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NBC Primetime, Thursday, July 7, 1955 – Thursday, September 29, 1955
Number of episodes
Run time
30 Minutes
Jim McKay July
Gene Rayburn August-September
Lee Vines
Durward Kirby
Century Theatre, New York City, New York

Make the Connection was a different kind of Goodson-Todman panel show. 

Game format[edit | edit source]

Two contestants with a special connection with each other, sat on opposite sides of the host and facing a panel of four celebrities. The panel's job was to figure out what the connection is. Each panelist had 30 seconds to ask the contestants. Each time a panelist's time ran out and the connection was not guessed, the team won $25. The panel was stumped if they did not guess the connection after three minutes (3:00) of questioning, making the possible total of $150 for the team.

Like most Goodson-Todman panel shows, a celebrity guest would visit and try to stump the panel. One notable guest was the monkey J. Fred Muggs from the Today Show.

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Panelists[edit | edit source]

Regular Panelists were:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

Gene Rayburn made his debut as a game show host on this show.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

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Episode Status[edit | edit source]

See also: Make the Connection/Episode Guide

Twelve of the thirteen episodes exist, including three McKay episodes, with eleven of them being held by UCLA. GSN has occasionally shown an episode (mostly those hosted by Rayburn) in its "black and white" programming blocks. The status of the premiere is unknown.

Video[edit | edit source]


Make the Connection Pilot


Make the Connection (1955) with Panelist Betty White


Make the Connection Opening


Make The Connection opening theme 1955 Gene Rayburn


Monkey on Make the Connection 1950s


Make The Connection (August 25, 1955)


Classic Game Show - Make the Connection


Make The Connection ending 1955 with Gene Rayburn

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