Missing Links (game show)

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Missing Links
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Host Ed McMahon.
Created by Mark Goodson
Bill Todman
Presented by Ed McMahon (NBC)
Dick Clark (ABC)
Narrated by Johnny Olson
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes NBC: 135
Running time 30 Minutes
Original network NBC (1963-1964)
ABC (1964)
Original release September 9, 1963 – December 25, 1964

Missing Links is a Goodson-Todman game show hosted by Ed McMahon which originally ran on NBC from September 9, 1963 to March 27, 1964.

Game play[edit]

A panel of three celebrities faced a studio contestant who came in with an unusual story. He/she read the story to the panel. When he/she came to a sentence with a blank or blanks at the end or near the end, each panelist tried to guess the missing word or words. A correct answer from one celebrity won $50 for the contestant (unlike most panel shows using this type of format), but an incorrect answer passed the turn to the next celebrity. If all three missed, the host gave the starting letter or letters of the answer and the round continued as before, with a correct guess earning only $25.

Three guests played each day, with the final guest being a celebrity.

On the August 21, 1963 pilot, the guest predicted whether each word would be guessed or not. If the guest predicted that the word would be guessed, he or she earned $10 for each of six chances remaining. Predicting the word would not be guessed earned $10 for each wrong guess. On the last of six statements, each panelist took only one guess with the first letter revealed and a correct prediction earned $20 per incorrect guess or chance remaining, depending on the guest's prediction.

Broadcast history[edit]

Missing Links debuted on September 9, 1963 at 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30, Central), replacing The Price is Right in a scheduling shuffle with Concentration (which took Price's slot at 11:00/10:00) against Seven Keys on ABC and local programming on CBS. On December 30, ABC swapped Keys out and introduced Dick Clark's first foray into game-show hosting, The Object Is, which was cancelled after thirteen weeks.

On March 30, 1964, Missing Links moved to ABC to replace the cancelled The Object Is with Clark replacing McMahon as host. Its place on NBC's schedule was taken by Jeopardy!, which quickly grew in popularity. Shortly after this, CBS began counterprogramming Missing Links with reruns of The Jack Benny Program and the ratings for the game show slid even further. ABC cancelled Missing Links almost nine months later and the show came to an end on December 25, 1964.

Episode status[edit]

The series is believed to have been destroyed as per network policies of the era. The December 24, 1964 episode is held by the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[1]