The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour
|Caption=What happens when Mark Goodson fused two long-running game shows into an hour-long show with one half being great; while [[mh:besttvshows:Hollywood Squares|butchering the other half.}}
|Running Time=44 Minutes
|Release Date=October 31, 1983 – July 27, 1984
|Created by=Mark Goodson
Bob Quigley |Distributed by=MGM Worldwide Television
Fremantle North America |Starring= |Seasons=1 |Episodes=191 }} The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour was a short-lived game show that aired from September 1983 to September 1984. As it implies, it fused Match Game and The Hollywood Squares into an hour-long show, however, it was dropped and cancelled during the start of NBC's 1984-85 season, along with Bay City Blues and The Duck Factory.
Why It Sucks
- Jon Bauman was a terrible host.
- The Hollywood Squares format was butchered.
- Lack of zingers.
- The set, while it was inventive, it could've been a bit better.
- Gene Rayburn hated working with Jon Bauman.
- It was so bad, its cancellation likely contributed to longtime Goodson producer Ira Skutch's departure from Mark Goodson Productions (despite Skutch not having any involvement with this show).
- Great theme song, which was later used as a car cue on The Price is Right and the Bob Eubanks version of Card Sharks.
- Gene Rayburn is still excellent as the host.
- The show does have its fair share of funny and hilarious moments.
- Memorable celebrities like Nedra Volz, Bill Cullen, Charles Nelson-Reilly, etc.
- The Telephone Match from the original 1960s version of The Match Game returned in 1984 after a 15-year long absence.
- The Match Game-Hollywood Squares hour was Mark Goodson's second hour-long game show, the first being The Price is Right.
- In the past, Jon Bauman occasionally made appearances on Match Game (by his nickname Bowzer from Sha Na Na), particularly from 1978-1980.
- Butch Hartman, who famously created Nicktoons like The Fairly OddParents and Danny Phantom, was a contestant on this show on December 22, 1983 (his episode is first shown on January 3, 1984.)