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) after 2001 due to homophobic slur used as an answer.
31-33 Bert Convy, Brett Somers, Jack Carter, Lucie Arnaz, Richard Dawson, Nanette Fabray Aug 22-24, 1973 Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged.
49 Bobby Van, Elaine Joyce, Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers, Richard Dawson, Nanette Fabray Sept 17th, 1973 Found Pulled at the request of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) due to "Queer" used as an answer.
90 Bill Cullen, Brett Somers, Jack Klugman, Cass Elliot, Richard Dawson, Loretta Swit Nov 16th, 1973 Found Pulled at the request of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLADD) due to homophobic slur used as an answer.
137 William Shatner, Anne Meara, Nipsey Russell, Brett Somers, Richard Dawson, Ann Elder Jan 25th, 1974 Found Pulled after 2000 due to homophobic slang used as an answer.
165 Orson Bean, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Mary Ann Mobley, Richard Dawson, Betty White Mar 13th, 1974 Found Pulled after circa. 2006 due to use of "Nympomaniac."
311-313 Gary Burghoff, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Ann Elder, Richard Dawson, Patti Deutsch Oct 8-10, 1974 Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged.
324-325 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lynda Day George, Richard Dawson, Kaye Stevens Oct 25 & 28, 1974 Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged.
376 Greg Morris, Brett Somers, Gary Burghoff, Joyce Bulifant, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg Jan 13th, 1975 Found Pulled after 2003 due to "back on the bus" comment.
645 Edward Asner, Brett Somers, Gary Burghoff, Marcia Rodd, Richard Dawson, Betty White Feb 10th, 1976 Lost No official reason, though episode still exists.
714-715 Tom Poston, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Barbara Sharma, Richard Dawson, Patti Deutsch May 18-19, 1977 FoundFound No official reason, episodes aired on Buzzr in December 2018.
716-720 Greg Morris, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Anitra Ford, Richard Dawson, Betty White May 20-21, 24-26, 1976 FoundFoundFoundFoundFound Anitra Ford didn't clear her appearances until December 2018.
721-722 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Elaine Joyce, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg May 27-28th, 1976 FoundFound No official reason, episodes aired on Buzzr in December 2018.
910 Ron Palillo, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Patty Duke Astin, Richard Dawson, Patti Deutsch Feb 24th, 1977 Lost No official reason, episode is at large.
935 Scoey Mitchlll, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Susan Sullivan, Richard Dawson, Betty White Mar 31st, 1977 Found No official reason, episodes aired on Buzzr in April 2019.
968 Ron Palillo, Brett Somers, Nipsey Russell, Tudi Wiggins, Richard Dawson, Betty White May 17th, 1977 Lost Never reran due to Bar Mitsvahed answer, episode still exists.
1024-1025 Gary Burghoff, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eva Gabor, Richard Dawson, Joyce Bulifant Aug 4-5th, 1977 Lost No official reason, both episodes exist and 1024 was seen at a private screening.
1026-1030 Adam Arkin, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Elaine Joyce, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg Aug 8-12th, 1977 Lost Episodes exist, but Adam Arkin didn't clear his appearances.
1035 Nipsey Russell, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Suzanne Somers, Richard Dawson, Patti Deutsch Aug 19th, 1977 Lost Last aired in 1997 and no official reason was given on the episode's pull.
1281 Dick Martin, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lorrie Mahaffey, Richard Dawson, Joyce Bulifant Aug 18th, 1978 Found Pulled after circa. 2001 due to a question referencing terrorists, episode aired on Buzzr in April 2019.
1309-1310 David Doyle, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Debralee Scott, Nipsey Russell, Betty White Sept 29th, Oct 2nd, 1978 Lost Unknown why the episodes were pulled from reruns or if they still exist.
1311-1315 Nipsey Russell, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Valerie Bertinelli, Edward Asner, Patty Duke Astin Oct 3-6, 9th, 1978 Partially Found Valerie Bertinelli didn't clear her appearances and episodes are rumored to still exist. Only a single promo from one of the episodes survives.
1355 Jon Bauman, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Nancy Lane, Don Sutton, Betty White Dec 14th, 1978 Found Pulled after circa. 2000 due to master tape being damaged.
1362 Joe Santos, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Carol Jones, Dick Martin, Fannie Flagg Dec 26th, 1978 Found Episode was last aired in August 2004 and no official reason was given for it's pulling.
1365 Joe Santos, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Carol Jones, Dick Martin, Fannie Flagg Dec 29th, 1978 Found Episode was last aired in August 2004 and no official reason was given for it's pulling.
1406 Guich Koock, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Debralee Scott, Paul Williams, Betty White Mar 5th, 1979 Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged.

Weekly Syndication[edit | edit source]

# Celebrities Airdate Status Notes
7 Avery Schreiber, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Joan Collins, Richard Dawson, Patti Deutsch Unknown Found Pulled after 2001 due to possible 9/11 references
12 Gary Burghoff, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Adrienne Barbeau, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost No official reason, though episode still exists
54 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Roz Kelly, Richard Dawson, Betty White Unknown Found Pulled due to Nazi references and presence of a Swastika
74 Bill Anderson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eva Gabor, Richard Dawson, Betty White Unknown Found Episode was never reran due to the master tape being allegedly damaged and would rerun for the first time in February 2021 on Buzzr
81 Anson Williams, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Mary Ann Mobley, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost No official reason, though episode still exists
82 Gary Burghoff, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Eva Gabor, Richard Dawson, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Lost No official reason, though episode still exists
83 Adam Arkin, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Elaine Joyce, Richard Dawson, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost Episode exist, but Adam Arkin didn't clear his appearances
126 David Doyle, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Debralee Scott, Nipsey Russell, Betty White Unknown Lost No official reason, though episode still exists
127 Nipsey Russell, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Valerie Bertinelli, Edward Asner, Patty Duke Astin Unknown Lost Valerie Bertinelli didn't clear her appearances, episode still exists
128 Greg Morris, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Barbara Rhoades, Bill Daily, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost No official reason, though episode still exists
168 Jack Carter, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Barbara Rhoades, Bill Daily, Abigail Van Buren Unknown Found Pulled from reruns due to use of "fellows" as an answer
170 Nipsey Russell, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Loretta Swit, Dick Martin, Nancy Lane Unknown Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged
179 Bill Cullen, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lee Meriwether, Bill Daily, Betty White Unknown Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged
182 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Dolly Martin, Dick Martin, Betty White Unknown Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged
213 Fred Travalena, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty Kennedy, Robert Donner, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged

Daily Syndication[edit | edit source]

# Celebrities Airdate Status Notes
62 David Doyle, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Randi Oakes, Bill Daily, Marcia Wallace Unknown Found Pulled after 2006 due to "back on the bus" comment
70 Ronny Graham, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Susan Richardson, Arte Johnson, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost No official reason, unknown if episode still exists
71-75 Steve Kanaly, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jamie Lee Curtis, Richard Paul, Fannie Flagg Unknown Lost No official reason, unknown if episodes still exists
109 Bill Anderson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Barbara Rhoades, Bart Braverman, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Lost Pulled from reruns due to vulgar humor, unknown if episodes still exists
111 Clifton Davis, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Gail Farrell, Paul Williams, Betty White Unknown Lost Pulled from reruns due to vulgar humor, unknown if episodes still exists
119 Freeman King, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty Kennedy, Bill Daily, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Lost Pulled from reruns due to vulgar humor, unknown if episodes still exists
185 George Kennedy, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Elaine Joyce, Dick Martin, Betty White Unknown Lost No official reason, episode still exists
186-190 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Connie Stevens, Bart Braverman, Debralee Scott Unknown Partially Found Jimmie Walker hasn't cleared his appearances, 190 last aired in 1985.
227 Richard Kiel, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Mary Ann Mobley, Paul Williams, Marcia Wallace Unknown Found Pulled after circa. 2001 due to reference of the Ku Kluz Klan in a question
245 Richard Deacon, Brett Somers, Fred Grandy, Louise Sorel, Bill Daily, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Found No official reason, episode last aired in 1985.
246-250 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Jonelle Allen, Allen Ludden, Betty White Unknown Lost No official reason, episode still exists
314-315 Don Sutton, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Phyllis Davis, Bart Braverman, Marcia Wallace Unknown Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged
316 & 320 Ted Lange, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Susan Richardson, Robert Donner, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Lost Haven't been seen due to master tapes being damaged or lost
321-325 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Dolly Martin, Bill Daily, Debralee Scott Unknown Lost No official reason, episode still exists
374-375 David Doyle, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Edie McClurg, Paul Williams, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Partially Found No official reason, 375 last aired in 1985.
376-380 Jimmie Walker, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lilibet Stern, Bill Cullen, Elaine Joyce Unknown Lost Jimmie Walker hasn't cleared his appearances, episodes still exists
381-382 Robert Donner, Patty Duke Astin, Charles Nelson Reilly, Betty Kennedy, McLean Stevenson, Joyce Bulifant Unknown Lost No official reason, episode still exists
419 Robert Donner, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Lilibet Stern, McLean Stevenson, Edie McClurg Unknown Lost Only aired on Game Show Network once before being pulled from reruns due to vulgar humor
486 Skip Stephenson, Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Irlene Mandrell, McLean Stevenson, Fannie Flagg Unknown Found Pulled after circa. 2005 due to racist remarks

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Availability[edit | edit source]

Many episodes were taken out of rotation due to either the offensive nature of some questions or jokes, clearances[5] or the deterioration of the master tapes. Game Show Network still airs Match Game as of the writing of this article, but the number of episodes being reran has gone down significantly either due to licensing issues or its offensive content. With the introduction of Buzzr in 2015, many episodes that Game Show Network previously left out of rotation began to emerge (mostly the ones with clearances). Recordings of the banned episodes have become a rarity in the years since they last aired on television. YouTube user "MatchGameProductions" was able to track down most of these rare recordings and uploaded them to his channel.

While some episodes may have deteriorated over the years, many episodes of the show that did air in the 1970s have since vanished from the Goodson-Todman archives. This is odd considering that this and many other Goodson-Todman productions that aired in the 1970s like The Price Is Right, Beat The Clock, To Tell The Truth, Family Feud and Card Sharks have a large number of surviving episodes when most networks or production companies in the decade would erase the show's tapes to make room for other shows. Many of the missing episodes remain at large and their current whereabouts are a mystery.

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