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I've been watching a lot of classic game shows on BUZZR lately, what are some of everyone's favorites? Also who would you say are some of the best game show hosts?

 

I really like Press Your Luck, Match Game, Sale of the Century, Card Sharks. I think Allen Ludden, Jim Perry and Peter Tomarken are a few of the great hosts we've had

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Interesting that both shows had gay contestants playing in their first airing. The guy on CS was flaming big time..lol

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I strongly dislike the "single-player" elements of the new PYL and CS. It's the game show trend that I've hated for years, and both shows were perfectly fine without it.

All-time favorite games are, in no particular order, The Price is Right, The $100,000 Pyramid (all incarnations), Match Game, Supermarket Sweep, Split Second, Card Sharks, Password Plus, and Jeopardy.

 

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I’m watching Nickelodeon’s Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, and John Cena is a very impressive host! Not sure if Nickelodeon is the right audience for this show, which I’ve never been a huge fan of, but I’d be interested to see Cena host something else.

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I love all the classics on BUZZR. Sale Of The Century is really one of my all time favorites. I wish they would find the entire 1983-1989 run instead of airing certain episodes. I also wish they would run Name That Tune, Tic Tac Dough, Jokers Wild, and Dream House (1983-84). The schedule is filled with too much Match Game. 

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I love SOTC, and Supermarket Sweep. I watched an episode of Card Sharks with Jim Perry the other day and they had all time favorite's episode and guess who was a contestant? Alex Trebek LOL, he a few other well knows from tv hosting and whatnot

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Buzzr is a regular part of my latenight TV viewing. Brenda Dickson was in a couple of episodes of Match Game the other night. Richard gave Gene the whole rundown of her storyline with Phillip and Kay.

 

I also enjoy What's My Line? It's so charming to me how formal the show is with the tuxedos and gowns. Being on television was a big deal in those early years, when people still got dressed to go shopping downtown or to take a flight. It's also really sobering to watch the episodes right after the deaths of Fred Allen and Dorothy Kilgallen.

 

 

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On 6/27/2019 at 8:24 PM, SFK said:

I also enjoy What's My Line? It's so charming to me how formal the show is with the tuxedos and gowns. Being on television was a big deal in those early years, when people still got dressed to go shopping downtown or to take a flight. It's also really sobering to watch the episodes right after the deaths of Fred Allen and Dorothy Kilgallen.


I go down the WML? Mystery Guest rabbit hole several times a year. It's just so fun to watch the panelists deduce who the guests are with such questions as "Are you in a motion picture currently appearing on Broadway?" and "Would you say your appearances on television are of the regular sort or of the irregular sort?"

That latest trip down the rabbit hole led me deeeep into the 70s WML? and To Tell the Truth, which pushed me into more 70s games. I watched a few episodes of the short-lived 1975 show Musical Chairs, which was kinda ahead of its time (basically, it was a "guess the next lyric" show, but with famous singers performing the songs live - including SFT's Mary Stuart!). It was very cute, and the host was super charming.

Last few days have been tons of The Joker's Wild, which I watched when it was on GSN years ago but never paid too much attention to. I never realized how really exciting and fun it was! The more I watch, the more it becomes one of my top faves. Jack Barry was having the time of his life hosting it, too, which is good after all the troubles he had in the 50s and 60s. It's nice that he ended his career and life hosting a huge hit.

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I think it's a kick to see Peggy Cass regularly on these reruns of classic game shows while Retro TV is airing her run as the nutty but loving hospital receptionist Sweeney on The Doctors. Of course, some of her game show persona spilled over into her soap character...but at this point in the reruns of TD, Sweeney is written with a bit more substance - taking an emotionally wounded nurse's aide under her wing and into her home, essentially becoming a mother figure. In any case, Peggy Cass seemed like a very sharp lady.

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I always remember Peggy Cass as the hilarious big mouth mother of Abby, Gidget's rival in "Gidget Goes Hawaiian (1961)". Jeff Donnell (Stella on GH) was Gidget's mother and Carl Reiner was her father. Reiner and Donnell  were great together. There is one scene where she is trying to feed him pineapple on the beach that makes me chuckle. 

 

Vicki Trickett was good as the snotty jealous Abby, but dropped out of acting to become a teacher according to her imdb bio. She was already a mother in real life when she won the role at age 22. 

 

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