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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 Price is Right
The Price is Right
Project Runway
Project Runway
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Top Chef
Top Chef
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Freakshow
Freakshow
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Next
Next
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Solitary
Solitary
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Wipeout
Wipeout
Qi
Qi
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The People's Court
The People's Court
I Love Money
I Love Money
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Silent Library
Silent Library
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Baggage
Baggage
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Start-Up Junkies
Start-Up Junkies
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Noche de Perros
Noche de Perros
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
X-Play
X-Play
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Duel
Duel
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Fort Boyard - Ultimate Challenge
Tease
Tease
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Scrapheap Challenge
Scrapheap Challenge
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Food Court Wars
Food Court Wars
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
The Game of Life (2011)
The Game of Life (2011)
Bunk
Bunk
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Who's Still Standing
Who's Still Standing
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
101 Ways to Leave a Game Show
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Without Prejudice
Without Prejudice
The Big Food Fight
The Big Food Fight
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Exit
Exit
Top Design
Top Design
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Wanna Bet?
Wanna Bet?
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Survival School
Survival School
Head Games
Head Games
Pawnography
Pawnography
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Pumped!
Pumped!
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
History Bee
History Bee
After Love
After Love
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
TableTop
TableTop
Underground BBQ Challenge
Underground BBQ Challenge
The Great Escape
The Great Escape
World's Toughest Trucker
World's Toughest Trucker
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
American Grilled
American Grilled
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Bam's Bad Ass Game Show
Escape Routes
Escape Routes
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay