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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The Price is Right
The Price is Right
America's Next Top Model
America's Next Top Model
Wheel of Fortune
Wheel of Fortune
Let's Make A Deal
Let's Make A Deal
Paradise Run
Paradise Run
Top Chef
Top Chef
Project Runway
Project Runway
Deal or No Deal
Deal or No Deal
The American Bible Challenge
The American Bible Challenge
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles
The Biggest Loser
The Biggest Loser
Wipeout
Wipeout
Jeopardy!
Jeopardy!
Family Feud
Family Feud
Skin Wars
Skin Wars
Qi
Qi
Silent Library
Silent Library
Flipping Out
Flipping Out
Preachers of L.A.
Preachers of L.A.
Kitchen Nightmares
Kitchen Nightmares
I Love Money
I Love Money
Family Game Night
Family Game Night
The American Baking Competition
The American Baking Competition
America's Got Talent
America's Got Talent
Family Double Dare
Family Double Dare
Hellevator
Hellevator
Next
Next
Dude, You're Screwed
Dude, You're Screwed
MTV2's Joking Off
MTV2's Joking Off
David Blaine: Beyond Magic
David Blaine: Beyond Magic
Freakshow
Freakshow
Celebrity Apprentice
Celebrity Apprentice
Guy's Grocery Games
Guy's Grocery Games
Estate Of Panic
Estate Of Panic
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
The Challenge: Battle of the Exes 2
Kenny vs. Spenny
Kenny vs. Spenny
The Newlywed Game
The Newlywed Game
The People's Court
The People's Court
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire
Little Big Shots
Little Big Shots
Celebrity Name Game
Celebrity Name Game
Keys to the VIP
Keys to the VIP
Celebrity Family Feud
Celebrity Family Feud
Hole in the Wall
Hole in the Wall
Baggage
Baggage
Idiot Test
Idiot Test
Catch 21
Catch 21
Temptation Island
Temptation Island
Winsanity
Winsanity
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader
Amnesia (2008)
Amnesia (2008)
Survivor
Survivor
Cash Cab
Cash Cab
Destroy Build Destroy
Destroy Build Destroy
The Singing Bee
The Singing Bee
Minute to Win It
Minute to Win It
Travel Girls
Travel Girls
Quest For The Bay
Quest For The Bay
KPOP STAR 2
KPOP STAR 2
Fear Factor
Fear Factor
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Deal or No Deal Daytime
Figure It Out
Figure It Out
It Takes a Church
It Takes a Church
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing
Bad Girls Road Trip
Bad Girls Road Trip
8 Out of 10 Cats
8 Out of 10 Cats
Countdown
Countdown
Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Sports Jeopardy
Sports Jeopardy
Global Beauty Masters
Global Beauty Masters
Shotgun
Shotgun
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Denise Richards: It's Complicated
Dance Machine
Dance Machine
Make Me A Supermodel
Make Me A Supermodel
Nashville Star
Nashville Star
X-Play
X-Play
Battle of the Bods
Battle of the Bods
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Gay, Straight or Taken?
Balls of Steel
Balls of Steel
Lingo
Lingo
Million Dollar Money Drop
Million Dollar Money Drop
Whose Line Is It Anyway
Whose Line Is It Anyway
BrainSurge
BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Family BrainSurge
Killer Karaoke
Killer Karaoke
After Love
After Love
Oh Sit!
Oh Sit!
Immortalized
Immortalized
Bet On Your Baby
Bet On Your Baby
Game Show Network Specials
Game Show Network Specials
Exit
Exit
Owner's Manual
Owner's Manual
Family Dance Off
Family Dance Off
Nick Arcade
Nick Arcade
Game of Arms
Game of Arms
KPOP STAR 4
KPOP STAR 4
Chain Reaction
Chain Reaction
ELeague
ELeague
To Tell the Truth
To Tell the Truth
The $100,000 Pyramid
The $100,000 Pyramid