Game Show TV Shows

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.

About This Genre
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Silent Library
Silent Library
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Wipeout
Wipeout
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Top Chef
Top Chef
Hellevator
Hellevator
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Next
Next
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Project Runway
Project Runway
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Family Feud
Family Feud
500 Questions
500 Questions
Separation Anxiety
Separation Anxiety
There Goes The Neighborhood
There Goes The Neighborhood
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
Freakshow
Freakshow
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Solitary
Solitary
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Love Connection
Love Connection
Top Design
Top Design
Banzai
Banzai
Bunk
Bunk
Broke A$$ Game Show
Broke A$$ Game Show
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
First Impressions with Dana Carvey
First Impressions with Dana Carvey
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
The People's Court
The People's Court
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
I Love Money
I Love Money
Baggage
Baggage
The Great Sperm Race
The Great Sperm Race
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
The Game of Life
The Game of Life
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Bullseye
Bullseye
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Catch 21
Catch 21
Lingo
Lingo
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Celebrity Poker Showdown
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Downfall
Downfall
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Who Wants to be on a Reality Show?
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Your Face or Mine?
Your Face or Mine?
Repo Games
Repo Games
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
After Love
After Love
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Binge Thinking
Binge Thinking
Idiotest
Idiotest
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Survival School
Survival School
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP