Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour/YMMV

Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.

Gene (after being asked a question): I don't know the answer, so I'm going to have to take a wild guess...which really isn't supposed to be the point of this game — either you know the answer or you bluff.

  • They Just Didn't Care: Goodson, for all his talent and contributions to the genre, was given a rare chance to do another company's game and failed "Hollywood Squares 101" — no bluffs, zingers, or correct answers were given to the celebs, and all questions were convoluted either-or situations that left no room for said bluffs and deflated most of the zingers' punch. As an internet poster put it:

Classic Squares Question: "[Celebrity,] is it a good idea to freeze your cheeseballs before serving them?" (insert cheeky zinger by celebrity)
Match Game-Hollywood Squares Question: "Minnie Mouse is throwing a party. Should she freeze her cheeseballs for a few hours before serving them to her guests, or is this a bad idea?"

  • What the Hell, Casting Agency?: Bauman was a decent panelist on Match Game, but what terrible lapse in judgment made Mark Goodson think that somebody would work better than Marshall at hosting Squares...and that that person was Bauman? It could've been worse, though — at least Bauman didn't host in his "Bowzer" persona.