Let's Make a Deal

Let's Make a Deal Game Show

Let's Make a Deal was created and hosted by Monty Hall until 1990.  The show first started in 1963 and had two runs in the 1980's:  1980 to 1981 and 1984 to 1986.  The show was extremely popular, especially given that regular members of the audience were called up as "traders" to make deals.

In Let's Make a Deal, audience members (sometimes couples) were picked by the host to play a number of different games.  These traders were given prizes like a television or some cash, and then given the opportunity to trade what they were given for an unknown mystery gift.  Mystery gifts were hidden behind boxes, curtains, or panels.  These gifts were either legitimate offerings, such as trips, furniture, or even cars, or the gift was a "zonk" (a junky prize with no real value).