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About Game Show

The game show is another of the oldest genres of television programming. The TV game show is descended from the radio quiz show, a popular genre that featured contestants answering questions or solving puzzles in an attempt to win money or prizes. The TV version of the quiz show was popular throughout the 1950s, and game shows held prominent positions in both day-time and night-time programming.

In the late 1950s, a series of scandals in which a number of quiz shows were discovered to be rigged led to a significant decline in the popularity of game shows on television. A few popular programs held on, but overall, the 1960s were a quiet time for TV game shows. The 1970s saw a major revival of the genre, however, with the success of shows like Family Fued, The $10,000 Pyramid, The Price is Right, Wheel of Fortune and many others. The celebrity panel show, in which a group of celebrities rather than ordinary contestants answered the questions, had remained popular through the 1960s, and the panel show also saw an explosion of popularity in the 70s.

Another lull in the popularity of TV game shows occurred in the 1980s, but there was a resurgence of the genre late in the 1990s, led by the success of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Day-time game shows were essentially gone, but the game show returned to prime time, and game shows were widespread on cable networks.

The 90s also saw a fusion of the game show genre with the new reality-TV genre, as shows such as Survivor combined elements of competition with the unscripted, unpredictable nature of reality TV. The content of competitive shows expanded as well, as contestants began to compete not just in quiz- or knowledge-based areas, but also in performance contests such as dance or singing competitions.

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Survivor
Survivor
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Top Chef
Top Chef
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Project Runway
Project Runway
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Qi
Qi
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Silent Library
Silent Library
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Wipeout
Wipeout
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Next
Next
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Pawnography
Pawnography
Family Feud
Family Feud
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Baggage
Baggage
Solitary
Solitary
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Countdown
Countdown
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Freakshow
Freakshow
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Take It All
Take It All
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Tease
Tease
Exit
Exit
X-Play
X-Play
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
I Love Money
I Love Money
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Oblivious
Oblivious
Picked Off
Picked Off
Cha$e
Cha$e
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Repo Games
Repo Games
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Pumped!
Pumped!
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Bunk
Bunk
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Head Games
Head Games
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Great American Road Trip
Great American Road Trip
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
The People's Court
The People's Court
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Survival School
Survival School
Duel
Duel
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Dirty Dancing (TV)
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
History Bee
History Bee