Whoopee! Wild 'Newlywed Game' Answers, An Urban Legend (That Wasn't)

By | July 8, 2020

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Bob Eubanks on 'The Newlywed Game,' April 23, 1970. (Photo by Walt Disney Television via Getty Images Photo Archives/Walt Disney Television via Getty Images)

The Newlywed Game, which debuted in 1966, hosted by Bob Eubanks, quizzed newly betrothed couples and yielded outrageous answers every night. The concept was to see which couple knew each other best -- the winners would be able to predict their newly-minted spouse's answers. And host Eubanks became famous for his wit, bemusement at the contestants, and overuse of the euphemism "make whoopee." 

Naturally, marriage was and remains hard. The show expertly created questions that inspired inappropriate or hilariously wrong answers to exceedingly revealing questions. The Newlywed Game gave a glimpse into the uproarious dysfunction all couples live with daily. There was also plenty of entertainment to revel in over the various arguments, heated or jovial, that the newlyweds inevitably fell into over incorrect answers. One particularly priceless answer created an urban legend that lived on for years. 

A Hit From The Start

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A precocious Eubanks guided the show for almost 10 years. (herald-review)

From the get go, The Newlywed Game attracted audiences in droves. Its popularity spelled doom for another show, Password, which employed a slightly similar setup by pitting couples against one another. The Newlywed Game gained steam despite -- or perhaps because of -- its being hosted by a relative youngster. Bob Eubanks was only 28 when he took over emcee duties, making him the youngest host ever at the time. Amazingly, Eubanks also made time to manage Dolly Parton and help The Beatles play the Hollywood Bowl.