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.

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America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Survivor
Survivor
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Project Runway
Project Runway
Family Feud
Family Feud
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Solitary
Solitary
The Price is Right
The Price is Right
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Wipeout
Wipeout
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Next
Next
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Top Chef
Top Chef
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Bullseye
Bullseye
Silent Library
Silent Library
Hollywood Game Night
Hollywood Game Night
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
The People's Court
The People's Court
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Qi
Qi
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Baggage
Baggage
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Freakshow
Freakshow
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
I Love Money
I Love Money
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Repo Games
Repo Games
Money From Strangers
Money From Strangers
Mind of a Man
Mind of a Man
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Catch 21
Catch 21
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Picked Off
Picked Off
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Oblivious
Oblivious
The Chase (US)
The Chase (US)
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Countdown
Countdown
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Beach Flip
Beach Flip
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Top Design
Top Design
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Elite New Face
Elite New Face
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
Framework
Framework
The Moment Of Truth
The Moment Of Truth
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Tease
Tease
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Take the Money and Run
Take the Money and Run
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Love Connection
Love Connection
Total Blackout
Total Blackout
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
Funniest Wins
Funniest Wins
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Beat the Champions
Beat the Champions
American Gladiators (2008)
American Gladiators (2008)
Amnesia
Amnesia
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Jingles
Jingles
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
X-Play
X-Play
Survival School
Survival School
WCG Ultimate Gamer
WCG Ultimate Gamer
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Great American Road Trip
Great American Road Trip
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
There Goes The Neighborhood
There Goes The Neighborhood
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats