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
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Top Chef
Top Chef
Wipeout
Wipeout
Hellevator
Hellevator
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
Silent Library
Silent Library
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Project Runway
Project Runway
Match Game
Match Game
Crashletes
Crashletes
Solitary
Solitary
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Next
Next
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Family Feud
Family Feud
Chasing Destiny
Chasing Destiny
Qi
Qi
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Food Fighters
Food Fighters
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Freakshow
Freakshow
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
The People's Court
The People's Court
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Baggage
Baggage
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
X-Play
X-Play
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Exit
Exit
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
I Love Money
I Love Money
Countdown
Countdown
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Top Design
Top Design
Brain Rush
Brain Rush
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Love Connection
Love Connection
Clue
Clue
Bunk
Bunk
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
American Gladiators
American Gladiators
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
Duel
Duel
Opportunity Knocks
Opportunity Knocks
Welcome to the Parker
Welcome to the Parker
Wangan Midnight
Wangan Midnight
The Hollywood Squares
The Hollywood Squares
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
Banzai
Banzai
Vanity Lair
Vanity Lair
Cha$e
Cha$e
Ton of Cash
Ton of Cash
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
Pumped!
Pumped!
Are You Normal, America?
Are You Normal, America?
History Bee
History Bee
The Winner Is
The Winner Is
Oblivious
Oblivious
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
The Chase
The Chase
Win, Lose, or Draw
Win, Lose, or Draw
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
500 Questions
500 Questions
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Framework
Framework
Duff Till Dawn
Duff Till Dawn
The Game Plane
The Game Plane
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
I Survived A Japanese Game Show
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Tim Gunn's Guide To Style
Repo Games
Repo Games