|Pilot, August 21, 1963|
NBC Daytime, Monday, September 9, 1963 – Friday, March 27, 1964
ABC Daytime, Monday, March 30, 1964 – Friday, December 25, 1964
|Ed McMahon 1963-1964|
Dick Clark 1964
|NBC Studio 6A, New York City, New York|
Elysee Theater, New York City, New York (ABC)
Missing Links was a game show.
A panel of three celebrities faced a studio contestant who came in with an unusual story. He/she gave a statement with a blank at the end or near the end, and then each panelist tried to guess the missing word. A correct answer from one celebrity won money for the contestant (unlike most panel shows using this type of format), but an incorrect answer passed the turn to the next star. If all three missed, the host gave the starting letter to the answer and the round continued as before.
A correct answer on the first chance won the contestant $50, while a correct answer on a second chance was worth $25. Four statements were played, with the top possible prize being $200.
Three guests played each day, with the final guest being a celebrity.
- Host: Ed McMahon (1963-1964), Dick Clark (1964)
- Announcer: Johnny Olson
- Producer: Ira Skutch
- Directors: Mike Garguilo, Alan Mifelow, Ira Skutch
- Set Designer: Romain Johnston
This was the last game show Dick Clark hosted before the Pyramid.
It was on this game show that when Nipsey Russell was a panelist, McMahon or Clark would always ask him to do a poem. That started Russell's trademark to do poetry when guessing on other game shows.
Main Article: Missing Links/Merchandise
See Also: Missing Links/Episode Guide
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.