NBC Primetime, Thursday, July 7, 1955 – Thursday, September 29, 1955
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 formatEdit

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.



Regular Panelists were:


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



Episode StatusEdit

See also: Make the Connection/Episode Guide

Only a handful of the thirteen episodes exist, including at least one McKay episode. GSN has occasionally shown an episode (mostly those hosted by Rayburn) in its "black and white" programming blocks.


Make the Connection (1955) with Panelist Betty White25:08

Make the Connection (1955) with Panelist Betty White

Make the Connection Opening01:01

Make the Connection Opening

Make The Connection opening theme 1955 Gene Rayburn00:47

Make The Connection opening theme 1955 Gene Rayburn

Monkey on Make the Connection 1950s05:46

Monkey on Make the Connection 1950s

Make The Connection ending 1955 with Gene Rayburn00:42

Make The Connection ending 1955 with Gene Rayburn

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