Let's Make a Deal

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Let's Make a Deal is a television game show which originated in the United States and has since been produced in many countries throughout the world. The show is based around deals offered to members of the audience by the host. The contestants usually have to weigh the possibility of an offer being for a valuable prize, or an undesirable item, referred to as a "zonk". Let's Make a Deal is also known for the various unusual and crazy costumes worn by audience members, who dressed up that way in order to increase their chances of being selected as a contestant. The show was hosted for many years by Monty Hall, who co-produced the show with Stefan Hatos.

The original and most widely-known version of the show aired from 1963 to 1976 on both NBC and ABC. A weekly nighttime syndicated version of the show aired from 1971 to 1977. Two daily syndicated versions aired in the 1980s. A show based in Canada aired from 1980 to 1981, while The All New Let's Make a Deal aired from 1984 to 1986. NBC aired a daytime series in 1990-1991 and three episodes of a weekly prime time version in 2003.

The weekly nighttime syndicated version, seen from 1971-1977, was distributed by ABC Films and its successor, Worldvision Enterprises. The 1980 daily syndicated version was co-produced and distributed by Canadian production company Catalena Productions (Rhodes Productions was the U.S. distributor). The 1984 daily syndicated version was distributed by Telepictures. One episode of the show was part of the summer replacement series Gameshow Marathon on CBS in 2006, hosted by Ricki Lake.

Directed by

Joe Behar (1963-85)

Hank Behar (1985-86)

Lenn Goodside (2009)

Presented by

Monty Hall (1963-1977, 1980-1981, 1984-1986, 1990-1991)

Bob Hilton (1990)

Billy Bush (2003)

Ricki Lake (2006 Gameshow Marathon special)

Wayne Brady (2009-present)



Carol Merrill (1963-1977)

Maggie Brown (1980-1981)

Juliet Hall (1980-1981)

Karen LaPierre (1984-1986)

Melanie Vincz (1984-1986)

Diane Klimaszewski (1990-1991)

Elaine Klimaszewski (1990-1991)

Georgia Satelle (1990-1991)

Alison Fiori (2009-Present)

Narrated by Wendell Niles (1963-1964)

Jay Stewart (1964-1977)

Chuck Chandler (1980-1981)

Brian Cummings (1984-1985)

Dean Goss (1985-1986)

Dean Miuccio (1990-1991)

Vance DeGeneres (2003)

Rich Fields (2006 Gameshow Marathon special)

Jonathan Mangum (2009-Present)

Country of origin United States

No. of episodes ~4,700


Producer(s) Stefan Hatos

Mark-Maxwell Smith (2003)

Michael Richards (2009)

Running time 30 minutes (1963-1977, 1980-1981, 1984-1986, 1990-1991)

60 minutes (2003, 2009-Present)

Production company(s) Stefan Hatos-Monty Hall Productions (1963-1977, 1980-1981, 1984-1986)

Catalena Productions (1980-1981)

Dick Clark Productions and Ron Greenberg Productions (1990-1991)

Renegade 83/Monty Hall Enterprises, Inc. (2003)

FremantleMedia North America (2009)

Distributor ABC Films/Worldvision Enterprises (1971-1977)

Rhodes Productions (1980-1981)

Telepictures Corporation (1984-1986)


Original channel NBC (1963-1968, 1990-1991, 2003)

ABC (1968-1976)

Syndicated (1971-1977, 1980-1981, 1984-1986)

CBS (2006 Gameshow Marathon special; 2009-Present)

Original run December 30, 1963 – Present

Who talked about this show

Joseph Behar

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Joe Behar on directing the pilot of Let's Make a Deal and the premise of the show
Joe Behar on the format and costumes of Let's Make a Deal
Joe Behar on the producers of Let's Make a Deal and other talent on the program; on suggesting models be on the show
Joe Behar on the typical production schedule on Let's Make a Deal
Joe Behar on why Let's Make a Deal ended and later versions of the show
Joe Behar on the popularity of Let's Make a Deal
Joe Behar on directing Days of Our Lives and Let's Make a Deal during the same period

Monty Hall

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Monty Hall on co-creating Let's Make a Deal with Stefan Hatos
Monty Hall on the diversity of Let's Make a Deal contestants
On the budget, cast, crew, and format of Let's Make a Deal
Monty Hall on how the concept of contestants in costumes on Let's Make a Deal came about
Monty Hall on the great and "zonk" prizes on Let's Make a Deal
Monty Hall on the production schedule of Let's Make a Deal
Monty Hall on why Let's Make a Deal went off the air
Monty Hall on Dick Clark getting Let's Make a Deal back on the air

Barney McNulty

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Barney McNulty on doing cue cards for Let's Make a Deal, Ralph Edwards, and The Carol Burnett Show

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on working on Let's Make a Deal

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