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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Celebs cheer the contestants on and apologize if they don't make a match.
Positive Role Models
Host Baldwin is gently mocking to his guests in classic game show-host style.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes about sex, mostly on a pretty base level, with references to "boners," lube, streaking. Guests make frequent double entendres, and questions are designed to bring forth off-color answers.
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Very infrequent cursing: "asses." When a celebrity says "s--t" it's bleeped and his face is blurred so you can't read his lips.
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Products & Purchases
Occasional mention of brands: Costco.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional references to or jokes about drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Match Game is a slightly bawdy game show. There's no violence, smoking, or drugs, but there is mild cursing, with infrequent network-OK swear words ("ass") as well as the occasional more intense word ("s--t") bleeped and with the person saying it blurred so his or her lips cannot be read. Questions are designed to bring off-color answers and include a query about what a clown college student would wear streaking or what a grocery store would give away in its new adults-only aisle. Many fourth-grade-level words and jokes about things like lube, boners, peeing, and farting. Host Baldwin frequently -- but gently -- mocks contestants and celebrity participants alike.
Is It Any Good?
The vibe is loose and giggly, Baldwin is an apt and quick-witted host, and the celebrity guests are game on this nicely done reboot of the 1960s quiz show that's a lot of fun to watch. As Generation X viewers may recall if they watched the daytime version of the game with Gene Rayburn and celebs such as Charles Nelson Reilly, the emphasis is really on humor and silly, smutty jokes than on winning big money. Baldwin keeps that loose and naughty vibe going, with questions about what was found on Uranus (har, har, har) asked of celebrity guests such as Michael Ian Black, Tituss Burgess, Debra Messing, and Rosie O'Donnell, who are alternatively helpful to contestants and going for the best joke. If you don't mind your teens hearing jokes about Viagra and farts, this is an amusing choice for more mature family viewers.
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