Dumb Dora was so dumb that she didn’t realize this week marks the 40th anniversary of Match Game
‘s ’70s incarnation. That’s right: The game show that brought you Gene Rayburn
’s Neanderthal posture, that funky think music, and the exploits of Brett Somers
, Charles Nelson Reilly
, Richard Dawson
and many more is 40 years old. It’s an irreplaceable treasure. There is no show like it, and I’m including other celebrity-dappled games like Hollywood Squares
in that estimation.
Let’s celebrate with an old-fashioned countdown: the 10 best celebrities in Match Game
10. Gary Burghoff
Always the most cherished understudy in the ever-important Top Right chair, Burghoff was pleasant and game without being histrionic. Always on my Radar.
9. Elaine Joyce
Once and for all, the only Bottom Left-seated celebrity who could be both the ditzy blonde and a self-aware, naughty player too. She married Neil Simon