Love Handles

Love Handles

"Love Handles" is a Canadian game show which was produced by Blair Murdoch from 1996 - 1998 for Global TV, and hosted by Stu Jeffries. The show had the same premise as the United States show "The Newlywed Game". Three married couples or mates competed, including occasional same-sex couples, ostensibly to determine which couple knew each other the best. Like many of Murdoch's shows, "Love Handles" was taped at CKVU-TV in Vancouver, British Columbia. The set had each team sitting on a love seat.

"Love Handles" was rerun during the 2001-02 season on Prime. The show is currently rerun on GameTV.


Rounds 1 & 2

For the first round, one member of each team went offstage to a soundproof room. The three remaining players would stand at a podium and were asked questions about themselves or their partners. The first player to buzz in after a question was read would answer first, then the other two would answer. If a player buzzed in before the question was completed, they would have to answer without hearing the entire question or any multiple choice options, if there were any. Three questions were asked in this manner.

When the partners returned, they had to match answers. Each match was worth five points, except the team whose partner rang in first, which earned an additional seven-point bonus if they matched. The second round was played identically, with the partners switching roles. Each match was worth 10 points, with the bonus still worth an additional seven.

On some episodes, the first player's answer was shown to the viewers as a lower third graphic while their partner guessed. In either case, the first player simply told their partner was their initial response was.

Rounds 3 & 4

One member of a couple was shown a word. They had to come up with a verbal question or clue that would get their partner to say the precise word (synonyms were not accepted). The guessing partner had to sound a hand-held buzzer to respond. This was repeated with a different word for each couple. However, until the guessing partner sounded their buzzer, the guessing partners from the other two teams could say "steal", and try to respond themselves. If the team giving the clue answered correctly, they earned 25 points; a steal was worth 15.

The fourth round was played the same with the partner's again switching roles. The teams were encouraged to come up with personalized clues so that it would be less obvious to the other teams what the word was.


The team that had the most points at the end of the game would win a vacation. If the team played a perfect game, meaning that they got every match right, including stealing all four of their opponent's words in rounds three and four, they would also receive a bond worth $100,000 at maturity.

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