The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour debuted on October 31, 1983 at 3:00 PM Eastern time (2:00 PM in the Central, Mountain, and Pacific zones) on NBC. Both Match Game and Hollywood Squares had been aired on NBC, with (The) Match Game (albeit with different rules) airing from 1962-1969 and (The) Hollywood Squares airing from 1966-1980.
The show's only regular panelists were the co-hosts—Bauman sat on the panel during Match Game and the Super Match, while Rayburn sat on the panel during Hollywood Squares. Several guests on the show did have prior Match Game experience including Charles Nelson Reilly, Fannie Flagg, McLean Stevenson, Fred Travalena, and Bauman (who previously appeared on Match Game and Password Plus in his "Bowzer" persona). Of the former 1970s regulars of Match Game Reilly appeared the most, guesting in seven weeks of episodes, followed by Flagg with four weeks. Few of the original Hollywood Squares regulars appeared in this version, though George Gobel did appear.
Cast members of other NBC series often appeared on the show, as did stand-up comedians like Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall. Game show hosts also appeared on the show, including Bill Cullen, Bob Eubanks, Pat Sajak, Bill Rafferty, and Chuck Woolery (who promoted Scrabble during the week before it premiered). The cast of Leave It to Beaver was reunited for one week at the end of 1983, while a week in May 1984 featured NBC soap opera stars.
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