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Peter Marshall and Leslie Uggams were the presenters of this hour-long daytime show on NBC, one of the first produced by Merrill Heatter after the retirement of Bob Quigley. Members of the public wrote in to have their wishes fulfilled on television; the show was at its best when it focused on human-interest stories, such as reuniting families or helping those who could not afford to meet basic family needs.
Part Game Show and part musical revue, Fantasy ran from September 13, 1982 to October 28, 1983 and was replaced by Mark Goodson's The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour...but Marshall was not invited to pick up again as "Master of the Squares", instead being replaced by the unproven Jon Bauman. Neither has done very much since then.
Game Show Tropes in use:
- Cool Car: The Fantasy truck.
- Hey, It's That Guy!: Peter Marshall was formerly the host of The Hollywood Squares.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: The only episode known to circulate is also the only one aired by GSN, featuring Sylvester Stallone and Jed Allan.
- Twenty Minutes Into the Future: The concept of the series seems more like a modern Reality Show then the 1983 model of a Game Show.