|NBC Primetime, Thursday, July 7, 1955 – Thursday, September 29, 1955|
|Jim McKay July|
Gene Rayburn August-September
|Century Theatre, New York City, New York|
Make the Connection was a different kind of Goodson-Todman panel show.
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.
- Host: Jim McKay, Gene Rayburn
- Announcer: Lee Vines, Durward Kirby
- Executive Producer: Gil Fates
- Producer: Chester Feldman
- Director: Jerome Schnur
- Music Director: Jack Shaindlin
Regular Panelists were:
Gene Rayburn made his debut as a game show host on this show.
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.