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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
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Project Runway
Project Runway
Solitary
Solitary
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Silent Library
Silent Library
Top Chef
Top Chef
Next
Next
Immortalized
Immortalized
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Exit
Exit
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Wipeout
Wipeout
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Super Sloppy Double Dare, Vol. 2
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Qi
Qi
Repo Games
Repo Games
Top Design
Top Design
I Love Money
I Love Money
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Tease
Tease
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
It's All About Amy
It's All About Amy
Jingles
Jingles
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Sex Wars
Sex Wars
Duel
Duel
Baggage
Baggage
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Dicing with Debt
Dicing with Debt
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
After Love
After Love
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Pumped!
Pumped!
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Take It All
Take It All
Freakshow
Freakshow
X-Play
X-Play
The Million Second Quiz
The Million Second Quiz
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
You Deserve It
You Deserve It
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
Whose Line Is It Anyway (UK)
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Love Connection
Love Connection
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
Oblivious
Oblivious
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
History Bee
History Bee
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Picked Off
Picked Off
Survival School
Survival School
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
No Boundaries
No Boundaries
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Escape Routes
Escape Routes
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Bunk
Bunk