Match Game

TV review by
Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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Charming game show reboot has naughty humor, mild language.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Celebs cheer the contestants on and apologize if they don't make a match. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Host Baldwin is gently mocking to his guests in classic game show-host style. 


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. 


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. 


Occasional mention of brands: Costco. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Occasional references to or jokes about drinking. 

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDisappointedbad June 13, 2019

Match Game ruined.

This game show, once a classic has been co opted by Satan. Dirty and lewd remarks actions and words led by Alec Baldwin. Contestants are more actors than people... Continue reading
Adult Written byFootnote February 27, 2019

Shame on you Alec Baldwin

Shame on you Alec Baldwin, Match game used to be good now they got the panel doing whatever they want to do, it’s kind of stupid now, Also most of the panel... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old December 26, 2020

Mature audiences only

Match Game aint what it used to be
Teen, 15 years old Written bywizardortitan January 14, 2017

Every joke is it's basically like walking into a middle school.

This isn't your grandma's Match Game, though the show's had a risque nature even dating back to 1998. Carries a TV-14 rating entirely for its sex... Continue reading

What's the story?

On each hour-long episode of MATCH GAME, the reboot of the Gene Rayburn-hosted version that debuted in 1962, a panel of six celebrities faces down two contestants. Host Alec Baldwin asks a series of slightly raunchy questions, such as, "Mick Jagger is writing a Viagra commercial: I can't get no blank." After each question, the celebs and one contestant in turn write down an answer. Each time the celebrities' answers match the contestant's, he or she gets points, money, and the chance to compete in a bonus round for even more cash. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why a game show that first premiered in 1962 is back again. Why are shows and movies remade? What's the appeal -- to makers of movies and TV shows? To the audience? 

  • Why are Match Game's questions about off-color topics -- streaking, Donald Trump -- rather than about trivia or history? Is this show designed to educate, entertain, or both? 

TV details

  • Premiere date: June 26, 2016
  • Cast: Alec Baldwin
  • Network: ABC
  • Genre: Game Shows
  • TV rating: TV-14
  • Last updated: September 20, 2019

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