Perfect Match (U.S. game show)

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Perfect Match
Genre Game show
Created by David Briggs
Directed by Joseph Behar
Presented by Bob Goen
Narrated by Johnny Gilbert
Country of origin  United States
Executive producer(s) Bob Synes
Scott A. Stone
Jay Feldman
Producer(s) Scott Sternberg
Location(s) Hollywood Center Studios
Hollywood, California
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) XPTLA Company
Distributor Lorimar-Telepictures
Original network Syndicated
Original release January 13 – September 12, 1986

Perfect Match is an American game show hosted by Bob Goen and announced by Johnny Gilbert, which aired from January 13 to September 12, 1986 in syndication. The game featured three married couples answering questions about their spouses to win money.

Perfect Match was Goen's first game show and the second game show to be distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures after Lorimar Productions purchased Telepictures in 1985. The show was also produced by XPTLA, Inc, whose show The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime launched one week before Perfect Match.

The Perfect Match had also been the name of an earlier TV game show, which aired in syndication in 1967-68 and featured a computer dating theme.

Perfect Match was sold to stations as a replacement for midseason cancellation Catch Phrase, which aired its final episode on January 10, 1986. According to Goen, despite good ratings, it was canceled because the show was too synonymous with The Newlywed Game.[1]

Main Game[edit]

Three recently married couples attempted to match their spouse's answers. Each team began with a bankroll of $200. In Round 1, the wives were secluded off-stage and their husbands were asked a series of questions. The wives returned to the stage and attempted to match the answers given by their spouse. Prior to giving an answer, the wife wagered an amount between $10 and their entire bankroll based on her ability to provide a matching response. Providing the same response added the wager to their bankroll but a non-matching response meant that their wager was deducted from the bankroll. In Round 2, the husbands were secluded offstage while their wives were asked a different set of questions.

Bonus Round[edit]

Each of the couples competed against each other by predicting how their spouses would complete "love notes" to the other. A template letter was shown to the husbands and each selected words they felt would be said by their wife based on the context of the letter. For each match the wives made, their team earned $100. The process was reversed and repeated with each match the husbands made worth $200.

The couple who had the most money at the end of the round won an additional $1,000, however each couple kept any money earned throughout the game. If two or three couples were tied at the end of the game, the $1000 was split between the tied couples and a three way did happen at least once. If any couple matched all of the words in the love notes they won a $5,000 bonus.


  1. ^ "An Audience with Bob Goen". 2011-05-28. Retrieved 19 January 2017.